College men’s volleyball matches to follow tonight

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

No. 4/4 Pepperdine (18-6, 7-3 MPSF) vs. No. 6/7 USC (15-8, 6-4 MPSF)
Match vitals: 7 p.m. in Malibu, California
Follow live: Live stats, In-Match tweets, Live Video
What to know: This match has plenty of MPSF tournament seeding implications. A Pepperdine win and a UCLA loss clinches the No. 1 seed for the Waves in the MPSF tournament. If USC wins their final two matches, they earn the No. 1 seed in the MPSF tournament. The No. 1 seed in the MPSF tournament not gets a first-round bye, but hosts the semifinal and final round matches. The last time Pepperdine finished (tied) for the first place at the end of the MPSF regular season was 2015, and the last time they were the No. 1 seed in the MPSF tournament was 2005 – the year they last won the NCAA championship. The last time USC was the No. 1 seed in the MPS tournament was in 2012. The Waves have plenty of motivation as the Trojans have won the last two head-to-head matches, including one in that knocked out Pepperdine from the MPSF tournament last year. Pepperdine a senior-laden team, with five of their six starters exhausting their eligibility this year; the one player who will return next year is setter Robert Mullahey. Middle Attacker Kevin Vaz was named Off the Block’s National Middle Attacker of the Week as well the MPSF Defensive Player of the Week last week after tallying 13 kills on 18 errorless swings to go along with 15 blocks. Outside attacker Kaleb Denmark was both named AVCA Player of the Week and MPSF Offensive Player of the Week last week after tallying a career-high 18 kills in a win over No. 5/5 UCLA. Not to be out done, USC senior opposite Ryan Moss was named Off the Block’s National Opposite of the Week last week after amassing 24 kills, 12 digs, and nine digs in a pair of wins over ranked conference foes last week. USC’s two other senior starters – outside attackers Gianluca Grasso and Jack Wyett – earned MPSF Defensive Player of the Week and Offensive Player of the Week honors respectively two weeks ago for their performances in an upset of then-top ranked Long Beach State. Pepperdine leads the conference with 12.60 assists/game, 9.27 digs/game, 0.338 hitting percentage, and 13.45 kills/game. Outside attacker David Wieczorek ranks second in the conference with 0.437 aces/game and third in the conference with 3.75 kills/game. Defensively, Kevin Vaz leads the conference with 1.098 blocks/game, while opposite Michael Wexter is second in the conference with 2.06 digs/game. USC ranks in the top ten nationally with 11.93 assists/game, a 0.322 hitting percentage, and 12.87 kills/game. Ryan Moss is second in the conference in both kills/game (3.75) and attack percentage (0.362).

No. 5/5 UCLA (17-7, 7-3 MPSF) vs. No. 14 Concordia-Irvine (14-16, 3-7 MPSF)
Match vitals: 7 p.m. in Los Angeles, California
Follow live: Live stats, Radio feed, In-Match tweets, Live Video

No. 11 BYU (12-10, 6-5 MPSF) vs. Grand Canyon (12-14, 2-8 MPSF)
Match vitals: 6 p.m. in Phoenix, Arizona
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No. 13 Purdue Fort Wayne (16-9, 8-4 MIVA) vs. Ohio State (8-18, 3-9 MIVA)
Match vitals: 7 p.m. in Columbus, Ohio
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Ball State (14-13, 5-7 MIVA) vs. McKendree (11-11, 6-6 MIVA)
Match vitals: 7 p.m. in Lebanon, Illinois
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Division III National Matches of the Day

No. 11 Endicott (21-5) vs. Eastern Nazarene (13-13)
Match vitals: 6 p.m. in Beverly, Massachusetts
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No. 13 Rivier (19-7) vs. Emmanuel (18-11)
Match vitals: 7 p.m. in Boston, Massachusetts
Follow live: Live stats, Live Video

Johnson & Wales (17-9) vs. Emerson (10-10)
Match vitals: 7 p.m. in Boston, Massachusetts
Follow live: Live stats