Quick-hit guide to MIVA Tournament semifinal matches

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The MIVA Tournament continues on Wednesday with the semifinals. Check out the quick-hit information and historical stats to know about both of these match-ups.

No. 1 seed Lewis (23-5, 13-1 MIVA) vs. No. 4 seed McKendree (13-12, 7-7 MIVA)
Match vitals:
7 p.m. in Romeoville, Illinois
Season series: Lewis leads 2-0 (won in four games on Feb. 23; sweep on March 29)
Last MIVA Tournament title: Lewis (2012); McKendree (never)
Stats to know: A No. 1 seed has not lost in the MIVA Tournament semifinals since Loyola in 2005. Lewis is undefeated all-time in home matches against McKendree but this will be the first postseason meeting between the two teams. Home teams are 16-2 in the semifinals since 2010 when MIVA changed its format to give home court advantage in the conference tournament semifinals to the top two-remaining seeds. The Flyers were involved in both those road upsets. Lewis upset Loyola in 2016 and then a year later at home lost to Grand Canyon in the semifinals. McKendree is attempting to become the first No. 4 seed or lower since 2006 to advance to the MIVA Tournament finals.

No. 2 seed Loyola (20-7, 12-2 MIVA) vs. No. 3 seed Purdue Fort Wayne (17-11, 8-6 MIVA)
Match vitals:
7 p.m. in Chicago
Season series: Loyola leads 2-0 (won in four games on Feb. 15 and March 23)
Last MIVA Tournament title: Loyola (2015); Purdue Fort Wayne (2007)
Stats to know: Loyola is on a 15-match winning streak against Purdue Fort Wayne dating back to 2013, including a victory versus the Mastodons in the 2014 MIVA Tournament semifinals. In addition, Purdue Fort Wayne last beat Loyola at Gentile Arena during the 2012 regular season. The Ramblers are 7-2 all-time in home matches during the MIVA Tournament semifinals. Purdue Fort Wayne has not reached the MIVA Tournament finals since winning its last conference title in 2007. All-MIVA outside attacker Pelegrin Vargas, though, has 86 combined kills in five career matches against Loyola highlighted by a match-high 21 kills on a .378 attack percentage in the most recent meeting.