Check out all the matches today involving NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball teams and how to follow live.
No. 2/2 UCLA (3-0, 0-0 MPSF) vs. No. 4/3 UC Irvine (1-1, 0-0 MPSF)
Match vitals: 7 p.m. in Irvine, California
Follow live: Live stats, Online video, In-match tweets
What to know: No. 2/2 UCLA and coach John Speraw learned all too well just how efficient UC Irvine outside attacker Tamhir Hershko can be on offense last season. The Off the Block/Springbak, Inc. Preseason All-American had double-digit kills and at least a .375 attack percentage in all three victories against the Bruins in 2015. This will also be the first time No. 4/3 UC Irvine and UCLA have played each other since Hershko had 10 kills and zero errors on a .556 attack percentage to help the Anteaters sweep the Bruins in the 2015 MPSF Tournament quarterfinals. In addition, Hershko led the Anteaters with a combined 26 kills as the team split its two matches at the AVCA Showcase last weekend. UCLA opens conference play after finishing its three-match East Coast road trip undefeated. Middle attacker Mitch Stahl had a combined 17 blocks in the three victories against nationally ranked teams and was named the National Player of the Week. Along with Stahl, setter Micah Ma’a was selected as the Off the Block/Springbak, Inc. National Co-Freshmen of the Week after helping guide the Bruins’ offense to more than a .350 attack percentage in two of their first three matches. Ma’a is one of two setters in the Bruins’ starting lineup. UCLA last week became one of the first teams in recent college men’s volleyball history to run a 6-2 offense for the majority of its matches.
No. 1/1 BYU vs. No. 11 Stanford
Match vitals: 7 p.m. in Provo, Utah
Follow live: Live stats, Online video, In-match tweets, TV (BYUtv)
What to know: There will be plenty of noise in Smith Fieldhouse, which is already one of the loudest college volleyball venues in the nation. No. 1/1 BYU will look to remain the unanimous top ranked team in both the coaches poll and media poll as it plays host to No. 13 Stanford in its conference opener. The last time the Cougars and Cardinal played at Smith Fieldhouse players said they could feel the court floor shaking because of the crowd noise in that BYU sweep during the 2014 season. Both BYU and Stanford went undefeated in non-conference play last week. BYU defeated No. 6/5 Loyola and George Mason at the AVCA Showcase. In addition, All-American opposite Ben Patch in his college debut following a two-year church mission had a match-high 21 kills in the four-game victory against Loyola. Stanford opened its season with a Midwest road trip as it defeated No. 15 Ball State and IPFW. The Cardinal offense with All-American setter James Shaw back from an injury and in the starting lineup finished with a .360 attack percentage in the two matches.
No. 7/9 Ohio State (2-1, 0-0 MIVA) vs. George Mason (0-3, 0-0 EIVA)
Match vitals: 7 p.m. in Columbus, Ohio
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What to know: It doesn’t get any easier for George Mason and first-year head coach Jay Hosack. George Mason will play its fourth consecutive match to open the season against a top-10 nationally ranked team as it travels to No. 7/9 Ohio State. The Buckeyes opened their season going 2-1 on an East Coast road trip. Preseason All-American outside attacker Nicholas Szerszen had double-digit kills in all the three matches, including a team-high 21 kills, 11 digs and three aces in a four-game loss to UCLA. The sophomore was also selected as the MIVA Offensive Player of the Week. George Mason following a season-opening loss to UCLA at home last week lost both its matches to BYU and UC Irvine at the AVCA Showcase. Despite the losses, outside attacker Christian Malias led the Patriots in kills in every match and was named the EIVA Offensive Player of the Week. Malias also had a team-high 16 kills in a four-game loss to BYU on Saturday.
Erskine (0-0, 0-0 CC) vs. Mount St. Joseph (0-0)
Match vitals: 7 p.m. in Cincinnati
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Belmont Abbey (0-0, 0-0 CC) vs. St. Andrews (0-0)
Match vitals: 7 p.m. in Laurinburg, North Carolina
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Coker (1-0) vs. Lancaster Bible (0-0)
Match vitals: 7 p.m. Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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Grand Canyon (2-0, 0-0 MIVA) vs. Holy Names (0-2)
Match vitals: 6 p.m. in Phoenix, Arizona
Follow live: In-match tweets