Check out all the matches today involving NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball teams and how to follow them live.
No. 5/4 Hawai’i (5-2, 0-2 MPSF) vs. No. 6/6 UC Irvine
Match vitals: 7 p.m. in Irvine, California
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What to know: No. 5/4 Hawai’i may have started its road trip undefeated, but it enters the finale of the three-match Southern California trip trying to salvage one win. Hawai’i travels to No. 6/6 UC Irvine after losing two consecutive matches to No. 4/5 Long Beach State. The Rainbow Warriors in the opening match blew a two-game lead and could not convert on multiple match-point opportunities before losing in five games. In addition, Hawai’i was out-hit .534 to .191 in a series finale sweep on Friday. Opposite Stijn van Tilburg despite not playing in the series-opener had a team-high 10 kills in his return to the court against Long Beach State. The 2016 Off the Block/Springbak, Inc. Freshman All-American started the week third in the MPSF with a 4.43 kills per game average. UC Irvine remains one-match out of first place in the MPSF after it survived an upset scare to beat UC San Diego in a fifth-game overtime on Friday. The Anteaters overcame a 10-5 deficit in the fifth game and fought off a possible match-point in the conference victory. All-American opposite Tamhir Hershko in the last two full MPSF matches he played in has a combined 29 kills, including a season-high 15 kills against UC San Diego. This conference match will also feature two of the top freshmen middle attackers in the nation. UC Irvine middle attacker Scott Stadick started with week leading the MPSF with a 1.33 blocks per game average. Hawai’i middle attacker Patrick Gasman was second in the MPSF averaging 1.29 blocks per game and in the conference’s top 10 with a .500 attack percentage.
No. 9/8 Loyola (3-3, 0-0 EIVA) vs. No. 11 George Mason (4-1, 1-0 EIVA)
Match vitals: 7 p.m. in Fairfax, Virginia
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What to know: With the school located less than 20 miles from the White House, coach Jay Hosack will work this inauguration weekend to keep No. 11 George Mason great. The defending EIVA champions will play host to No. 8/9 Loyola in its biggest non-conference home match of the season and will unveil its EIVA title banner in a prematch ceremony. George Mason has swept four of its first five matches and its only loss came against No. 1/1 Ohio State. Opposite Jack Wilson is in the conference’s top five with both a 3.60 kills per game average and a .358 attack percentage, including having a season-high 14 kills in a sweep against King on Friday. In addition, outside attacker Radoslav Popov is hitting an EIVA-best .375 and has committed three or fewer attack errors in every match he has played in so far this season. Loyola is concluding a two-match East Coast road trip following a five-game loss to No. 15 Penn State on Thursday. This was the second time in less than a week that the Ramblers lost in five games to a nationally ranked team. All-American middle attacker Jeff Jendryk in the most recent loss finished with 10 kills on a .529 attack percentage and had a team-high five blocks against the Penn State. Jendryk now has double-digit kills and more than .500 attack percentage in both of the Ramblers’ last two matches versus nationally ranked teams. Along with Jendryk, freshman setter Ian Cowen has guided the offense to a .309 attack percentage and has a 10.17 assists per game average — fourth-best in the MIVA. This will be the first meeting between the Patriots and Ramblers since 2014, which Loyola won in three games. Loyola leads the all-time series 14-4 but two of the Patriots’ wins have happened on their home court.
Lincoln Memorial (1-3) vs. Cincinnati Christian (3-0)
Match vitals: 3:30 p.m. in Springfield, Ohio
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Lincoln Memorial (1-3) vs. Mount St. Joseph (0-0)
Match vitals: 7 p.m. in Springfield, Ohio
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