Check out all the matches today involving NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball teams and how to follow them live.
No. 1/1 Long Beach State (16-2, 12-2 MPSF) vs. No. 6/5 Penn State (12-3, 7-0 EIVA)
Match vitals: 7:30 p.m. in University Park, Pennsylvania
Follow live: Live stats, Online video, In-match tweets
What to know: The chances of No. 1/1 Long Beach State making the NCAA Tournament could hinge on this non-conference match — even with Selection Saturday being more than a month away. Long Beach State and No. 6/5 Penn State will concluded the Nittany Lions’ non-conference tournament in a match with significant bracketology implications. The 49ers are one of four teams within one-match of first place in the MPSF. In addition, Long Beach State along with Penn State are two of the eight teams still in contention for a possible NCAA Tournament at-large bid, according to the latest Off the Block bracketology projections. Among the criteria categories the selection committee uses to determine the NCAA Tournament field includes non-conference record and record against other teams under NCAA Tournament consideration. Stanford, BYU and UCLA are all undefeated in non-conference matches, while Long Beach State is also perfect with three remaining non-conference matches. The winner between the 49ers and Nittany Lions are projected to get a boost in the RPI rankings. Long Beach State is on a 10-match winning streak, including sweeping Mount Olive to open the non-conference tournament on Friday. Freshman outside attacker TJ DeFalco entered the weekend leading the 49ers and second in the conference with a 4.28 kills per game average. DeFalco and freshman outside attacker Kyle Ensing are also both in the conference’s top five averaging at least 2.00 digs per game. Penn State enters this non-conference match after losing against No. 12 CSUN in four games on Friday to end its 11-match winning streak. Outside attacker Chris Nugent in the loss that featured a 28-point second-game overtime finished with a team-high 18 kills. Nugent is second in the EIVA with both a 4.22 kills per game average and a .334 attack percentage.
No. 5/6 Ohio State (14-2, 8-1 MIVA) vs. No. 13 Lewis (11-7, 6-4 MIVA)
Match vitals: 7 p.m. in Columbus, Ohio
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What to follow: Two of the top offenses in the nation will go up against each other as No. 5/6 Ohio State plays host to No. 14 Lewis. The Buckeyes entered the weekend leading the nation with a .369 attack percentage and have now hit above their season average in four of their last six matches. Ohio State have won all six of those matches to remain in second place in the MIVA and a half-match behind first-place No. 8/7 Ball State. Outside attacker Nicholas Szerszen leads Ohio State and is second in the conference with a 4.23 kills per game average while also being among the conference leaders hitting .407. In addition, Szerszen had a match-high 15 kills in a sweep against No. 11 Loyola on Friday. This was the fourth consecutive match and ninth time this season Szerszen had at least 15 kills. Lewis is second in the conference and fifth in the nation with a .329 attack percentage, including hitting .408 in a four-game victory against McKendree last week. All-American middle attacker Bobby Walsh leads the nation with a .513 attack percentage. Walsh also had seven kills and zero attack attack errors on a .636 attack percentage in a three-game loss to Ohio State in February. Along with the offensive performance, the senior and 2015 Off the Block/Springbak, Inc. National Blocker of the Year had a season-high eight blocks against the Buckeyes.
Emmanuel (5-9, 3-9 CC) vs. Lees-McRae (0-15, 0-10 CC)
Match vitals: 2 p.m. in Franklin Springs, Georgia
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Harvard (7-6, 4-2 EIVA) vs. Sacred Heart (3-10, 3-3 EIVA)
Match vitals: 4 p.m. in Cambridge, Massachusetts
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McKendree (3-5, 4-6 MIVA) vs. NJIT (2-12, 2-3 EIVA)
Match vitals: 7 p.m. in Newark, New Jersey
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