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. 5/5 UCLA (18-7, 8-3 MPSF) vs. No. 6/7 USC (15-9, 6-5 MPSF)
Match vitals: 7 p.m. in Los Angeles, California
Follow live: Live stats, In-Match tweets, Live Video (Pac-12 Network)
What to know: Do we even need to explain the history these two programs have? We can probably start and stop with the fact that UCLA has 19 NCAA titles, while the Trojans have four. The Trojans came into last year’s rematch 2-7 in conference, while the Bruins came in 7-2. There are a couple of similarities between last year’s rematch and this year’s rematch – both matches were/are on USC’s senior night, both televised on Pac-12 Networks, and both matches were/are at Galen Center. The Trojans upset the Bruins in #CincoSets in front 1,000 fans. It was a pretty even match statistically, but the Trojans prevailed in the fifth game where they hit. 312 to UCLA’s .100. UCLA opposite Christian Hessenauer led all players with 22 kills, while the Trojans were paced with Gianluca Grasso’s 20 kils and Jack Wyett’s 18 killls. The Bruins rank in the top-ten nationall with 1.71 aces/game, 12.20 assists/game, a 0.326 attack percentage, and 12.90 kills/game. The Trojans also rank in the top-ten nationally with 11.96 assists/game, a 0.323 attack percentage, and 12.87 kills/game. A story line that will be of interest to those watching the game is the service game. At times, UCLA has been plagued by their inability to get their serve in bounds. The Bruins have tallied over 25 service errors in eight of their 25 matches this year. In their win versus Concordia-Irvine on Thursday, the Bruins had a season low 14 service errors. The Trojans on the other hand had 15 service errors versus zero aces in their loss at Pepperdine on Thursday. UCLA’s Micah Ma’a is the only player to have recorded a triple-double this season (double-digit totals in assists, kills, and blocks at BYU earlier this year.) Ma’a is second in the nation with 0.613 aces/game and is now UCLA’s all time leader in career aces. Ma’a also leads the team with 8.81 assists/game and 1.99 digs/game. His versatility as either being able to be used as a outside hitter or a setter cannot be understated to the Bruins who have been hit by injury All three starting pin hitters for USC are seniors for the Trojans, but the most consistent player has been opposite Ryan Moss. He has been selected twice for Off the Block’s Opposite of the Week Award as well as MPSF Offensive Player of the Week after he amassed 45 kills and ten digs while attacking at an efficient .513 clip.

No. 13 Purdue Fort Wayne (16-10, 8-5 MIVA) vs. McKendree (11-12, 6-7 MIVA)
Match vitals: 4 p.m. in Lebanon, Illinois
Follow live: Live stats, In-Match Tweets, Live Video
What to know: It all comes down to the final day of the regular season to determine if McKendree will achieve a program milestone. McKendree is tied for fourth place in the MIVA and can clinch a postseason home match for the first time in its program history if it beats No. 13 Purdue Fort Wayne in its regular season finale. The Bearcats had an opportunity on Thursday to secure the No. 4 seed for the MIVA Tournament and home court in the quarterfinals. However, Ball State overcame multiple match-points to win the fourth game and then won the decisive fifth game against McKendree. Purdue Fort Wayne has already clinched the No. 3 seed for the MIVA Tournament. In its only previous meeting this season, the Mastodons defeated the Bearcats in five games and hit a match-best .556 in the decisive game. Purdue Fort Wayne Outside attacker Pelegrin Vargas is third in the MIVA and in the nation’s top 15 with a 3.84 kills per game average on a .288 attack percentage. He also has double-digit kills in eight consecutive matches, including three matches with more than 20 kills. McKendree Middle attacker Wyatt Dimke had a season-high 15 kills on a .522 attack percentage in McKendree’s five-game loss to Ball State on Thursday. He also is in the top 10 of the MIVA averaging 0.98 blocks per game.

No. 15 George Mason (14-8 , 7-4 EIVA) vs. Penn State (13-12, 9-2 EIVA)
Match vitals: 7 p.m. in University Park, Pennsylvania
Follow live: Live stats, In-Match Tweets, Live Video
What to know: The Nittany Lions are all alone in second place in the EIVA standings at 8-2, one match ahead of both George Mason and Saint Francis. George Mason won the previous match between the two EIVA rivals in late February down in Virginia via a sweep. As long as the Patriots win this match, or lose in four games or five games, they would gain the tiebreaker if the two teams are tied at the end of the season. Even if Penn State was to pull off a sweep, George Mason would be in good shape to earn the head-to-head tiebreaker because they won that February contest by 16 points. The February contest was played in front of a sold-out crowd as part of their Alumni Weekend. The sweep of Penn State was the first sweep at home for the Patriots over the Nittany Lions since 1984. George Mason hit .349 as a team and led opposite Hayden Wagner’s 11 kills, eight digs, and five blocks. The Patriots lead the EIVA in almost all statistical categories, including 11.37 assists/game, 9.22 digs/game, 0.283 attack percentage, 12.21 kills/game, and a 0.226 opponent attack percentage. Statistically, Penn State ranks in the middle or at bottom of the conference in all statistical categories, but don’t be fooled as the Nittany Lions’ strength of schedule ranks No. 24 in the nation, while Patriots’ schedule is fifth worst in the nation. George Mason Opposite Hayden Wagner has been named EIVA Offensive Player of the Week four times this season already. He leads the team and ranks top-five nationally with 8.79 attacks/game, 4.30 kills/game, and 5.24 points/game. Penn State middle attacker Jason Donorovich has won two EIVA Player of the Week honors himself – one for his offensive performance and one for defensive performance. He leads the Nittany Lions with 0.349 aces/game, 0.892 blocks/game, and a 0.384 attack percentage.

No. 1/1 Hawai’i (24-0, 7-0 Big West) vs. No. 3/3 UC Santa Barbara (17-4, 4-3 Big West)
Match Vitals:
7 p.m. in Manoa, Hawai’i
Follow live:
Live stats, In-Match Tweets, Live video, Radio Feed

No. 2/2 Long Beach State (22-1, 7-0 Big West) vs. UC San Diego (7-16, 0-7 Big West)
Match vitals: 7 p.m. in La Jolla, California
Follow live: Live stats, In-Match tweets, Live Video (ESPN 3)

No. 4/4 Pepperdine (18-6, 8-3 MPSF) vs. No. 14 Concordia-Irvine (14-17, 3-8 MPSF)
Match vitals: 5 p.m. in Malibu, California
Follow live: Live stats, In-Match tweets, Live Video

No. 7/7 Lewis (21-5, 12-1 MIVA) vs. Lindenwood (9-17, 5-8 MIVA)
Match vitals: 7 p.m. in Romeoville, Illinois
Follow live: Live stats, In-Match tweets, Live Video

No. 8/8 UC Irvine (14-10, 2-5 Big West) vs. No. 12 CSUN (11-12, 1-6 Big West)
Match vitals: 7 p.m. in Irvine, California
Follow live: Live stats, In-Match tweets, Live Video (ESPN 3)

No. 9/9 Stanford (14-10, 5-6 MPSF) vs. Grand Canyon (13-14, 3-8 MPSF)
Match vitals: 6 p.m. in Phoenix, Arizona
Follow live: Live stats, In-Match tweets, Live Video

No. 10/10 Loyola (18-7, 11-2 MIVA) vs. Quincy (5-21, 0-13 MIVA)
Match vitals: 7 p.m. in Chicago, Illinois
Follow live:  Live stats, In-Match tweets, Live Video (ESPN3)

Mount Olive (11-14, 9-6 ConfCarolinas) vs. King (17-9, 13-2 ConfCarolinas)
Match vitals: 2 p.m. in Bristol, Tennessee
Follow live:  Live stats, Live Video

Lees-McRae (2-20, 0-15 ConfCarolinas) vs. Barton (20-4, 13-2 ConfCarolinas)
Match vitals: 2:30 p.m. in Banner Elk, North Carolina
Follow live:  Live stats, Live Video

Springfield (23-2) vs. Daemen (6-13)
Match vitals: 4 p.m. in Poughkeepsie, New York
Follow live: Live stats, Live Video

St. Francis (14-11, 8-3 EIVA) vs. Charleston (9-17, 1-10 EIVA)
Match vitals: 4 p.m. in Loretto, Pennsylvania
Follow live: Live stats, In-Match tweets, Live Video

Limestone (13-11, 8-8 ConfCarolinas) vs. Queens (8-18)
Match vitals: 4 p.m. in Charlotte, North Carolina
Follow live: Live stats, Live Video

Sacred Heart (3-14, 1-10 EIVA) vs. Princeton (12-12, 10-1 EIVA)
Match vitals: 5 p.m. in Princeton, New Jersey
Follow live: Live stats, In-Match tweets

Belmont Abbey (14-10, 9-6 ConfCarolinas) vs. Emmanuel (10-17, 5-10 ConfCarolinas)
Match vitals: 5:30 p.m. in Belmont, North Carolina
Follow live:  Live stats, Live Video

Vassar (13-13) vs. Daemen (6-13)
Match vitals: 6 p.m. in Poughkeepsie, New York
Follow live: Live stats, Live Video

Harvard (6-13, 5-6 EIVA) vs. NJIT (8-13, 3-8 EIVA)
Match vitals: 6 p.m. in Newark, New Jersey
Follow live: Live stats, Live Video

Ball State (15-13, 6-7 MIVA) vs. Ohio State (9-18, 4-9 MIVA)
Match vitals: 7 p.m. in Columbus, Ohio
Follow live: Live stats, In-Match tweets

Division III National Matches of the Day

No. 4 Kean (22-5) vs. No. 10 SUNY-New Paltz (21-7)
Match vitals: 6 p.m. in New Paltz, New York
Follow live: Live stats, Live Video

No. 5 Stevens (24-4) vs. Juniata (19-6)
Match vitals: 11 a.m. in Hoboken, New Jersey
Follow live: Live stats, Live Video

No. 5 Stevens (24-4) vs. Arcadia (24-8)
Match vitals: 3 p.m. in Hoboken, New Jersey
Follow live: Live stats, Live Video

No. 8 Benedictine (21-3) vs. No. 12 MSOE (19-6)
Match vitals: 1 p.m. in Lisle, Illinois
Follow live: Live stats, Live Video

No. 9 Lancaster Bible (24-4) vs. NYU (12-9)
Match vitals: 2 p.m. in Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Follow live: Live Video

St. John Fisher (20-10) vs. Hunter (16-11)
Match vitals: 2 p.m. in New York, New York
Follow live: Live stats, Live Video

NAIA National Match of the Day

No. 1 Missouri Baptist (27-0) vs. No. 5 Park (20-3)
Match vitals: Noon in St. Louis, Missouri
Follow live: Live stats, Live Video

One Reply to “College men’s volleyball matches to follow tonight”

  1. Saint Francis beat George Mason in February and this weekend! That’s what we need to know⚡️

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