Check out all the college men’s volleyball matches to follow today and how to follow the matches live.
No. 4/4 Penn State (2-0, 0-0 EIVA) vs. No. 6/6 Grand Canyon (2-0, 0-0 MPSF)
Match vitals: 7 p.m. in University Park, Pennsylvania
Follow live: Live stats, Live video, In-match tweets
What to know: Two of the nation’s best servers will go up against each other in a non-conference match-up between two top-10 nationally ranked teams. No. 6/6 Grand Canyon and outside attacker Camden Gianni will travel across the country to face No. 4/4 Penn State and opposite Cal Fisher. Both Gianni and Fisher were named Preseason All-Americans and ended last season in the nation’s top three averaging more than 0.60 aces per game. Fisher, the 2021 National Server of the Year, opened this season with eight aces in a two-match series sweep against No. 7/9 BYU, including having a match-high six aces in the series finale. The opposite also had a combined 15 kills on a .500 attack percentage against the defending MPSF champions. Gianni was a finalist for the 2021 National Server of the Year and had a combined four aces in Grand Canyon’s two victories against No. 14 McKendree last week. The outside attacker also had double-digit kills in both of those matches highlighted with 17 kills in a four-game win to open the series. This will be the first all-time meeting between the Nittany Lions and the Antelopes. Along with Fisher, Penn State returns all of its starters after winning the EIVA championship and winning the NCAA Tournament play-in match last season. In addition, setter Cole Bogner guided Penn State to more than a .350 attack percentage in each of team’s first two matches of this season.
Ball State (0-0, 0-0 MIVA) vs. Maryville (0-1)
Match vitals: 7 p.m. in Muncie, Indiana
Follow live: Live stats, Live video (ESPN+), In-match tweets
What to know: A new era will officially begin tonight for one of the oldest college men’s volleyball teams. Donan Cruz will make his debut as the fourth head coach for Ball State in the 58-year history of the program. Cruz coached Grand View to an undefeated season and a NAIA national championship in 2021 and then in the offseason was hired at Ball State following the retirement of former head coach Joel Walton. The Cardinals finished last season in fourth place in the MIVA and advanced to the conference tournament semifinals. Among the returning starters includes All-MIVA outside attacker Kaleb Jenness who was in the nation’s top 20 with a 3.77 kills per game average last season. The Cardinals also add Angelos Mandilaris, a three-time ConfCarolinas Offensive Player of the Year recipient, to their active roster. The opposite transferred as a graduate student from Barton to Ball State after the abridged 2020 season but did not play last year because of an injury. Maryville, a first-year NCAA Division II program from St. Louis, is playing in its program’s second match. The team in its inaugural match was held to a negative-.018 attack percentage as it lost in three games to No. 9/8 Lewis on Tuesday.