Check out all the matches today involving NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball teams and how to follow them live.
No. 15 Ball State (0-0, 0-0 MIVA) vs. Princeton (0-0, 0-0 EIVA)
Match vitals: 4 p.m. in Honolulu
Follow live: Live stats
What to know: Two teams that have some of the top middle attackers in the nation will face each other to open one of the oldest annual non-conference events in college men’s volleyball. No. 15 Ball State will begin the three-day Outrigger Invitational with a season-opening match versus Princeton. The Cardinals last season had both its starting middle attackers finish in the nation’s top 15 for blocks per game average. Preseason All-MIVA middle attacker Matt Walsh averaged 1.13 blocks per game average and added a .368 attack percentage. As a freshman, Walsh was named a finalist for the 2015 Off the Block/Springbak, Inc. National Blocker of the Year. Middle attacker Alex Pia led Ball State and was ninth in the nation with a 1.18 blocks per game average in 2016, while hitting .355. This also will be the first match for Princeton All-EIVA middle attacker Junior Oboh after missing the entire 2016 season. Oboh ended the 2015 season in the top five of the EIVA with both a .386 attack percentage and a 1.01 blocks per game average. Princeton is making its first appearance at Outrigger Invitation and its first trip back to the Stan Sheriff Center since playing Pepperdine in the 1998 NCAA Tournament semifinals. The Tigers after missing the four-team EIVA Tournament last season were predicted this year to finish the EIVA in fourth place in the conference’s preseason poll. Similar to Princeton, Ball State was picked to finish in fourth place in the MIVA preseason poll. The Cardinals ended last season tied for second place in the MIVA but could not overcome several late-season injuries to advance beyond the conference tournament quarterfinals. Along with its two middle attackers, the Cardinals return five starters including outside attacker Brendan Surane. The Preseason All-MIVA selection led Ball State and was in the conference’s top 15 with a 3.09 kills per game average last season.
No. 4 Long Beach State (0-0, 0-0 MPSF) vs. Manitoba (11-1)
Match vitals: 1 p.m. in Long Beach, California
Follow live: In-match tweets