Check out all the matches today involving NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball teams and how to follow them live.
No. 3/3 BYU (18-2, 12-1 MPSF) vs. No. 4/4 Hawai’i (20-3, 10-3 MPSF)
Match vitals: 7 p.m. in Provo, Utah
Follow live: Live stats, Online video, Radio feed, In-match tweets, TV (BYUtv)
What to know: Coach Charlie Wade will have a short turnaround to find a way for No. 4/4 Hawai’i to slow down the No. 3/3 BYU offense and All-American outside attacker Jake Langlois. Hawai’i and BYU will conclude their two-match series after the Cougars finished with a .440 attack percentage in a series-opening sweep on Friday. Langlois in the victory had 13 kills on a .450 attack percentage and a team-high two aces. This was the 14th consecutive match that Langlois finished with double-digit kills and has now hit at least .400 in three of the last four matches. Langlois also contributed three blocks to help BYU out-block Hawai’i 12 to 4. Hawai’i entered this series with a nation-best 2.74 blocks per game average and was fifth in the nation holding opponents to a .194 attack percentage. Despite the loss to end its 15-match winning streak, Hawai’i opposite Stijn van Tilburg had a match-high 16 kills on a .344 attack percentage. van Tilburg began the weekend as the only player to be in the nation’s top 10 for both kills per game average and attack percentage. However, the sophomore was the only Rainbow Warrior to have more than five kills and hit above .150 against the Cougars. Both BYU and Hawai’i are projected to make the NCAA Tournament, according to the latest Off the Block bracketology. A loss, though, could significantly close the gap between Hawai’i and UC Irvine for the final projected at-large bid. In addition, if BYU wins it will move within a half-match of first-place No. 2/2 Long Beach State in the MPSF standings. It also will move a step closer to possibly getting a top-two seed and bye to the NCAA Tournament semifinals.
No. 2/1 Ohio State (20-1, 9-0 MIVA) vs. No. 7/7 Lewis (17-5, 10-2 MIVA)
Match vitals: 7 p.m. in Romeoville, Illinois
Follow live: Live stats, Online video, In-match tweets
What to know: All No. 1/1 Ohio State needs is a win tonight against No. 6/6 Lewis to virtually secure a MIVA regular season championship and home-court advantage throughout the entire postseason. Ohio State enters this road match with a half-match lead against second-place Lewis. With seven MIVA matches left, though, the Buckeyes are undefeated in conference play and the only team to have fewer than two MIVA losses. This also will be one of Ohio State’s two remaining MIVA regular season matches versus teams with a winning record. All-American opposite Miles Johnson leads the MIVA and is in the nation’s top 10 with a 4.07 kills per game average. In addition, Johnson had a match-high 19 kills on a .593 attack percentage in a four-game victory against Lewis in February. Johnson was one of three Buckeyes to have double-digit kills and more than a .500 attack percentage in that previous meeting. All-American outside attacker Nicolas Szerszen contributed 15 kills while hitting .565 and had a match-high three aces. Szerszen, the 2016 AVCA National Player of the Year, began the week tied for the nation’s lead with a 0.67 aces per game average. Lewis since losing back-to-back road matches against No. 6/6 UCLA and No. 12/9 USC last week has won its last two matches. Preseason All-American opposite Mitch Perinar also has double-digit kills in his last three matches, including a team-high 17 kills in a victory versus No. 15 UC Santa Barbara last week. Perinar is fifth in the MIVA with a 3.43 kills per game average and has a .305 attack percentage. However, Ohio State held Perinar to eight kills and a zero attack percentage earlier this season.
Barton (13-4, 11-2 ConfCarolinas) vs. Emmanuel (5-14, 3-9 ConfCarolinas)
Match vitals: 2 p.m. in Franklin Springs, Georgia
Follow live: Online video
Lees-McRae (5-13, 3-7 ConfCarolinas) vs. Pfeiffer (0-11, 0-10 ConfCarolinas)
Match vitals: 2 p.m. in Misenheimer, North Carolina
Follow live: Live stats
OFF THE BLOCK DIVISION III NATIONAL MATCH OF THE DAY