Check out all the matches today involving NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball teams and how to follow them live.
No. 1/1 UCLA (21-3, 15-3 MPSF) vs. No. 3/3 BYU (19-3, 15-3 MPSF)
Match vitals: 8 p.m. in Los Angeles
Follow live: Live stats, Radio feed, In-match tweets, TV (Pac-12 Network)
What to know: The weekend series between No. 1/1 UCLA and No. 3/3 BYU will have ramifications even beyond the race for a MPSF regular season championship. The Bruins open this two-match home series against the Cougars one week before the end of regular season with both teams tied for second place in the MPSF and a half-match out of first-place. These matches, though, will have a direct affect on the upcoming Selection Saturday and the NCAA Tournament field. UCLA is the projected No. 1 seed, while BYU is the projected No. 3 seed in the latest Off the Block NCAA Tournament bracketology. Among the criteria the selection committee uses to determine the NCAA Tournament field includes head-to-head record and record against teams under NCAA Tournament consideration. If BYU or UCLA can sweep this two-match series, that team will likely that team the front-runner for the No. 1 overall seed to the NCAA Tournament. The Bruins are on a conference-best eight-match winning streak, including a road sweep against No. 5/5 Long Beach State last week. Outside attacker Jake Arnitz in that victory had a match-high 16 kills. The sophomore is also in the conference’s top 10 with a 3.29 kills per game average. In addition, UCLA with setters Hagen Smith and Micah Ma’a running a 6-2 offense is sixth in the nation with a .312 attack percentage. BYU has a nation-best .356 attack percentage and has hit more than .300 in three of its last four matches. All-American opposite Ben Patch also has at least 15 kills in BYU’s last four matches against top 10 nationally ranked teams. Patch entered the week leading the MPSF and third in the nation with a 4.55 kills per game average.
No. 15 St. Francis (14-7, 5-3 EIVA) vs. NJIT (7-13, 6-3 EIVA)
Match vitals: 7 p.m. in Newark, New Jersey
Follow live: Live stats, In-match tweets
What to know: St. Francis and NJIT will attempt to move closer to ending their postseason droughts as they play each other with second place in the EIVA on the line. NJIT with five conference matches remaining is in second place in the EIVA and has a half-match lead on St. Francis and Harvard. The top four teams in the EIVA at the end of the regular season will qualify for the conference tournament. NJIT has not advanced to the postseason since 2000, while St. Francis has not earned a postseason berth since 2012 when the EIVA change to a four-team conference tournament format. NJIT is on a five-match winning streak and swept a home-and-home series against Princeton last week. Outside attacker Jabbary Goodridge had a season-high 30 kills on a .532 attack percentage in the five-game series-opening victory. In addition, Goodridge became the first Highlander since 1995 to win this national award. Goodridge enters this match leading the EIVA averaging 4.68 kills per game. St. Francis returns to conference play after upsetting No. 12 Loyola in five games last week. The Red Flashes have won their last five EIVA matches, including a four-game victory against the Highlanders in February. Outside attacker Stephen Braswell led St. Francis with 15 kills in its previous meeting against NJIT. In addition, Braswell is eighth in the conference with a 3.27 kills per game average.
Harvard (9-8, 5-3 EIVA) vs. Charleston (4-19, 0-10 EIVA)
Match vitals: 7 p.m. in Cambridge, Massachusetts
Follow live: Live stats
North Greenville (10-10, 6-8 CC) vs. Mount Olive (8-10, 7-6 CC)
Match vitals: 7 p.m. in Mount Olive, North Carolina
Follow live: Online video