Check out all the matches today involving NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball teams and how to follow them live.
No. 7/8 Lewis (3-1, 0-0 MIVA) vs. No. 15 Penn State (3-2, 0-0 EIVA)
Match vitals: 7 p.m. in University Park, Pennsylvania
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What to know: Bring on another top-10 nationally ranked team for the Nittany Lions. No. 15 Penn State one day after beating No. 9/8 Loyola will conclude its two-match home stand with a non-conference match against No. 8/7 Lewis. Preseason All-American outside attacker Chris Nugent had a match-high 15 kills in the five-game victory against the Ramblers. This offensive performance continued Nugent’s streak of having double-digit kills in every match so far this season. He also enters the weekend second in the EIVA with a 3.85 kills per game average. Lewis is playing its first road match after going 3-1 in a season-opening home stand, including a four-game victory versus No. 7/9 Pepperdine on Saturday. All-conference middle attacker Jacob Schmiegelt finished with a team-high 15 kills on a .737 attack percentage against the Waves. In addition, Schmiegelt has hit more than .650 in three of the Flyers’ first four matches. This non-conference match will also feature two of the top liberos in the nation so far this season. Libero middle attacker Michael Simmons has a conference-best 3.06 digs per game average and had 17 digs in both of Lewis’ wins versus Harvard and Pepperdine last week. Penn State libero Royce Clemens is third in the EIVA averaging 2.95 digs per game and had double-digit digs in the Nittany Lions’ last four matches. The 2016 EIVA Newcomer of the Year also had a season-high 15 digs in the comeback victory against Loyola.
No. 4/5 Long Beach State (5-1, 2-1 MPSF) vs. No. 5/4 Hawai’i (5-1, 0-1 MPSF)
Match vitals: 7 p.m. in Long Beach, California
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What to know: No. 4/5 Long Beach State will once again face No. 5/4 Hawai’i to conclude their two-match conference series days following one of the biggest comeback victories so far this season. The 49ers rallied from a two-game deficit and fought-off four possoble match-points in a fourth-game overtime to beat the Rainbow Warriors in five games on Wednesday. All-American setter Josh Tuaniga had a career-high 67 assists and guided the 49ers offense to out-hit the Rainbow Warriors .338 to .274, including a match-best .647 attack percentage in the decisive fifth game. Long Beach State also had two players with more than 20 kills in its second consecutive conference victory. Opposite Kyle Ensing led all players with a season-high 24 kills on a .404 attack percentage, while All-American outside attacker TJ DeFalco added 22 kills. Hawai’i freshman opposite Rado Parapunov making his first college start had a team-high 23 kills and five blocks in the loss. This will be the second of three conference road matches for the Rainbow Warriors in a span of four days. Hawai’i began its first road trip of the season on a five-match winning streak — its best start to a season since 2003. The Rainbow Warriors, though, have finished a season with a winning road record once this decade.