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 (22-4,12-4 MPSF) vs. No. 6/6 UCLA (17-7, 10-6 MPSF)
Match vitals: 5 p.m. in Los Angeles
Follow live: Live stats, Online video, Radio feed, In-match tweets, TV (Pac-12 Network)
What to know: The chances of No. 4/4 Hawai’i earning an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament will come down to this weekend and its ability to win on the road. Hawai’i enters a two-match road series against No. 6/6 UCLA to conclude the regular season as the final at-large bid in the NCAA Tournament field, according to the latest Off the Block bracketology. Two loses or even a single loss for Hawai’i, though, could result in it moving behind No. 5/5 UC Irvine and UCLA in the race for the final at-large bid. Along with the bracketology, the Rainbow Warriors must at least split the series to secure a top-four seed and quarterfinals home match for the upcoming MPSF Tournament. Hawai’i is in third place in the MPSF with a one-match lead against fourth-place UC Irvine and a two-match lead agaisnt fifth-place UC Irvine. The Rainbow Warriors are a nation-best 17-0 at home this season, while 5-4 on the road and have not won a road postseason match since 2002. This MPSF series will feature two offenses in the nation’s top five for attack percentage. UCLA is third in the nation with a .336 attack percentage and has hit above its season average five times during its current seven-match winning streak. All-American outside attacker Jake Arnitz also is coming off of a season-high 21 kills in a five-game against Cal Baptist on Saturday. In addition, the Bruins lead the MPSF and are fourth in the nation with a 1.77 aces per game average, including having at least six aces in eight straight matches. All-American middle attacker Mitch Stahl and outside attacker Dylan Missry are both in the nation’s top 15 averaging more than 0.40 aces per game. Hawai’i setter Jennings Franciskovic has guided the offense to the nation’s fourth-best attack percentage at .332. The Rainbow Warriors have finished with at least a .300 attack percentage in every match since the start of February except for three, which were all road matches. Opposite Stijn van Tilburg also is second in the nation with a 4.47 kills per game average. The sophomore has finished with at least 15 kills in six matches versus top-10 nationally ranked teams this season, including a match-high 17 kills in a three-game loss to No. 3/3 BYU last month.
No. 12 Penn State (16-9, 8-2 EIVA) vs. Sacred Heart (12-9, 5-5 EIVA)
Match vitals: 7 p.m. in Fairfield, Connecticut
Follow live: Live stats, Online video, In-match tweets
What to know: Sacred Heart will try to repeat its biggest upset in program history and move closer to clinching its first postseason berth in more than five years as it plays host to No. 12 Penn State. This will be the first meeting between the two schools since Sacred Heart upset Penn State in four games in February for the Pioneers first all-time victory against the Nittany Lions. However, Penn State has won four consecutive conference matches since that loss and remains in first place in the EIVA with a two-match lead. Sacred Heart enters its final home weekend of the season after losing two road matches versus George Mason last week to drop into sixth place in the EIVA. The Pioneers with four conference matches remaining are a half-match out of fourth place and final berth to the upcoming four-team EIVA Tournament. Sacred Heart middle attacker Taylor Bloomquist is sixth in the nation with a 1.15 blocks per game average, including having a match-high nine blocks in the previous meeting versus Penn State. In addition, libero Joshua Ayzenberg had a season-high 22 digs against the Nittany Lions and enters this match with a nation-best 3.13 digs per game average. Sacred Heart in this meeting, though, will have to go up against Preseason All-American outside attacker Chris Nugent, who did not play in the earlier match this season because of an injury. Nugent is in the top five of the EIVA with both a 3.34 kills per game average and a .322 attack percentage. In his six matches back on the court since the injury, Nugent finished with at least 15 kills three times. He also had a match-high 19 kills on a .515 attack percentage in an upset against No. 2/2 Ohio State last week and was named the AVCA National Player of the Week.
Belmont Abbey (8-16, 7-10 ConfCarolinas) vs. Erskine (3-19, 3-13 ConfCarolinas)
Match vitals: 7 p.m. in Belmont, North Carolina
Follow live: Live stats
Emmanuel (4-19, 4-13 ConfCarolinas) vs. Pfeiffer (0-17, 0-16 ConfCarolinas)
Match vitals: 7 p.m. in Misenheimer, North Carolina
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OFF THE BLOCK DIVISION III NATIONAL MATCH OF THE DAY