Check out all the college men’s volleyball matches to follow today and how to follow the matches live.
No. 3/3 UC Santa Barbara (6-2, 0-0 Big West) vs. No. 15/9 Ohio State (8-1, 0-0 MIVA)
Match vitals: 7 p.m. in Columbus, Ohio
Follow live: Live stats, Live video, In-match tweets
What to know: No. 3/3 UC Santa Barbara is making its furthest road trip of the season at a time when it is also in need of a bounce-back performance. UC Santa Barbara will play the host school No. 15/9 Ohio State at the Big West/Big Ten Challenge following two losses to No. 2/1 BYU last weekend. The Gauchos entered that series undefeated and in the finale had a match-point opportunity in the fourth game before eventually losing in a decisive fifth game. Despite the losses, UC Santa Barbara is still fourth in the nation with a .337 attack percentage. Setter Casey McGarry leads the Big West and is third in the country averaging 10.81 assists per game and has guided the Gauchos to at least a .375 attack percentage in all three previous matches against MIVA teams so far this season. Randy DeWeese, who transitioned from setter to outside attacker in the offseason, is in the nation’s top 30 with a 3.33 kills per game average. Ohio State following a road victory against No. 9/8 Penn State last week was ranked in the national media poll for the first time this season. Freshman setter Michael Wright has guided the Buckeyes to the third-best attack percentage in the nation at .338, including the team hitting .427 against the Nittany Lions. Outside attacker Reese Devilbiss also had a match-high 15 kills on a .560 attack percentage in the victory. Devilbiss enters this match in the nation’s top 25 with a 3.50 kills per game average. This will be the first time since 1974 that the Buckeyes will have a home match against the Gauchos.
No. 12 Princeton (4-4, 2-0 EIVA) vs. NJIT (5-2, 0-0 EIVA)
Match vitals: 6 p.m. in Newark, New Jersey
Follow live: Live stats, Live video
What to know: The two EIVA teams that have pulled off some of the biggest upsets so far this season will now meet as NJIT plays host to No. 12 Princeton in its conference opener. Setter Roque Nido, the Off the Block National Player of the Month, has guided the NJIT offense to more than a .400 attack percentage in three of the last six matches. He also had 36 assists as NJIT hit a season-high .452 in a sweep against No. 10 Purdue Fort Wayne on Jan. 23. Outside attacker Alvaro Gimeno leads the team and is sixth in the conference with a 3.16 kills per game average, including having 11 kills on a .529 attack percentage in a sweep against USC. Along with the Highlanders offense, middle attacker Luca Berger is third in the country averaging 1.52 blocks per game. Princeton returns to the East Coast following victories against No. 7/7 UCLA and CSUN last week. Outside attacker Jerod Nelson en route to being the Off the Block National Outside Attacker of the Week finished with 13 kills on a season-best .550 attack percentage in the upset of the Bruins. Nelson along with opposite and middle attacker hybrid George Huhmann are both in the conference’s top 10 averaging more than 2.75 kills per game. The Tigers are on a four-match winning streak against the Highlanders dating back to 2018.