Top 5 men’s volleyball matches to follow tonight

It’s all about the rematch and the repeat tonight in college men’s volleyball.

Lewis will attempt to pull off another upset against No. 2 BYU after the Flyers shocked the Cougars in their series opener Friday. In addition, UCLA plays Hawai’i in Outrigger Invitation with a chance to three-peat as tournament champions.

Check out the top five men’s volleyball matches from around the nation to follow this weekend.


1. No. 2 BYU (2-1, 2-0 MPSF) vs. Lewis (1-3, 0-0 MIVA)
Match vitals:
7 p.m. in Provo, Utah
Follow live: Live stats, Online video, In-match Tweets
What to know: Less than 24 hours after Lewis rallied from a two-deficit to upset BYU, the two teams will meet again to conclude their two-match non-conference series. The Flyers snapped their season opening three-match losing streak and became the team in eight years to beat the Cougars at Smith Fieldhouse in non-conference play. Outside attacker Geoff Powell in the victory led all players with a career-high 24 kills and a .767 attack percentage. The Flyers also won despite All-American outside attacker Jay Petty finishing with six kills and a negative attack percentage. BYU freshman outside attacker Ben Patch had a team-high 16 kills, while All-American outside attacker Taylor Sander added 14 kills. However, Sander in the loss had 10 attack errors — only the second time in his college career he had double-digit attack errors in a match.

2. No. 5 UCLA (5-1, 1-0 MPSF) vs. Hawai’i (0-4, 0-2 MPSF)
Match vitals:
7 p.m. in Honolulu
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What to know: All the trends point for this match to go five games. All six of UCLA’s matches to open the season have gone to a decisive fifth game. In addition, every match through the first two days of the Outrigger Invitational went five games. The Bruins enter their final match of the Outrigger Invitational already having clinched a share of the tournament championship. UCLA despite resting a couple starters defeated Ohio State on Friday for its second tournament victory. The Bruins can clinch the out-right title and their third consecutive Outrigger Invitational championship if they beat the Warriors. Hawai’i on Friday for the second consecutive day blew a one-game lead — losing to Penn State in five games to remain winless. Outside attacker Sinisa Zarkovic in the loss had a match-high 18 kills. If Hawai’i loses to UCLA it would be the second time in the last three years that the Warriors finished their home tournament winless.

3. No. 4 Pepperdine (0-1, 0-1 MPSF) vs. UC San Diego (2-2, 1-0 MPSF)
Match vitals:
1 p.m. in San Diego
Follow live: Live stats, Pay-per-view online video
What to know: After starting the season unranked, UC San Diego will attempt to get its third victory in a nine-day span against a top 10 nationally ranked team. UC San Diego will play host to Pepperdine following its three-game upset victory against No. 6 USC on Thursday. Outside attacker Carl Eberts leads the Tritons with a 3.44 kills per game average, including a match-high 16 kills against USC. Eberts also had a team-high 16 kills in UC San Diego’s season opening victory against then-No. 5 Lewis last week. Pepperdine enters this conference match after losing to UC Irvine in its season opener earlier this week. The Waves in the loss were out-hit .405 to .213.

4. No. 8 Penn State (1-1, 0-0 EIVA) vs. No. 10 Ohio State (2-1, 0-0 EIVA)
Match vitals:
4 p.m. in Honolulu
Follow live: Live stats, In-match Tweets
What to know: The Big Ten brothers will take their rivalry to the islands as Ohio State and Penn State close out the Outrigger Invitational against each other. Both teams enter this match after defeating Hawai’i in five games and losing to UCLA in five games. Middle attacker Aaron Russell leads the Nittany Lions with a combined 29 kills in the non-conference tournament, including a team-high 17 kills in the victory against the Warriors. The Buckeyes have out-blocked their opponents in both their tournament matches. In addition, Ohio State middle attacker Grayson Overman has a tournament-high 12 blocks.

5. No. 3 Stanford (3-0, 0-0 MPSF) vs. Pacific (1-0, 0-0 MPSF)
Match vitals:
7 p.m. in Palo Alto, Calif.
Follow live: Gametracker, Radio feed, In-match Tweets
What to know: Stanford remains the only top-four nationally ranked team yet to lose this week and could be in line for a No. 1 ranking in upcoming polls if it can win its conference opener against Pacific. Stanford concluded non-conference play undefeated with a sweep against UC Santa Cruz on Friday. The Cardinal in all three of its matches so far this season has more than a .300 attack percentage. Pacific starts its MPSF season after sweeping George Mason in its season opener last week. Outside attacker Taylor Hughes had a match-high 16 kills in the victory. The Tigers are also on a nine-match losing streak against the Cardinal dating back to 2008.

St. Francis (1-1, 0-0 EIVA) vs. Ball State (0-0, 0-0 MIVA)
Match vitals:
7:30 p.m. in Muncie, Ind.
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What to know: Ball State for the second consecutive year will open its season against St. Francis as the two teams meet in non-conference play. The Cardinals last season lost to the Red Flashes in their season opener before beating them the following week at home. St. Francis enters this match after defeating IPFW in four games Friday for its first win of the season.

3 Replies to “Top 5 men’s volleyball matches to follow tonight”

  1. Took a glance at Lewis’ schedule…this 2-night series with BYU constitutes BYU’s only non-conference play of the regular season, but Lewis actually have a total of 9 non-conference matches. They don’t even begin conference play until February 1. Sure the MPSF is bigger, meaning a longer round-robin, but that’s quite a disparity between the two. Is there a reason for it?

    1. MPSF has 13 teams compared to the MIVA that has eight teams. Both teams play double round-robin in conference play — hence the reason for the MIVA having more conference matches. It’s a big issue in the game right now.

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