Check out all the matches today involving NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball teams and how to follow them live.
No. 4/4 Hawai’i (16-2, 7-2 MPSF) vs. No. 14 USC (6-10, 5-8 MPSF)
Match vitals: 7 p.m. in Honolulu
Follow live: Live stats, Online video, Radio feed, In-match tweets
What to know: Two of the top pin-hitters in the nation this season will go up against each other as No. 4/4 Hawai’i opens a two-match home series against No. 14 USC. USC All-MPSF outside attacker Lucas Yoder has a nation-best 4.91 kills per game average, while opposite Stijn van Tilburg is third in the nation with a 4.36 kills per game average. In addition, van Tilburg has double-digit kills and at least a .400 attack percentage in six matches during the Rainbow Warriors’ current 11-match winning streak. The sophomore also had a combined 32 kills and hit .583 in two sweeps against No. 10 Pepperdine last weekend to help Hawai’i remain in third place in the MPSF. Hawai’i with setter Jennings Franciskovic running the offense has hit at least .325 in each of its last five matches and is now fourth in the nation with a .331 attack percentage. Yoder has led USC with at least 20 kills in four of the last six matches he competed, including a team-high 24 kills on a .395 attack percentage in an upset victory versus No. 13 CSUN last week. USC coach Jeff Nygaard also opted to rest Yoder for the team’s three-game road loss to No. 2/2 Long Beach State on Friday. That loss ended the Trojans’ season-high three-match winning streak. Along with Yoder, USC all-conference middle attacker Andy Benesh is among the nation’s leaders with both a 1.09 blocks per game average and a .393 attack percentage. This match will also be the first time USC has faced its former teammate Larry Tulieta. Tulieta earned MPSF All-Freshman honors in 2015 with the Trojans before transferring from the school. After sitting out the 2016 season, Tulieta joined Hawai’i and switched positions from outside attacker to libero. Tulieta in his first season with the Rainbow Warriors has a team-high 2.40 digs per game average and double-digit digs in six matches. Hawai’i also enters this series with a conference-best .198 opponent attack percentage and a nation-best 2.68 digs per game average.