Check out all the matches today involving NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball teams and how to follow them live.
No. 2/2 Hawai’i (13-2, 1-1 Big West) vs. No. 4/3 BYU (16-4, 7-0 MPSF)
Match vitals: 7 p.m. in Honolulu, Hawai’i
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What to know: There is so much more on the line than the Outrigger Invitational championship. This showdown between No. 2/2 Hawai’i and No. 4/3 BYU in the defacto title match of the non-conference tournament checks every important criteria category for the NCAA Tournament selection committee. Among the criteria categories the committee uses to determine the two at-large bids and seeding for the seven-team NCAA Tournament includes head-to-head record and record against teams under NCAA Tournament consideration. Both Hawai’i and BYU are among the teams under consideration but the gap is narrow for several teams in the at-large bid race, according to the latest Off the Block bracketology. BYU is on the nation’s second longest winning streak at 11 matches, including a five-game comeback victory against No. 11 Penn State to open the Outrigger Invitational on Thursday. Without its two starting middle attackers in the lineup, BYU also defeated Lewis in four games on Friday. Hawai’i middle attacker Dalton Solbrig has a combined 11 kills on a .500 attack percentage in the team’s two victories at the Outrigger Invitational. In addition, middle attacker Patrick Gasman had a season-high six blocks in a sweep versus Penn State on Friday. This match will feature two of the top offenses int he nation. Hawai’i first-year starting setter Joe Worsley began the weekend with a nation-best 11.28 assists per game and has guided the offense to the second-best attack percentage in the nation at .375. The Rainbow Warriors have two players in the nation’s top 10 for kills. All-American outside attacker Stijn van Tilburg is third in the nation with a 4.31 kills per game average and is in the nation’s top 15 hitting .380. van Tilburg also had 12 kills in the Rainbow Warriors; sweep against the Cougars in the 2017 MPSF Tournament semifinals — the last meeting between the two teams before Hawai’i in the offseason departed the MPSF to join the new Big West men’s volleyball conference. Along with van Tilburg, opposite Rado Parapunov is among the national leaders with a 3.71 kills per game average. BYU is seventh in the nation with a .313 attack percentage and has hit at least .300 in four of its last five matches. Freshman opposite Gabi Garcia Fernandez leads BYU and is in the nation’s top 20 with a 3.57 kills per game average. In addition, All-American outside attacker Brenden Sander is among the national leaders averaging 3.46 kills per game average. Sander has a combined 34 kills in the first two matches of the Outrigger Invitational and has hit more than .350 in both matches.
No. 6/6 Loyola (15-4, 6-1 MIVA) vs. No. 7/7 Pepperdine (10-5, 4-3 MPSF)
Match vitals: 5 p.m. in Malibu, California
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What to know: For a match taking place with more than a month left in the regular season, it has a feel of an elimination match to remain in contention for a possible at-large bid. No. 6/6 Loyola will complete its West Coast road trip as it travels to No. 7/7 Pepperdine in a non-conference match that could have significant bracketology implications. The Ramblers and Waves are among the eight teams still consideration for the two NCAA Tournament at-large bids, according to the latest Off the Block bracketology. However, no team with more than six regular season has received an at-large bid since the NCAA Tournament field expanded to six teams in 2014. Loyola and Pepperdine enter this non-conference match following losses in their most recent matches. Pepperdine suffered a four-game road conference loss to No. 5/5 UCLA on Wednesday, while Loyola opened its non-conference road trip with a four-game upset loss to No. 14 Concordia-Irvine on Thursday. Despite the loss, Loyola All-American middle attacker Jeff Jendryk had a season-high nine blocks. Jendryk is one of two players in this match who are among the nation’s leaders in attack percentage. The middle attacker after spending the offseason playing for the United States in the FIVB World League is fourth in the country during his senior season with a .447 attack percentage. Pepperdine all-conference outside attacker David Wieczorek leads all MPSF pin hitters and is 14th in the nation hitting .381. In addition, Wieczorek has double-digit kills in every match he has played in this season and is seventh in the nation averaging 3.90 kills per game. This match also includes two of the top freshmen setters in the nation. Freshman setter Garrett Zolg has guided the Loyola offense to a nation’s eighth-best attack percentage at .309, and the team has hit at least .300 in four of its last six matches. The first-year starter also is seventh in the country with a 10.22 assists per game average. Pepperdine setter Robert Mullahey is edging out Zolg and is sixth in the nation averaging 10.29 assists per game.
Mount Olive (11-7, 7-2 ConfCarolinas) vs. Ottawa (9-8)
Match vitals: Noon in Phoenix, Arizona
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Emmanuel (7-10, 4-5 ConfCarolinas) vs. Brewton-Parker (0-19)
Match vitals: 4 p.m. in Mount Vernon, Georgia
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Quincy (9-12, 0-8 MIVA) vs. Graceland (0-20)
Match vitals: 5 p.m. in Lamoni, Iowa
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