Check out all the college men’s volleyball matches to follow today and how to follow the matches live.
No. 5/5 UC Irvine (7-4, 0-0 Big West) vs. No. 14 UC San Diego (10-3, 0-0 Big West)
Match vitals: 7 p.m. in Irvine, California
Follow live: Live stats, Live video, In-match tweets
What to know: Season three of Big West men’s volleyball will get underway with No. 14 UC San Diego attempting to put an end to its infamous conference streak. UC San Diego has won seven of its last eight matches but enters this conference opener against No. 5/5 UC Irvine still trying for the program’s first conference victory since joining the Big West in 2018. The Tritons are on a 27-match losing streak in conference play dating back to 2017 when it was in the MPSF and have not defeated the Anteaters since 2011. However, outside attacker Kyle McCauley is 15th in the nation with a 3.87 kills per game average, including having 13 kills in an upset sweep against No. 8/8 UCLA earlier this season. Outside attacker Wyatt Harrison is in the nation’s top 25 averaging 3.45 kills per game and had 17 kills in a victory against USC last week. UC Irvine returns home to open conference play after losing to No. 1/1 Hawai’i at the Outrigger Invitational last week to snap a four-match winning streak. All-American middle attacker Scott Stadick leads the nation with a 2.16 blocks per game average and had a season-high 11 blocks in the loss to the Rainbow Warriors. Stadick also has double-digit kills in four matches this season to go along with his .343 attack percentage.
No. 6/6 Lewis (8-4, 1-1 MIVA) vs. Ball State (8-3, 1-0 MIVA)
Match vitals: 7 p.m. in Muncie, Indiana
Follow live: Live stats, Live video (ESPN3), In-match tweets
What to know: No. 6/6 Lewis will return to the site of its only conference loss last season as it travels to Ball State. The MIVA preseason favorites Lewis are currently a half-match behind Ball State in the conference standings because of a loss to McKendree in its conference opener last week. The team, though, rebounded from the upset and swept No. 14 Ohio State on Thursday in Columbus, Ohio. Middle attacker Tyler Mitchem in the victory finished with 13 kills and zero errors on .684 attack percentage, while outside attacker Ryan Coenen contributed a match-high 15 kills and hit .542. Mitchem is second in the nation with a .503 attack percentage and has double-digit kills in four of the last five matches. Coenen along with coming off of one of his most offensively efficient matches this season is in the nation’s top 20 averaging 3.80 kills per game. He also had a match-high 23 kills in the road loss to Ball State last season. Ball State defeated McKendree in four games on Thursday to open conference play and extend its winning streak to five matches. Outside attacker Kaleb Jenness finished with 21 kills and added a season-high eight digs in the victory against McKendree. This was the third time Jenness had at least 20 kills, and he is 11th in the country with a 3.97 kills per game average.
Penn State-Altoona (5-5) vs. Daemen (7-5)
Match vitals: 1 p.m. in Aurora, New York
Follow live: N/A