Consider tonight to be the appetizer for the men’s volleyball postseason.
IPFW and Lewis open the postseason as the lone conference tournament match scheduled tonight. The rest the EIVA, MIVA, and MPSF Tournament quarterfinal matches will be played Saturday.
Check out the conference tournament matches to follow tonight.
MIVA Tournament quarterfinals
No. 4 seed Lewis (19-10, 7-5 MIVA) vs. No. 5 seed IPFW (16-11, 5-7 MIVA)
Match vitals: 8 p.m. in Romeoville, Ill.
Follow live: Live stats, Online video
Season series: Tied 1-1 (Lewis won in four games in February and IPFW won in four games in April)
What to know: Two First-Team All-MIVA outside attackers will go up against each other in this elimination match. IPFW’s Darryl Shank is in the nation’s top 10 with a 4.02 kills per game average, while Jay Petty led Lewis with a 3.84 kills per game average. The last time these two teams met Petty had a match-high 19 kills and Shank had a team-high 18 kills as the Mastodons won in four games. This will also be the first time since Lewis returned from their NCAA postseason ban five years ago that it will play IPFW in the MIVA Tournament.