Check out all the matches today involving NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball teams and how to follow them live.
No. 3/3 Hawai’i (8-1, 0-0 Big West) vs. No. 5/5 UC Irvine (10-3, 0-0 Big West)
Match vitals: 7 p.m. in Honolulu
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What to know: The inaugural night of Big West matches will be highlighted with a showdown between two top-five nationally ranked teams. No. 3/3 Hawai’i and No. 5/5 UC Irvine will open a two-match series as they begin play in the newest college men’s volleyball conference. The Rainbow Warriors enter their conference opener having not played a match against a NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball team since Feb. 1. Despite the recent layoff, Hawai’i remains one of the top offensive teams in the nation. The Rainbow Warriors are in the nation’s top three with both a .362 attack percentage and a 1.87 aces per game average. First-year starting opposite Rado Parapunov is in the nation’s top 15 with a 3.62 kills per game average. He also led Hawai’i with a combined 33 kills in a two-match non-conference series sweep against No. 2/2 UCLA in January. Similar to Hawai’i, a first-year starter leads the UC Irvine offense. Opposite Karl Apfelbach is fourth int he nation with a 4.00 kills per game average, including having at least 15 kills in six of his last seven matches. UC Irvine, though, begins conference play on a two-match losing streak. The Big West in the offseason officially became the first multi-sport NCAA Division I conference to add men’s volleyball. With the conference sponsoring men’s volleyball, five Big West schools and UC San Diego left the MPSF to join the new conference. In the first Big West season, every conference match will be even more significant compared to other conferences. Big West teams will play 10 conference matches during the regular season — the shortest schedule for any conference this season. In addition, the top two teams in the Big West at the end of the regular season will earn byes to the conference tournament semifinals.
King (9-2, 6-0 ConfCarolinas) vs. Mount Olive (8-4, 5-1 ConfCarolinas)
Match vitals: 2 p.m. in Mount Olive, North Carolina
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What to know: Mount Olive doesn’t have much time to recover from its toughest loss of the season. Instead, it has a just as equally important match against another undefeated ConfCarolinas team. Mount Olive two days after losing in five games to Barton for its first conference loss will now play host to first-place King. The Tornado are on an eight-match winning streak and have not dropped a game during the streak. In addition, all-conference setter Nick Drooker has guided the offense to a ConfCarolinas-best .304 attack percentage, including the team hitting more than .400 in three of its last eight matches. Drooker also begins the weekend leading the conference with a 9.60 assists per game average and is among the nation’s leaders averaging 0.40 aces per game. Along with Drooker, Mount Olive senior setter Jeff Yasalonis is second in the conference with a 9.57 assists per game average. Yasalonis in the loss to Barton played the majority of the match without his top offensive option, opposite Robert Poole. The all-conference senior was pulled following three attack errors and no kills in the opening game. Poole is second in the ConfCarolinas with a 3.76 kills per game average and before the most recent match had double-digit kills in six consecutive matches. While Poole was limited in the most recent match, King outside attacker Jeff Sprayberry is coming off of his best offensive performance of the season. The 2017 ConfCarolinas Player of the Year had a match-high 13 kills and zero attack errors on a .619 attack percentage and added three aces in a sweep against Limestone on Tuesday. In addition, Sprayberry is fourth in the conference and among the national leaders with a 3.40 kills per game average. This match also will be the first time King and Mount Olive have played each other since the Trojans upset the No. 2 seed and co-conference regular season champion Tornado in the 2017 ConfCarolinas Tournament semifinals. Yasalonis guided the offense to a .358 attack percentage in that postseason victory, and Poole had a team-high 18 kills.
Alderson Broaddus (2-9) vs. St. Andrews (5-4)
Match vitals: 2 p.m. in Charlotte, North Carolina
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Harvard (1-8, 1-5 EIVA) vs. Princeton (1-10, 0-3 EIVA)
Match vitals: 7 p.m. in Princeton, New Jersey
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