Top college men’s volleyball matches to follow tonight

Check out all the matches today involving NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball teams and how to follow them live.


No. 2/3 Long Beach State (5-0, 2-0 MPSF) vs. No. 3/2 BYU (3-1, 1-1 MPSF)
Match vitals:
7 p.m. in Long Beach, California
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What to know: Undefeated No. 2/3 Long Beach State and its nation’s top ranked freshmen recruiting class will face its biggest challenge of the season so far as it opens a two-match series against No. 3/2 BYU. The 49ers are 5-0 for the first time since 2008, which was the last time they won the MPSF championship. Freshman outside attacker TJ DeFalco had a team-high 40 combined kills and nine combined aces in conference victories against Cal Baptist and No. 15 USC last week. DeFalco following that performance was named the National Player of the Week and the Off the Block/Springbak, Inc. National Freshman of the Week. Along with DeFalco, Long Beach State’s offense has more than a .300 attack percentage in every match so far this season. BYU enters its first road match of the season after opening conference play last weekend splitting a two-match series against No. 8/5 Stanford. BYU All-American opposite Ben Patch leads the conference with a 4.71 kills per game average, including having a season-high 25 kills in the Cougars’ five-game victory against the Cardinal on Saturday. This was the third time this season that Patch finished a match with at least 20 kills. BYU middle attacker Michael Hatch also enters this road match with a conference-best 28 blocks.

No. 10 Penn State (2-2, 0-0 EIVA) vs. No. 14 Ball State (3-1, 0-0 MIVA)
Match vitals:
7 p.m. in University Park, Pennsylvania
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What to know: One of the oldest non-conference rivalries in college men’s volleyball history will be renewed as No. 10 Penn State plays host to No. 14 Ball State. Penn State returns home after splitting a two-match Midwest road trip, including beating No. 13 Lewis in five games on Saturday. Outside attacker Jalen Penrose leads the EIVA with a 4.07 kills per game average, while outside attacker Chris Nugent is second in the conference averaging 3.94 kills per game. Penrose had a career-high 22 kills in the team’s win against Lewis. Nugent also had a match-high 22 kills versus Lewis and has double-digit kills in every match so far this season. A victory versus the Cardinals would be the Nittany Lions’ third non-conference win against a nationally ranked team. Ball State is on a three-match winning streak and but has yet to beat a nationally ranked team this season. The Cardinals are leading the MIVA with a 2.79 blocks per game average. MIddle attacker Alex Pia is also second in the conference with a 1.21blocks per game average, including having a match-high six blocks in Ball State’s four-game victory against Harvard last week. Ball State is 3-2 in its last five matches against Penn State but has not won at Rec Hall since 2006.


No. 4/4 UC Irvine (2-2, 1-1 MPSF) vs. No. 11/10 Pepperdine (3-1, 2-1 MPSF)
Match vitals:
7 p.m. in Malibu, California
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What to know: Two of the top offensive players in the MPSF will face each other as No. 4/4 UC Irvine travels to No. 11/10 Pepperdine. Both UC Irvine outside attacker Tamir Hershko and Pepperdine opposite Matt Tarantino are among the MPSF leaders in multiple statistical categories entering this weekend. Hershko is sixth in the conference with a 4.06 kills per game average and had a match-high 19 kills in a four-game victory against No. 9/9 UC Santa Barbara last week. The junior has led the Anteaters in kills every match this season. Along with his offensive performance, Hershko is third in the MPSF averaging 2.31 digs per game. Tarantino is among the top five in the conference with a 4.11 kills per game average, including having a career-high 16 kills in a loss to No. 6/7 Hawai’i last week. In addition, Tarantino is ninth in the MPSF with a .500 attack percent and has committed seven attack errors so far this season. This will be the first meeting between Pepperdine and UC Irvine since the Anteaters defeated the Waves in the MPSF Tournament championship match last season

No. 7/8 Ohio State (4-1, 0-0 MIVA) vs. Coker (3-1)
Match vitals:
7 p.m. in Columbus, Ohio
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IPFW (2-2, 0-0 MIVA) vs. St. Francis (1-3, 0-0 MIVA)
Match vitals:
7 p.m. in Loretto, Pennsylvania
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No. 5/6 Loyola (3-2, 0-0 MIVA) vs. Erskine (1-1, 0-0 CC)
Match vitals:
7 p.m. in Chicago
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No. 13 Lewis (3-3, 0-0 MIVA) vs. Charleston (1-4, 0-1 MIVA)
Match vitals:
7 p.m. in Romeoville, Illinois
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Quincy (0-4, 0-0 MIVA) vs. Culver-Stockton (2-0)
Match vitals:
6:30 p.m. in Canton, Missouri
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Quincy (0-4, 0-0 MIVA) vs. Loras (1-1)
Match vitals:
7 p.m. in Dubuque, Iowa
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Lindenwood (1-4, 0-0 MIVA) vs. Grand View (2-0)
Match vitals:
7 p.m. in St. Charles, Missouri
Follow live: Live stats

No. 9/9 UC Santa Barbara (6-2, 2-1 MPSF) vs. Cal Baptist (3-3, 0-3 MPSF)
Match vitals:
7 p.m. in Riverside, California
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No. 8/5 Stanford (3-1, 1-1 MPSF) vs. UC San Diego (1-4, 0-3 MPSF)
Match vitals:
7 p.m. in Stanford, California
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No. 6/7 Hawai’i (5-1, 1-1 MPSF) vs. Grand Canyon (5-1, 0-0 MPSF)
Match vitals:
7 p.m. in Honolulu
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