Check out all the matches today involving NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball teams and how to follow them live.
No. 2/2 UCLA (9-1, 0-0 MPSF) vs. No. 4/4 UC Irvine (10-1, 0-0 Big West)
Match vitals: 7 p.m. in Irvine, California
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What to know: No. 4/4 UC Irvine will get an opportunity at redemption for its only blemish so far this season. UC Irvine will play host to No. 2/2 UCLA to conclude the home-and-home non-conference series almost three weeks since the Anteaters blew a two-game lead against the Bruins in their only loss of the season. Both the Anteaters and Bruins enter this match following recent victories against top-five nationally ranked teams. UC Irvine swept a home two-match series against then-No. 5/3 BYU last week and swept Stanford on Friday to extend its winning streak to eight matches. UCLA overcame a one-game deficit beat No. 3/3 Hawai’i on Sunday and split their two-match road series. The team also tied a program record with 15 aces in a sweep against Princeton on Wednesday. The Bruins in the five-game victory against the Anteaters earlier this season finished with 13 aces, including a season-high five aces from outside attacker Dylan Missry. Missry is one of two UCLA players in the nation’s top 10 averaging more than 0.50 aces per game. All-American setter Micah Ma’a entered the weekend fifth in the nation with a 0.60 aces per game average and has a combined 12 aces in the last three matches. With UCLA switching to a traditional 5-1 offense after two years of running a 6-2 system, Ma’a has guided the offense to the nation’s fifth-best attack percentage .331. UC Irvine began the weekend fourth in the country with a .338 attack percentage and hit .403 in its victory against Stanford. In addition, opposite Karl Apfelbach is second in the nation with a 3.95 kills per game average. The new UC Irvine starter has double-digit kills in all but two matches so far this season. Apfelbach also had a career performance against BYU last week as he finished with 25 kills on a .413 attack percentage and six aces in the four-game victory to open the series.
No. 9/9 Penn State (4-2, 0-0 EIVA) vs. No. 15 Fort Wayne (8-0, 0-0 MIVA)
Match vitals: 4 p.m. in University Park, Pennsylvania
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What to know: One of the two remaining undefeated teams in the nation will get its shot at a statement victory against the defending EIVA champions. No. 15 Fort Wayne will attempt to set a school record for the best start to a season as it travels to play No. 9/9 Penn State. Fort Wayne defeated St. Francis in four games on Friday to extend its winning streak eight matches and tie the program record for best start to a season that was set in 2007. However, this will be the Mastodons first match against a nationally ranked team this season. Fort Wayne achieved its record-tying start to the year after finishing 2017 in last place in the MIVA and being the only MIVA team to not qualify for the conference tournament. Outside attacker Pelegrin Vargas is in the nation’s top five with a 3.85 kills per game average, including having 15 kills in the victory against st. Francis. The sophomore, who spent the offseason playing with the Puerto Rican Men’s National Team, also is among the MIVA leaders with a .315 attack percentage. Along with Vargas, freshman middle attacker Tomas Gago is third in the MIVA averaging 1.35 blocks per game and has at least four blocks in his last four matches. Gago, a member of the Chilean National Team, has at least a .400 attack percentage and five kills in four of the team’s five non-conference matches versus the EIVA this season. Penn State enters this afternoon match following a five-game victory against Ball State on Friday. Opposite Jalen Penrose in win the led all players with both 16 kills and six aces. This was the second time in the last three matches that Penrose finished with more than 15 kills. In addition, Penrose entered the weekend with an EIVA-best .369 attack percentage and second in the conference averaging 0.56 aces per game. Penn State has been without Preseason All-American opposite Calvin Mende for the last two matches. Despite his absence from the starting lineup, Mende remains among the EIVA leaders with both a 3.07 kills per game average and a .344 attack percentage. Fort Wayne is on an 11-road match losing streak to Penn State dating back to 2000. In addition, the Nittany Lions at home have not lost a game to the Mastodons since 2007.
Quincy (7-3, 0-1 MIVA) vs. Judson (1-8)
Match vitals: 1 p.m. in Quincy, Illinois
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Barton (3-5, 3-0 ConfCarolinas) vs. Limestone (2-7, 0-2 ConfCarolinas)
Match vitals: 2 p.m. in Gaffney, South Carolina
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Division III National Match of the Day
Lees-McRae (1-7, 0-3 ConfCarolinas) vs. Academy United
Match vitals: 4 p.m. in Honolulu
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