Check out all the college men’s volleyball matches to follow today and how to follow the matches live.
MIVA Tournament semifinal matches
No. 1 seed Ball State (21-3, 12-2 MIVA) vs. No. 4 seed Lewis (16-11, 7-7 MIVA)
Match vitals: 7 p.m. in Muncie, Indiana
Follow live: Live video (ESPN3), Live stats, In-match tweets
What to know: It’s been a long time since Ball State has reached the MIVA Tournament finals. It’s been even longer since the Cardinals have played a conference tournament semifinals or finals match on their home court. The MIVA regular season champions Ball State will attempt to make the conference finals for the first time in 13 years as it plays host to defending MIVA Tournament champions Lewis. This is the first time since last winning the MIVA Tournament since 2002 that the Cardinals will have a postseason match beyond the quarterfinals played at Worthen Arena. Ball State is 12-1 at home this season, including a sweep against Lewis in its regular season home finale earlier this month. The Cardinals in that victory limited the Flyers to a .143 attack percentage and won without outside attacker Kaleb Jenness playing in the match. Jenness, the MIVA Player of the Year, is second in the nation with a 4.72 kills per game average and is hitting a career-best .394. The outside attacker also had 16 kills on a .625 attack percentage to help Ball State sweep Quincy in the MIVA Tournament quarterfinals. Lewis rallied from a two-game deficit to beat Ohio State in five games in its MIVA Tournament quarterfinal match. All-MIVA middle attacker Tyler Mitchem finished with a match-high six blocks against the Buckeyes. Mitchem is in the nation’s top 10 with both a 1.33 blocks per game average and a .444 attack percentage.
No. 2 seed Loyola (18-8, 11-3 MIVA) vs. No. 6 seed Purdue Fort Wayne (16-12 ,6-8 MIVA)
Match vitals: 7 p.m. in Chicago, Illnois
Follow live: Live video (ESPN+), Live stats, In-match tweets
What to know: Purdue Fort Wayne has a chance to become the lowest seeded during the rally scoring era to advance to the MIVA Tournament finals. It will have to overcome a lot of recent history to achieve the feat as it travels to face Loyola in the semifinals. The Mastodons have not defeated the Ramblers in the postseason since 2007 – when they made their last MIVA Tournament finals appearance. Loyola also swept the regular season series this year with outside attacker Parker Van Buren having a combined 37 kills and hitting .414 in the two victories. Van Buren was named the MIVA Freshman of the Year and is fourth in the nation with a 4.33 kills per game average. Purdue Fort Wayne advanced to the semifinals after upsetting the No. 3 seed McKendree in the quarterfinals. Outside attacker Vicente Ibarra led the Mastodons with 18 kills on a season-high .517 attack percentage against the Bearcats. However, Loyola limited Ibarra to six kills and a zero attack percentage in their last meeting. Purdue Fort Wayne outside attacker Jon Diedrich is also in the nation’s top 15 with a 3.96 kills per game average and had a team-high 18 kills in the quarterfinals win.