Check out all the matches today involving NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball teams and how to follow them live.
No. 4/4 Ohio State (11-3, 4-1 MIVA) vs. No. 8/7 Loyola (11-3, 4-1 MIVA)
Match vitals: 7 p.m. in Chicago
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What to know: Hall of Fame coach Pete Hanson has plenty of experience, but it’s been awhile since he had to get his team ready for the next match following a conference loss. No. 4/4 Ohio State after having its 38-match MIVA winning streak snapped on Thursday will now travel to No. 8/7 Loyola. Both the Buckeyes and Ramblers enter this match as two of the three teams tied for first place in the MIVA. No. 9/8 Lewis’ home sweep against Ohio State helped create a three-way for first-place in the conference and five MIVA teams begin the day within one match of first place. Freshman opposite Jake Hanes in the recent loss finished with a team-high 16 kills against Lewis for his fifth match this season with at least 15 kills. Hanes leads the MIVA with a 4.02 kills per games and is one of two Buckeyes in conference’s top five for kills per game average. All-American outside attacker Nicolas Szerszen is averaging 3.50 kills per game, including having 12 kills on a .500 attack percentage in the loss to Lewis. Loyola with freshman setter Garrett Zolg running its offense is third in the conference and among the national leaders with a .308 attack percentage — .021 percentage points behind the conference leader Ohio State. Outside attacker Collin Mahan is fourth in the MIVA with a 3.50 kills per game average and has double-digit kills in every match this season. Mahan also has hit more than .300 in five consecutive matches and earlier this season had 13 kills on a .545 attack percentage in a loss to No. 1/1 Long Beach State. Along with Mahan, Loyola has one of the top offensive middle attackers in the nation. Jeff Jendryk returning to Loyola after spending the offseason playing with the United States in the FIVB World League is leading the MIVA with a .459 attack percentage. In addition, the All-American had a season-high 12 kills while hitting .500 in a five-game road victory against No. 15 Fort Wayne last week. This conference match will also feature the two teams that have combined to win the last four NCAA championships. Loyola won back-to-back NCAA titles in 2014 and 2015, while Ohio State followed with national titles in 2016 and 2017.
No. 7/10 Penn State (8-3, 3-1 EIVA) vs. Charleston (8-1, 3-0 EIVA)
Match vitals: 7 p.m. in University Park, Pennsylvania
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What know: It’s no typo. Charleston enters this conference road match in first place in the EIVA and with a chance to extend its conference lead against the defending EIVA champions No. 7/10 Penn State. Despite being winless in its first two years in the EIVA and picked to finish in last place in the EIVA preseason coaches poll, Charleston has opened the conference season with three straight wins. Freshman outside attacker Max Senica leads Charleston and is fifth in the EIVA with a 2.88 kills per game average. In addition, Senica had a team-high 14 kills and added 10 digs in a five-game road victory against St. Francis on Friday. The Nittany Lions enter this home match attempting to rebound from their first conference loss of the season. Penn State was held to a season-low .067 attack percentage and allowed seven aces in a three-game loss to George Mason on Friday. The loss, though, was the third match back for Preseason All-American opposite Calvin Mende. Mende missed three weeks with an injury, but in his return match last week had a match-high 14 kills on a .440 attack percentage in a victory against Sacred Heart. The sophomore also is fourth in the conference with both a 2.92 kills per game average and a .321 attack percentage. Penn State is undefeated all-time against Charleston. In addition, Charleston is winless in program history against nationally ranked teams, including a three-game loss against No. 4/4 Ohio State in February for its only loss of the season.
Limestone (4-11, 2-6 ConfCarolinas) vs. Coker (6-5)
Match vitals: 2 p.m. in Hartsville, South Carolina
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Sacred Heart (2-7, 0-4 EIVA) vs. Princeton (1-11, 0-4 EIVA)
Match vitals: 4 p.m. in Princeton, New Jersey
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