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. 5/6 Ohio State (13-2, 7-1 MIVA) vs. No. 11 Loyola (11-4, 6-2 MIVA)
Match vitals:
7 p.m. in Columbus, Ohio
Follow live: Live stats, In-match tweets
What to know: Outside attacker Miles Johnson will have a chance to reduplicate a career-high as No. 5/6 Ohio State plays host to the defending-NCAA champions No. 11 Loyola. Johnson finished with a season-high 21 kills on a .621 attack percentage and had four aces in the Buckeyes’ road sweep against the Ramblers in February. In addition, the junior following that match became the 15th player in Ohio State history to be named the National Player of the Week. Johnson enters this match fifth in the conference with a 3.45 kills per game average and is one of two Buckeyes in the conference’s top five for kills. Preseason All-American outside attacker Nicholas Szerszen is second in the conference and among the national leaders averaging 4.19 kills per game. Szerszen also has at least 15 kills and a .475 attack percentage in the Buckeyes’ last three matches. Ohio State is on a five-match winning streak and a half-match behind No. 9/7 Ball State for first place in the MIVA. A victory against the Ramblers would also help keep the Buckeyes in contention for a possible NCAA Tournament at-large bid, according to initial Off the Block bracketology projections. Loyola has won four of its last five matches since being swept at home against Ohio State. Among those wins included opposite Ricky Geivs having a career-high 24 kills in a five-game victory against rival No. 13 Lewis last week. All-American setter Peter Hutz is leading the MIVA with an 11.11 assists per game average. In addition, the Ramblers have more than .350 attack percentage in their last three matches.

No. 4/4 UCLA (16-3, 12-3 MPSF) vs. No. 9/7 UC Santa Barbara (13-7, 9-6 MPSF)
Match vitals:
7 p.m. in Santa Barbara, California
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What to know: No. 9/7 UC Santa Barbara had little time to figure out a solution to slow down freshman setter Micah Ma’a and the UCLA offense. The Bruins and Gauchos will conclude their home-and-home series two days after UCLA defeated UC Santa Barbara in four games at the John Wooden Center. Ma’a in the victory helped guide the Bruins offense to a .328 attack percentage, including hitting at least .400 in the final two games. The setter also had 12 kills on a .550 attack percentage and was one of three UCLA players to finish the match with double-digit kills. This was the fourth consecutive match against a top-10 nationally ranked team that Ma’a had at least 10 kills. UCLA enters this road match having already clinched a berth to the MPSF Tournament and can potentially get a share of first place in the conference with a victory. Despite the recent road loss to UCLA, UC Santa Barbara is 8-1 at home so far this season. UC Santa Barbara All-American setter Jonah Seif also is second in the conference with a 10.25 assists per game average. The Gauchos in the loss to the Bruins, though, were held to less than a .200 attack percentage for the fifth time this season.


No. 2/2 BYU (15-2, 11-2 MPSF) vs. No. 7/9 Hawai’i (10-8, 5-8 MPSF)
Match vitals:
7 p.m. in Honolulu
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What to know: No. 2/2 BYU has a school-record streak it wants to continue, while No. 7/9 Hawai’i has a streak it is trying to avoid as the teams meet in their series finale. BYU swept Hawai’i in the series opener on Wednesday for its 11th consecutive victory and to extend its school-record game winning streak to 33 games. BYU All-American opposite Ben Patch in the victory led all players with 22 kills on a .700 attack percentage. This was the fourth time this season Patch had more than 20 kills in a match but the first time he accomplished the feat since the opening weeks of the season. The Cougars also finished the match with a .464 attack percentage — their fifth straight match hitting more than .400. Hawai’i enters the series finale in eighth place in the MPSF and on a four-match home losing streak. The Rainbow Warriors have only twice during the rally scoring era lost five or more consecutive home matches.

No. 1/1 Long Beach State (15-2, 12-2 MPSF) vs. Mount Olive (8-4, 7-3 CC)
Match vitals:
5 p.m. in University Park, Pennsylvania
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Coker (8-5) vs. Lees-McRae (0-13, 0-10 CC)
Match vitals:
5 p.m. in Hartsville, South Carolina
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Erskine (10-1, 8-1 CC) vs. Coker (8-5)
Match vitals:
7 p.m. in Hartsville, South Carolina
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George Mason (5-10, 1-4 EIVA) vs. NJIT (2-10, 2-2 EIVA)
Match vitals:
7 p.m. in Newark, New Jersey
Follow live: Live stats

Princeton (3-8, 3-3 EIVA) vs. McKendree (3-6, 3-5 MIVA)
Match vitals:
7 p.m. in Princeton, New Jersey
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IPFW (4-11, 0-7 MIVA) vs. Lourdes (13-3)
Match vitals:
7 p.m. in Fort Wayne, Indiana
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King (4-12, 1-9 CC) vs. Emmanuel (4-9, 2-9 CC)
Match vitals:
7 p.m. in Franklin Springs, Georgia
Follow live: Online video

No. 6/5 Penn State (12-2, 7-0 EIVA) vs. No. 12 CSUN (10-7, 5-7 MPSF)
Match vitals:
7:30 p.m. in University Park, Pennsylvania
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No. 8/7 Ball State (13-3, 7-0 MIVA) vs. Grand Canyon (9-7, 2-4 MIVA)
Match vitals:
6 p.m. in Phoenix, Arizona
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No. 14 UC Irvine (4-12, 3-11 MPSF) vs. UC San Diego (4-14, 0-13 MPSF)
Match vitals:
7 p.m. in Irvine, California
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