Check out all the matches today involving NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball teams and how to follow them live.
No. 6/5 Loyola (17-4, 7-1 MIVA) vs. No. 11 Ball State (13-9, 6-2 MIVA)
Match vitals: 8 p.m. in Chicago
Follow live: Live stats, Online video, In-match tweets, TV (NBC Sports Chicago+)
What to know: No. 11 Ball State isn’t only going up against the first-place team in the MIVA — it’s going up against almost 20 years of history. Ball State having not won a road match against No. 6/5 Loyola since 1999 will travel to Gentile Arena with a chance to move into a tie for first place in the conference. The Ramblers halfway through the conference season have a one-match lead against the second-place Cardinals and are coming off two wins against top-10 ranked teams. Freshman setter Garrett Zolg guided the offense to a .355 attack percentage in a road sweep against No. 5/6 Pepperdine on March 10. In addition, All-American middle attacker Jeff Jendryk had a match-high 13 kills and zero attack errors as Loyola hit .432 and swept its in-state rival No. 10/9 Lewis on Saturday. The senior, who spent the offseason playing for the United States in the FIVB World League, is second in the nation with a .475 attack percentage and has not committed more than three attack errors in a match this season. Jendryk is one of two finalists for the 2017 Ryan Millar Award that will compete in this conference match. Ball State middle attacker Matt Walsh is in the nation’s top 10 with both a .396 attack percentage and a 1.19 blocks per game average. The All-MIVA senior had a combined 18 kills while hitting .444 and added 15 blocks in a two-match series sweep against No. 15 Fort Wayne last week. Walsh also had nine kills — two more than Jendryk — and four blocks in Ball State’s four-game home victory against Loyola in February. The Cardinals in that conference victory had two players with double-digit digs, including a match-high 13 digs from setter Jake Romano. The Cardinals enter this match leading the MIVA and fourth in the nation with a 10.29 digs per game average. Loyola is among the national leaders with a .316 attack percentage and has hit above its season average in four of its last six matches.