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: 7 p.m. in Los Angeles
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What to know: If No. 1/1 UCLA has any hope of winning the MPSF regular season title, it will have to figure out a way to overcome the blocking from No. 3/3 BYU. Both teams will conclude their two-match weekend series after the Cougars had 16 blocks to beat the Bruins in four games on Friday. With that victory, BYU moved into a tie for first place in the MPSF. UCLA dropped into third place and a match out of first place with three remaining conference matches. Middle attacker Michael Hatch finished with a match-high 12 blocks against the Bruins in the series opener. Both Hatch and middle attacker Price Jarman entered the series in the top four of the nation averaging more than 1.35 blocks per game. In addition, BYU has a nation-best 3.33 blocks per game average and is the only team averaging at least 3.00 blocks per game. Along with the defensive performance, three Cougars finished the opener with double-digit kills against the Bruins. All-American opposite Ben Patch led all players with 15 kills. BYU also out-hit UCLA .337 to .161, including holding the Bruins to a negative-.200 attack percentage in the fourth game. Despite the loss, outside attacker Jake Arnitz had a team-high 11 kills. This was the sixth consecutive conference match that Arnitz finished with double-digit kills. In addition, the sophomore leads the Bruins and is among the MPSF leaders with a 3.26 kills per game average.
No. 4/4 Stanford (18-3, 16-3 MPSF) vs. No. 5/5 Long Beach State (21-5, 15-4 MPSF)
Match vitals: 7 p.m. in Stanford, California
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What to know: All-American senior setter James Shaw will have one more opportunity in a home regular season match to set potential All-American middle attacker Conrad Kaminski and outside attacker Madison Hayden. No. 4/4 Stanford on senior night will attempt to remain in first place in the MPSF as it plays host to No. 5/5 Long Beach State. Shaw after missing most of last season with an injury has led the Cardinal offense to the nation’s third best attack percentage at .341. In addition, Shaw is one of four setters in the MPSF averaging more than 10 assists per game. Stanford is tied with BYU for first place in the MPSF and is 3-1 entering the finale of its five-match home stand, including a four-game win against No. 11 CSUN on Wednesday. Hayden in that victory had a match-high 20 kills and 11 digs — the second match this season he finished with double-digit kills and digs. Kaminski also had 12 kills and zero attack errors, while adding a season-high 10 blocks against the Matadors. The middle attacker entered this week second in the nation with a 1.55 blocks per game average and leading the nation with a .488 attack percentage. Long Beach State travels to Northern California after fighting off multiple match-points to beat No. 6/6 Pepperdine in an 18-point fifth game overtime on Thursday. In addition, freshman outside attacker Kyle Ensing led all players with a season-high 27 kills, while freshman outside attacker TJ DeFalco added 26 kills in the victory. DeFalco began the week leading all freshmen in the nation and second in the conference with a 4.19 kills per game average. This will be the second meeting between the two teams this season. Long Beach State defeated Stanford in four games in February. Both Ensing and DeFalco finished that conference match with 14 kills, but the Cardinal were able to hold DeFalco to less than a .150 attack percentage.
Pfeiffer (13-6, 13-2 CC) vs. Erskine (16-5, 13-2 CC)
Match vitals: 2 p.m. in Due West, South Carolina
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What to know: Sole possession of first place in the Conference Carolinas and a possible clear path to the conference regular season title will be at stake as Erskine plays host to Pfeiffer. Both teams enter this match a week before the end of the regular season tied for first place in the Conference Carolinas. Erskine’s only two conference losses have come against third-place Barton and defeated Pfeiffer in four games in February. Outside attacker Mike Michelau is second in the conference and among the national leaders with a 4.33 kills per game average, including having a match-high 21 kills while hitting .621 in the victory against Pfeiffer. That was first of six times this season that Michelau finished a match with more than 20 kills. Along with Michelau, Roberto Perez Vargas returned from missing the entire first month of the season and is third in the conference averaging 4.12 kills per game. Pfeiffer enters this road match with two of the top middle attackers in the conference. Middle attacker Evan Blair leads the Conference Carolinas with both a .462 attack percentage and 1.28 blocks per game average, while Fabio Diniz is second hitting .412. Blair also had 13 kills and zero attack errors to help Erskine defeat Limestone on Tuesday for its six straight conference victory. The middle attacker had double digit kills and zero attack errors three times this season, including 10 kills on a .714 attack percentage in the loss to Erskine.
Mount Olive (9-10, 8-6 CC) vs. Emmanuel (7-12, 6-11 CC)
Match vitals: 2 p.m. in Mount Olive, North Carolina
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Harvard (10-8, 6-3 EIVA) vs. Charleston (4-20, 0-11 EIVA)
Match vitals: 4 p.m. in Cambridge, Massachusetts
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Holy Names (1-17) vs. Cal Lutheran (5-24)
Match vitals: 6 p.m. in Oakland, California
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