Check out all the matches today involving NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball teams and how to follow them live.
No. 1/1 Long Beach State (23-0, 8-0 Big West) vs. No. 6/6 Hawai’i (17-6, 5-3 Big West)
Match vitals: 7 p.m. in Honolulu, Hawai’i
Follow live: Live stats, Online video, Radio feed, In-match tweets
What to know: Coach Charlie Wade and No. 6/6 Hawai’i have a knack from upsetting the No. 1 ranked team at the Stan Sheriff Center, but this time it will be even more of a challenge. Hawai’i opens a two-match home series against No. 1/1 Long Beach State with the 49ers attempting to become the first team since 1984 to finish the season undefeated. Long Beach State enters this regular season finale having been the unanimous No. 1 ranked team in both the coaches poll and media poll since February and already clinched the Big West regular season championship. In addition, Long Beach State is projected to be the No. 1 seed for the NCAA Tournament by such a wide margin it could lose both matches against Hawai’i and in the Big West Tournament, according to the latest Off the Block bracketology. The 49ers have a nation-best .393 attack percentage, while the Rainbow Warriors are second in the country hitting .356. All-American setter Josh Tuaniga is fourth in the nation averaging 10.61 assists per game and has guided the 49ers offense to at least a .300 attack percentage in all but one of their Big West matches. Both All-American outside attacker TJ DeFalco and All-American opposite Kyle Ensing are in the nation’s top 15 hitting more .375. DeFalco also leads all pin-hitters in the nation with a .395 attack percentage and among all players is in the nation’s top 20 averaging 3.53 kills per game. Hawai’i returns home in second place in the Big West following two road victories against No. 12 UC Santa Barbara last week. In addition, it has a half-match lead on third-place No. 3/2 UC Irvine for the No. 2 seed and bye to the Big West Tournament semifinals. Hawai’i outside attacker Stijn van Tilburg is third in the nation with a 4.12 kills per game average. Opposite Rado Parapunov also was named the Big West Player of the Week after having a team-high 20 kills on a .368 attack percentage in a four-game victory against UC Santa Barbara on Saturday. Hawai’i in the nine season under Wade has three victories against No. 1 ranked opponents with the most recent upset occurring against UCLA in 2016.
George Mason (15-11, 11-1 EIVA) vs. Harvard (11-11, 10-2 EIVA)
Match vitals: 7 p.m. in Fairfax, Virginia
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What to know: One more win is all George Mason needs to secure home court advantage throughout its conference tournament. The Patriots will open a two-match home series against second-place Harvard with a chance to win the EIVA regular season championship and earn the right to host to four-team EIVA Tournament. George Mason has not played host to the conference tournament since 1994, and no team besides Penn State has played host to the event since the EIVA in 2000 implemented the format of the regular season champions playing host to the conference tournament. The Patriots enter the final week of the regular season after suffering a five-game loss to the Nittany Lions that ended their program-record 11-match EIVA winning streak. Opposite Hayden Wagner leads the EIVA with a 3.60 kills per game average, including having at least 20 kills in two conference matches. Wagner, though, was held to 10 kills and a zero attack percentage in the loss to Penn State on Saturday. Harvard after starting the season 1-8, which included three losses to Division III schools, rebounded to win its last 10 EIVA matches and clinch a postseason berth. In addition, Harvard middle attacker Riley Moore leads the EIVA and is third in the nation with a .448 attack percentage. Moore has double-digit kills in three of the last four matches and had a career-high 14 kills while hitting .875 in an upset victory against Penn State on March 31. This series also will feature two of the top liberos in the conference. Harvard libero Chase Howard is second in the EIVA with a 2.60 digs per game average, while George Mason All-EIVA libero Johnny Gomez is third averaging 2.57 digs per game.