Check out all the matches today involving NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball teams and how to follow them live.
No. 2/3 BYU (12-2, 8-2 MPSF) vs. No. 12 CSUN (10-5, 5-5 MPSF)
Match vitals: 7 p.m. in Provo, Utah
Follow live: Live stats, Online video, In-match tweets, TV (BYUtv)
What to know: All-American opposite Ben Patch and No. 2/3 BYU being back at Smith Fieldhouse only makes this series opener that more difficult for No. 12 CSUN. Patch has double-digit kills, including three matches with at least 20 kills, and more than a .300 attack percentage in all five home matches he has played in this season. The sophomore also enters this two-match series leading the MPSF and in the nation’s top 10 with a 4.32 kills per game average. BYU went undefeated during its recent four-match road trip to extend its winning streak to eight matches. The Cougars have swept every match during the winning streak. In addition, BYU has not lost to CSUN since 2011 and has not dropped a home match to the Matadors since 2010. CSUN upset then-No. 11 UC Irvine last week to move into sixth place in the MPSF. Freshman outside attacker Dimitar Kalchev in that victory had a season-high six aces and is among the national leaders with 35 aces. In addition, outside attacker Jakub Ciesla leads the Matadors and is sixth in the conference with a 3.76 kills per game average. BYU is in fourth place in the MPSF and with a victory against CSUN can move within a match of first place.
No. 1/1 Long Beach State (14-2, 11-2 MPSF) vs. No. 7/7 Hawai’i (10-6, 5-6 MPSF)
Match vitals: 7 p.m. in Honolulu
Follow live: Live stats, Online video, Radio feed, In-match tweets
What to know: Two of the top offensive freshmen in the nation will face each other for the second time in three days as No. 1/1 Long Beach State and No. 7/7 Hawai’i concluded their two-match series. Freshman outside attacker TJ DeFalco had a team-high 17 kills on a .343 attack percentage and four aces to help the 49ers defeat the Rainbow Warriors in four games in the series opener. He also added 10 digs and a season-high seven blocks in the road victory that kept the 49ers in first place. DeFalco entered this series second in the conference with a 4.32 kills per game average and has double-digit kills in all but two matches this season. Hawai’i freshman outside attacker Stijn van Tilburg in the loss finished with a team-high 17 kills and hit .324. In addition, van Tilburg was the only Rainbow Warrior to have more than six kills against the 49ers. The freshman also began the week seventh in the conference averaging 3.53 kills per game. With this loss, Hawai’i dropped to eighth place in the MPSF and has a two-and-half match lead ahead of ninth-place No. 13 UC Irvine for the final berth to the MPSF Tournament. Long Beach State is tied for first place in the MPSF and is on a conference-best eight-match winning streak.
Harvard (6-5, 3-1 EIVA) vs. Princeton (2-7, 2-2 EIVA)
Match vitals: 7 p.m. in Princeton, New Jersey
Follow live: Live stats, In-match tweets
What to know: Forget about the records. The Harvard and Princeton rivalry has become so big it even has its own trophy. The only two Ivy League schools with men’s volleyball programs in the EIVA will meet each other for the first time this season with the Ivy League Trophy on the line. Harvard enters this rivalry on a three-match winning streak and in second place in the EIVA. In addition, the Crimson are second in the conference with a 2.29 blocks per game average. Middle attackers Riley Moore and Trevor Dow are also both ARE in the top five of the EIVA for blocks per game average. Princeton outside attacker Devin Stearns is third in the conference averaging 3.89 kills per game. However, the senior was held to nine kills and a season-low .080 attack percentage in the team’s loss to No. 6/5 Penn State last week. The Tigers are on a three-match losing streak but two of those losses have been against top-10 nationally ranked teams.
Sacred Heart (3-8, 3-1 EIVA) vs. NJIT (0-10, 0-2 EIVA)
Match vitals: 7 p.m. in Newark, New Jersey
Follow live: Live stats
Coker (6-5) vs. Belmont Abbey (8-4, 5-4 CC)
Match vitals: 7 p.m. in Belmont, North Carolina
Follow live: Online video
Holy Names (1-12) vs. UC Santa Cruz (12-4)
Match vitals: 7 p.m. in Oakland, California
Follow live: Live stats