Top 5 college men’s volleyball matches to follow tonight

It’s a light slate of matches but they have plenty of intrigue and importance with only a few weeks remaining in the regular season.

No. 2 Long Beach State will travel to play No. 7 USC in the marquee match of the night and the only match featuring two top 10 ranked teams. In addition out in the Midwest, No. 10 Lewis will play host to Penn State in their annual non-conference meeting.

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Video: USC coach, players react to sweep against Cal State Northridge

Coach Bill Ferguson didn’t have to worry about his team’s overlooking Cal State Northridge with looming match against No. 2 Long Beach State.

Ferguson said following No. 7 USC’s sweep against Cal State Northridge on Friday that the Trojans have started to tighten their play on the court and increased their focus heading into the final weeks of the regular season.

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Penn State, Goodell too much for Cal State Northridge in sweep

Outside attacker Nick Goodell continued to put up big offensive numbers and Penn State picked up a big non-conference victory on the West Coast.

Goodell had a match-high 15 kills and 11 digs as Penn State swept Cal State Northridge 25-17, 25-23, 25-20 on Friday in Long Beach, Calif., to open the Active Ankle Tournament.

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Top 5 college men’s volleyball matches to follow tonight

Postseason implications are in full effect tonight.

No. 3 BYU and No. 8 UC Irvine will meet in a rematch of the 2013 NCAA finals that could have significant ramifications in the MPSF standings. In addition, No. 4 UC Santa Barbara will play No. 5 Pepperdine with both teams eye a potential at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament.

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Top 5 college men’s volleyball matches to follow tonight

Don’t let the lack match-ups between top 10 nationally ranked teams fool anyone, this is a big night in college men’s volleyball.

First-place in the EIVA will be on the line as Princeton and Harvard renew their rivalry in a critical conference match. In addition, out in the West Coast No. 2 BYU, No. 4 UCLA and No. 5 Pepperdine will each attempt to bounce back from conference losses earlier this week.

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Top 5 college men’s volleyball matches to follow tonight

It’s a smaller than usual slate of matches for a Saturday night, but there is still plenty of intrigue with several matches.

No. 3 Pepperdine days after knocking off No. 1 UCLA will now take on No. 8 UC Santa Barbara, which is coming off an emotional five-game loss to No. 6 USC. In addition, Ball State and Princeton will play each other in a critical non-conference match for both teams.
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Top 5 college men’s volleyball matches to follow tonight

Conference play begins tonight for several teams eyeing a conference title and trip to the NCAA Tournament this season.

No. 1 Loyola will attempt to remain atop the national rankings as it plays host to Ohio State in its MIVA opener. In addition, out in the West Coast the MPSF season continues with a marquee match-up between No. 3 BYU and No. 6 USC.

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