Check out all the matches today involving NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball teams and how to follow them live.
No. 2/2 Long Beach State (12-2, 8-1 MPSF) vs. No. 5/5 UCLA (10-5, 7-4 MPSF)
Match vitals: 4 p.m. in Los Angeles
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What to know: There will not be the glitz and glamour of playing in Pauley Pavilion — just one of the nation’s most unstoppable offenses in recent weeks. No. 2/2 Long Beach State and its MPSF-best .373 attack percentage will travel play No. 5/5 UCLA on the Bruins’ secondary home court of the John Wooden Center. The 49ers have hit more than .400 in their last six conference matches to help the team move into sole possession of first place in the MPSF. In addition, Long Beach State committed fewer than 10 attack errors and had a .463 attack percentage in a sweep versus No. 12 UC Santa Barbara on Wednesday that extended its winning streak to five matches. All-American outside attacker TJ DeFalco finished with both a match-high 14 kills on a .619 attack percentage and 13 digs in the victory. The sophomore is in the nation’s top 10 with a 4.06 kills per game average. All-American setter Josh Tuaniga has guided the 49ers offense to the second-best hitting percentage in the nation and leads the nation with an 11.56 assists per game average. Along with the offensive performance, Long Beach State is second in the MPSF and fourth in the nation averaging 2.50 blocks per game. In addition, middle attack Amir Lugo-Rodriguez has a nation-best 1.34 blocks per game and had a match-high seven blocks in his last match. UCLA after winning its first six MPSF matches has lost four of its last five matches. The Bruins during this losing stretch have been without All-American outside attacker Jake Arnitz because of injury. In addition, All-American middle attacker Mitch Stahl missed two matches with an injury and then suffered a game-ending injury in the five-game loss to No. 14 CSUN on Wednesday. Despite the loss, All-American setter Micah Ma’a along with running the 6-2 offense finished with a season-high eight kills and led all players with five aces. Outside attacker JT Hatch also has double-digit kills in six of the last seven matches, including a season-high 24 kills in a victory against No. 9/10 Pepperdine last week.
No. 10/8 Loyola (8-4, 4-1 MIVA) vs. No. 11 Ball State (11-3, 3-2 MIVA)
Match vitals: 7 p.m. in Chicago
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What to know: It was a completely different era in college volleyball when No. 11 Ball State last pulled off the feat it hopes to accomplish tonight. Ball State will travel to Loyola attempting to get its first road victory against the Ramblers during the rally-scoring era that started in 2001. The oddity of this losing streak has featured everything from four matches going to a decisive fifth game to the Cardinals still searching for their first victory at Gentile Arena since the Ramblers moved into their new stadium in 2012. However, Ball State enters the match-up this season having won eight of its last 10 matches, including a four-game road loss to No. 7/7 Lewis on Friday. Outside attacker Matt Szews also is second in the nation among freshman and fourth overall in the MIVA averaging 3.55 kills per game. Loyola is 6-2 at home this season highlighted by an upset victory against No. 3/3 BYU in the opening week of the season. This match will also feature two of the top middle attackers in the nation. Loyola All-American middle attacker Jeff Jendryk, a finalist for the 2016 Ryan Millar Award, leads the MIVA with a .478 attack percentage and is third in the conference averaging 1.09 blocks per game. In addition, Ball State middle attacker Matt Walsh is second in the conference and third in the nation with a 1.14 blocks per game average.
Coker (8-2) vs. Emmanuel (2-9, 1-6 ConfCarolinas)
Match vitals: 3 p.m. in Franklin Springs, Georgia
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No. 15 George Mason (5-6, 2-2 EIVA) vs. Princeton (4-6, 2-1 EIVA)
Match vitals: 7 p.m. in Princeton, New Jersey
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