Initial look at Conference Championship Friday matches

Everything is all set for Conference Championship Friday.

Check out the match-ups and the stats to know for the upcoming conference tournament championship matches.



No. 1 seed Lewis (26-2, 15-1 MIVA) vs. No. 2 seed Loyola (24-2, 14-2 MIVA)
Match vitals:
7 p.m. in Romeoville, Illinois
Season series: Lewis leads 2-0
Last MIVA Tournament title: Loyola (2014); Lewis (2013)
Historical stats to know: This is the first time that two teams have met three consecutive years in the MIVA Tournament championship match during the rally scoring era. Lewis has lost two home postseason matches in the last 16 years. However, one of those losses was against Loyola in the 2013 MIVA Tournament championship match.


No. 1 seed UC Irvine (27-4, 20-3 MPSF) vs. No. 3 seed Pepperdine (23-5, 17-5 MPSF)
Match vitals:
7 p.m. in Irvine, California
Season series: Tied at 1-1
Last MPSF Tournament title: UC Irvine (2012); Pepperdine (2005)
Historical stats to know: The last time UC Irvine played Pepperdine in the MPSF Tournament the Anteaters rallied from a two-game deficit to beat the Waves in five games and win the 2007 MPSF championship. Pepperdine All-American outside attacker Josh Taylor has 97 combined kills in matches against UC Irvine during the last three years.


No. 1 seed Penn State (19-9, 12-0 EIVA) vs. No. 3 seed George Mason (15-12, 7-5 EIVA)
Match vitals:
7 p.m. in University Park, Pennsylvania
Season series: Penn State leads 2-0
Last EIVA Tournament title: Penn State (2014); George Mason (1988)
Historical stats to know: Penn State is on a 23-match winning streak in the EIVA Tournament finals dating back to 1991, including six victories against George Mason in championship matches. George Mason in its last two EIVA Tournament meetings versus Penn State has won at least one game.