Top college men’s volleyball matches to follow tonight

Photo courtesy of Jay Sowers.

Check out all the matches today involving NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball teams and how to follow them live.

No. 2/2 BYU (20-5, 10-1 MPSF) vs. No. 5/4 UCLA (21-6, 8-3 MPSF)
Match vitals: 7 p.m. in Los Angeles, California 
Follow live: Live stats, Online video, Radio feed, In-match tweets, TV (Pac-12 Network)
What to know: The No. 1 seed for the MPSF Tournament has already been decided, but this regular season finale remains just as critical because of the NCAA Tournament implications. No. 5/4 UCLA will play host to No. 2/2 BYU with both teams needing a victory to bolster their resumes for the selection committee. Among the criteria the committee uses to determine the two at-large bids and NCAA Tournament field includes RPI ranking, head-to-head record and record versus teams under NCAA Tournament consideration. BYU along with its No. 4 RPI ranking has one of the nation’s best records against teams under consideration at 7-3, including a home sweep against UCLA in March. The Bruins, though, are two spots ahead of the Cougars in the RPI and 6-5 against teams under consideration, according to the latest Off the Block bracketology projections. BYU enters this match after sweeping No. 4/5 Pepperdine on Thursday to clinch the MPSF regular season championship and No. 1 seed for the conference tournament. Serving specialist Wil Stanley coming off the bench led all players with four aces as BYU had a season-high 11 aces in the road victory. In addition, All-American outside attacker Brenden Sander had a team-high 11 kills on a .429 attack percentage. This was the fourth MPSF match that Sander had double-digit kills while hitting at least .400. The senior also is among the MPSF leaders and in the nation’s top 25 with a 3.43 kills per game average. UCLA is second in the nation with a .354 attack percentage but was held to a .214 attack percentage in its previous meeting against BYU. The Bruins since that loss have seven consecutive matches hitting at least .375. In addition, All-American setter Micah Ma’a is third in the nation averaging 10.72 assists per game and is in the nation’s top 15 with a 0.469 aces per game average. While BYU has secured the No. 1 seed, UCLA can clinch the No. 2 seed for the conference tournament with a win tonight or a Pepperdine loss against Stanford.

Penn State (12-9, 7-3 EIVA) vs. George Mason (14-10, 10-0 EIVA)
Match vitals: 7 p.m. in Fairfax, Virginia 
Follow live: Live stats, In-match tweets
What to know: The EIVA Tournament could officially tonight be coming back to George Mason for the first time in 24 years. First-place George Mason can clinch the No. 1 seed for the conference tournament and the right to host the event with a victory against the defending EIVA champions Penn State and a Harvard loss. With three matches remaining its regular season, the Patriots face the Nittany Lions having a two-match ahead of the second-place Crimson. George Mason swept St. Francis on Friday to remain undefeated in conference play and extend its winning streak to five matches. In addition, All-EIVA setter Brian Negron guided the offense to a .380 attack percentage, including a season-high .727 attack percentage in the opening game. Opposite Hayden Wagner finished with a match-high nine kills. Wagner leads the EIVA with a 3.71 kills per game average and had a match-high 20 kills while hitting .485 in a road sweep against Penn State in February. The Patriots also had seven aces in that victory with Wagner contributing three aces. Penn State rebounded a five-game loss to Harvard last week to sweep Charleston a Friday. The Nittany Lions hit .316 in the road win and were playing without All-EIVA opposite Calvin Mende. Mende suffered an injury in the loss to Harvard and leads Penn State with a 3.24 kills per game average. Penn State last night clinched an EIVA Tournament berth but was eliminated from No. 1 seed contention. This will be the first time since 1998 that the Nittany Lions have not played host to the EIVA Tournament.

Mount Olive (14-11, 10-4 ConfCarolinas) vs. King (17-5, 13-1 ConfCarolinas)
Match vitals: Noon in Bristol, Tennessee 
Follow live: Live stats, Online video, In-match tweets

Barton (18-6, 14-0 ConfCarolinas) vs. Lees-McRae (2-19, 1-12 ConfCarolinas)
Match vitals: 2 p.m. in Banner Elk, North Carolina 
Follow live: Live stats, Online video, In-match tweets

No. 10/10 Lewis (17-10, 8-5 MIVA) vs. Lindenwood (9-14, 3-10 MIVA)
Match vitals: 3 p.m. in St. Charles, Missouri 
Follow live: Live stats, Online video, In-match tweets

No. 8/7 Loyola (20-6, 10-3 MIVA) vs. Quincy (12-17, 0-13 MIVA)
Match vitals: 3 p.m. in Quincy, Illinois 
Follow live: Live stats, Online video, In-match tweets

NJIT (6-15, 3-7 EIVA) vs. Harvard (9-11, 8-2 EIVA)
Match vitals: 4 p.m. in Cambridge, Massachusetts 
Follow live: Live stats

Princeton (9-13, 5-5 EIVA) vs. Sacred Heart (5-12, 1-9 EIVA)
Match vitals: 5 p.m. in Fairfield, Connecticut 
Follow live: Live stats, Online video

Limestone (8-18, 5-10 ConfCarolinas) vs. North Greenville (11-15, 5-9 ConfCarolinas)
Match vitals: 5 p.m. in Tigerville, South Carolina 
Follow live: Live stats, Online video, In-match tweets

Erskine (7-17, 4-10 ConfCarolinas) vs. Belmont Abbey (10-14, 6-7 ConfCarolinas)
Match vitals: 5 p.m. in Belmont, North Carolina 
Follow live: Live stats, Online video

No. 15 Fort Wayne (17-9, 5-7 MIVA) vs. McKendree (11-12, 6-6 MIVA)
Match vitals: 7 p.m. in Fort Wayne, Indiana 
Follow live: Live stats, Radio feed, In-match tweets

St. Francis (8-17, 3-7 EIVA) vs. Charleston (13-8, 3-7 EIVA)
Match vitals: 7 p.m. in Charleston, West Virginia 
Follow live: Live stats, Online video, In-match tweets

No. 7/6 Ohio State (19-4, 10-2 MIVA) vs. No. 12 Ball State (15-11, 8-4 MIVA)
Match vitals: 7:30 p.m. in Muncie, Indiana 
Follow live: Live stats, Online video, In-match tweets

No. 4/5 Pepperdine (14-7, 7-4 MPSF) vs. Stanford (6-18, 3-8 MPSF)
Match vitals: 5 p.m. in Malibu, California 
Follow live: Live stats, Online video, In match tweets

No. 1/1 Long Beach State (21-0, 6-0 Big West) vs. UC San Diego (9-14, 0-6 Big West)
Match vitals: 7 p.m. in Long Beach, California 
Follow live: Live stats, Online video, In-match tweets

No. 3/3 UC Irvine (17-7, 3-3 Big West) vs. No. 9/9 CSUN (13-8, 3-3 Big West)
Match vitals: 7 p.m. in Northridge, California 
Follow live: Live stats, Online video, In-match tweets

No. 6/8 Hawai’i (15-6, 3-3 Big West) vs. No. 11 UC Santa Barbara (10-9, 3-3 Big West)
Match vitals: 7 p.m. in Santa Barbara, California 
Follow live: Live stats, Online video, In-match tweets

No. 13 Concordia-Irvine (13-14, 4-7 MPSF) vs. USC (7-17, 3-7 MPSF)
Match vitals: 7 p.m. in Irvine, California 
Follow live: Live stats, Online video, In-match tweets

Division III National Matches of the Day

No. 13 Mount St. Joseph (17-5) vs. North Central (15-7)
Match vitals:
1 p.m. in Cincinnati
Follow live: Live stats, Online video

No. 1 Springfield (26-1) vs. MIT (15-8)
Match vitals: 5 p.m. in Springfield, Massachusetts
Follow live: Live stats, Online video

No. 4 Kean (29-2) vs. No. 12 Southern Virginia (16-7)
Match vitals:
7 p.m. in Buena Vista, Virginia
Follow live: Live stats, Online video