Check out all the matches today involving NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball teams and how to follow them live.
No. 1/1 Long Beach State (12-0, 0-0 Big West) vs. No. 2/2 UCLA (13-1, 3-0 MPSF)
Match vitals: 7:30 p.m. in Long Beach, California
Follow live: Live stats, Online video, Radio feed, In-match tweets
Preview coverage: Position-by-position breakdown, History of No. 1 vs. No. 2 matches
What to know: The most anticipated match of the season shouldn’t have any shortage of offense. The best offensive teams in the nation will meet with the No. 1 national ranking on the line as No. 1/1 Long Beach State plays host to No. 2/2 UCLA. The 49ers enters the non-conference match with a nation-best .429 attack percentage, while the Bruins are second hitting .367. Long Beach State is the only remaining undefeated team in the nation and has hit more than .400 in five consecutive matches. In addition, All-American setter Josh Tuaniga guided the offense to a season-best .577 attack percentage in a road sweep against George Mason last week. UCLA All-American setter Micah Ma’a leads the nation with an11.06 assists per game average and has led the Bruins to hit more than .400 in six straight matches. Along with his offensive performance, Ma’a was the 2016 recipient of the Off the Block/Springbak, Inc. National Server of the Year and has a nation-best 26 aces, including two aces in a road sweep against No. 10/10 Grand Canyon last week. This match also will feature an All-American going up against his former coach. Long Beach State outside attacker TJ DeFalco after winning the 2017 AVCA National Player of the Year spent the offseason playing for UCLA coach John Speraw on the U.S. Men’s National Team during the FIVB World League. DeFalco returned from that international experience and is among the nation’s leaders with both a 3.08 kills per game average and a .395 attack percentage. Long Beach State opposite Kyle Ensing also has the nation’s best attack percentage for a pin hitter at .424 and is in the nation’s top 25 averaging 3.32 kills per game. Opposite Christian Hessenauer leads UCLA and is among the nation’s top 20 with a 3.45 kills per game average. In addition, UCLA middle attacker Daenan Gyimah has a nation-best .514 attack percentage and three or fewer attack errors in every match this season. This will be the first time the two teams have played each other since Long Beach State as a Big West school departed the MPSF to join the newly formed Big West men’s volleyball conference. While it is a non-conference match, the result could significantly influence the bracketology at the end of the season. Among the criteria categories the selection committee uses to determine the NCAA Tournament field includes head-to-head coach and record against teams under NCAA Tournament consideration.
Alderson Broaddus (2-8) vs. Emmanuel (3-8, 2-4 ConfCarolinas)
Match vitals: 11 a.m. in Franklin Springs, Georgia
Follow live: Online video