Check out all the matches today involving NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball teams and how to follow them live.
No. 5/5 Lewis (11-3, 6-2 MIVA) vs. No. 9/7 Loyola (9-4, 5-1 MIVA)
Match vitals: 7 p.m. in Chicago
Follow live: Live stats, Online video, In-match tweets
What to know: It’s not to the level of the MIVAgeddon in the 2014 NCAA Tournament finals, but this rivalry match is critical for No. 5/5 Lewis and No. 7/9 Loyola. Both the Flyers and Ramblers are one-match back of first place in the MIVA and need another signature wing to bolster their hopes of a possible NCAA Tournament at-large bid. The latest Off the Block bracketology projection places both teams among the eight schools currently in the best position to earn one of the two NCAA Tournament at-large bids. Lewis enters this conference match fifth in the nation with a .320 attack percentage, including hitting more than .300 in five of its last seven MIVA matches. Preseason All-American opposite Mitch Perinar also is in the conference’s top 10 with both a 3.55 attack percentage and a .327 attack percentage. However, Perinar was a held to a conference-low three kills and hit negative-.154 in a four-game victory against Fort Wayne on Saturday. Along with the offense, Lewis leads the MIVA and is second in the nation averaging 2.57 blocks per game — a 0.08 average better than Loyola . Middle attacker Jacob Schmiegelt is among the conference leaders with a 1.08 blocks per game average. He also had a combined 10 blocks in victories against Fort Wayne and No. 12 Ball State last week. Loyola hit more than a .400 in both its conference wins last week to improve its season attack percentage to .305. All-American middle attacker Jeff Jendryk had eight kills and zero attack errors on a .533 attack percentage, along with a season-high 10 blocks in a sweep versus Ball State on Saturday. Jendryk is in the nation’s top five with both a .482 attack percentage and a 1.23 blocks per game average. The Ramblers are the only team with two players in the nation’s top 10 for attack percentage. Middle attacker Paul Narup is sixth in the nation hitting .438. Narup also had a season-high 12 kills on a .476 attack percentage in four-game non-conference victory against No. 3/3 BYU in January.
No. 6/6 UCLA (10-6, 7-5 MPSF) vs. No. 7/8 UC Irvine (9-5, 6-4 MPSF)
Match vitals: 7 p.m. in Irvine, California
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What to know: No team in the nation may need a win more than No. 6/6 UCLA. UCLA after starting the season 10-1 has lost five of its last six matches and opens a weekend road trip against No. 7/8 UC Irvine. The Bruins for the majority of this six-match stretch have been without All-American outside attacker Jake Arnitz because of an injury. Arnitz has a team-high 3.35 kills on a .355 attack percentage and returned to the court in UCLA’s three-game home loss to No. 2/2 Long Beach State on Saturday. Along with Arnitz, UCLA freshman middle attacker Daenan Gyimah is third in the nation with a .479 attack percentage. Gyimah also had a match-high 14 kills and zero attack errors while hitting .737 in a sweep against the Anteaters in January. UC Irvine is coming off of a bye week to resume its season-long five-match home stand. The Anteaters lost two of their first three matches to open the home stand before the bye week. However, UC Irvine defensively has two of the top players in the nation so far this season. Freshman middle attacker Scott Stadick is eighth in the nation with a 1.11 blocks per game average, while libero Dillon Hoffman is ninth in the nation averaging 2.54 digs per game. This match will also feature two of the best servers in the counrty. UC Irvine setter and opposite Michael Saeta is third in the nation with a 0.70 aces per game average. He also entered the week tied for a conference-best 38 aces. UCLA middle attacker Mitch Stahl is ninth in the nation averaging 0.52 aces per game and has at least one ace in 10 consecutive matches.
No. 4/4 Hawai’i (14-2, 5-2 MPSF) vs. No. 10/10 Pepperdine (6-5, 4-4 MPSF)
Match vitals: 7 p.m. in Honolulu
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What to know: Two of the top defensive teams in the nation will face each other No. 4/4 Hawai’i plays host to No. 10/10 Pepperdine in a two-match series. The Rainbow Warriors lead the nation with a 2.68 blocks per game average. Middle attackers Patrick Gasman and Hendrik Mol both lead Hawai’i averaging more than 1.00 blocks per game. Along with its front-row defense, Hawai’i libero Larry Tuileta has a team-high 2.27 digs per game average and double-digit digs in five matches so far this season. Pepperdine has a conference-best .197 opponent attack percentage and is third in the nation with a 2.49 blocks per game average. In addition, middle attacker Mitch Penning has at least seven blocks in three of his last four matches. Penning is fifth in the nation with a 1.16 blocks per game average. This series will be the first of six consecutive home matches for Hawai’i, which is in third place in the MPSF. Hawai’i is undefeated at home this year and on a 13-match home winning streak dating back to last season. The Rainbow Warriors also are off to their best start since 1996 and can extend their current winning streak to 10 matches with a victory against the Waves.
Pfeiffer (0-6, 0-6 ConfCarolinas) vs. Emmanuel (3-10, 2-6 ConfCarolinas)
Match vitals: 7 p.m. in Franklin Springs, Georgia
Follow live: Online video
OFF THE BLOCK DIVISION III NATIONAL MATCH OF THE DAY