Top college men’s volleyball matches to follow tonight

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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 (19-4, 9-1 MIVA) vs. No. 9/7 Ohio State (17-4, 8-2 MIVA)
Match vitals: 7 p.m. in Columbus, Ohio 
Follow live: Live stats, In-match tweets
What to know: A lot is riding on this one road conference match. Everything from knocking out all other teams from realistic contention for a MIVA regular season title to bolstering its resume for the NCAA Tournament selection is at stake No. 6/5 Loyola as it travels to No. 9/7 Ohio State. The Ramblers have a one-match lead on the second-place Buckeyes. With a victory against Ohio State, Loyola would need to win one of three remaining MIVA matches, which are all against teams with losing records, to clinch the MIVA regular season title and a No. 1 seed for the MIVA Tournament. The No. 1 seed also earns home court advantage throughout the entire conference tournament. A loss, though, would drop the Ramblers into a tie for first place and the Buckeyes would own the head-to-head tiebreaker if they won in three or four games. Loyola in its previous meeting in February rallied from a two-game deficit and defeated Ohio State in a fifth-game overtime. Freshman setter Garret Zolg guided the offense to more than a .425 attack percentage both the third and fourth games during the comeback. The Ramblers also finished that match hitting .310 and have at least a .325 attack percentage in each of their last four matches. Ohio State leads the MIVA and is fifth in the nation with a .337 attack percentage — .017 percentage points better than Loyola. All-American outside attacker Nicolas Szerszen is in the nation’s top 15 averaging both a 3.60 kills per game average and a .401 attack percentage. The two-time defending MIVA Player of the Year had double-digit kills in the last eight matches, including a match-high 20 kills on a .457 attack percentage against Loyola. Szerszen also had three aces in that loss and is coming off of a season-high six aces in a five-game victory against Lindenwood on Sunday. Along with Szerszen, Loyola middle attacker Jeff Jendryk is among the nation’s leaders for hitting effeminacy. The senior, who spent the offseason playing for the United States in the FIVB World League, is second in the nation hitting .474. He also has committed a combined two attack errors in his last four matches and contributed nine kills on a .692 attack percentage in a sweep versus No. 15 Fort Wayne on Saturday. Ohio State and Loyola have combined to win the last four NCAA championships and the last five MIVA champions. In addition, the two teams during the rally scoring era are a combined 20-5 as the No. 1 seed in the MIVA Tournament.

Lees-McRae (1-18, 0-11 ConfCarolinas) vs. Limestone (7-16, 4-9 ConfCarolinas)
Match vitals: 7 p.m. in Gaffney, South Carolina 
Follow live: Live stats

St. Francis (8-15, 3-5 EIVA) vs. Sacred Heart (4-11, 0-8 EIVA)
Match vitals: 7 p.m. in Fairfield, Connecticut
Follow live: Live stats, Online video, In-match tweets

No. 10/9 Lewis (16-8, 7-3 MIVA) vs. McKendree (10-11, 5-5 MIVA)
Match vitals: 7 p.m. in Lebanon, Illinois 
Follow live: Live stats, Online video

No. 2/2 BYU (18-4, 8-0 MPSF) vs. No. 14 Concordia-Irvine (12-13, 3-6 MPSF)
Match vitals: 7 p.m. in Provo, Utah 
Follow live: Live stats, Online video, In-match tweets, TV (BYUtv)

No. 5/6 Pepperdine (13-6, 6-3 MPSF) vs. USC (6-16, 2-6 MPSF)
Match vitals: 7 p.m. in Los Angeles, California
Follow live: Live stats, Online video, Radio feed, In-match tweets

No. 13 Grand Canyon (16-8, 3-6 MPSF) vs. Stanford (4-17, 1-7 MPSF)
Match vitals: 7 p.m. in Stanford, California
Follow live: Live stats, Online video, In-match tweets

Division III National Matches of the Day

No. 14 Endicott (18-2) vs. Cal Lutheran (17-8)
Match vitals:
6 p.m. in Beverly, Massachusetts
Follow live: Live stats, Online video

No. 8 SUNY New Paltz (16-6) vs. Baruch (11-13)
Match vitals:
6 p.m. in New York City
Follow live: Live stats, Online video

No. 4 Kean (27-2) vs. Rutgers-Newark (17-4)
Match vitals:
7 p.m. in Union, New Jersey
Follow live: Live stats, Online video, In-match tweets