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.
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.
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.
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.
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. Continue reading →
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.