Check out all the matches today involving NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball teams and how to follow them live.
No. 1/1 Ohio State (11-0, 2-0 MIVA) vs. No. 6/6 Lewis (8-2, 3-1 MIVA)
Match vitals: 7 p.m. in Columbus, Ohio
Follow live: Live stats, Online video, In-match tweets
What to know: One of the teams that came the closest to beating No. 1/1 Ohio State during its current historic winning streak will return to St. John Arena. The defending NCAA champions Ohio State will play host to No. 6/6 Lewis in the first meeting between the two teams since the MIVA Tournament finals last season. The Flyers in that conference championship match rallied from a two-game deficit before losing to the Buckeyes 15-12 in the decisive fifth game. Ohio State enters its conference home opener on a program-record 34-match winning streak, including winning all three matches versus Lewis last season. The Buckeyes are second in the nation with a .366 attack percentage and the only team to have two players in the nation’s top 10 for kills. All-American opposite Miles Johnson leads the MIVA and is third in the nation with a 4.49 kills per game average. He also earned his second consecutive MIVA Offensive Player of the Week award after having a match-high 19 kills on a .621 attack percentage in a road sweep against No. 12 Ball State last week. All-American outside attacker Nicolas Szerszen is in the nation’s top 10 with both a 4.11 kills per game average and a .420 attack percentage. In addition, the 2016 AVCA National Player of the Year has a conference-best 27 aces. Ohio State is third in the nation with a 2.00 aces per game average and has at least four aces in every match versus a nationally ranked team this season. This match will also feature two of the nation’s top setters in assists so far this season. Ohio State All-American setter Christy Blough has a nation-best 11.48 assists per game average, while Lewis first-year starting setter Matt Yoshimoto is in the nation’s top 10 averaging 10.38 assists per game. Yoshimoto has helped guide the Flyers offense to a .330 attack percentage — the fifth highest attack percentage in the nation. Opposite Mitch Perinar also is in the top five of the MIVA with both a 3.80 kills per game average and a .363 attack percentage. In addition, Perinar had a team-high 17 kills in the postseason loss to the Buckeyes last year. Lewis has won eight of its last nine matches, including home sweeps against Quincy and Lindenwood in MIVA play last week.
Lindenwood (0-9, 0-6 MIVA) vs. Missouri Baptist (7-2)
Match vitals: 8 p.m. in St. Charles, Missouri
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