Check out all the matches today involving NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball teams and how to follow them live.
No. 7/7 Lewis (19-6, 10-3 MIVA) vs. No. 10/9 Loyola (14-8, 7-4 MIVA)
Match vitals: 7 p.m. in Romeoville, Illinois
Follow live: Live stats, Online video, In-match tweets
What to know: One of the best college men’s volleyball rivalries in recent years will be renewed with both No. 7/7 Lewis and No. 10/9 Loyola battling to earn a postseason home match. The Flyers enter this home rivalry match in second place in the MIVA and needing one more win to clinch home court advantage for the conference tournament quarterfinals. In addition, the Ramblers are in fourth place in the MIVA and need to win three of their five remaining conference matches to be assured home court in opening round of the MIVA Tournament. This match will also feature two of the top blocking teams in the nation. Loyola leads MIVA and is third in the nation with a 2.61 blocks per game average, while Lewis is fifth in the nation averaging 2.54 blocks per game. However, the Flyers out-blocked the Ramblers 12.5 to 6 in a five-game road victory in February. Middle attacker Jacob Schmiegelt was one of three Flyers with at least four blocks in the conference victory. Schmiegelt has a conference-best 104 blocks and in the nation’s top 15 averaging 1.03 block per game average. Lewis on offense also has the second-best attack percentage in the MIVA at .311 — one of the nine teams in the nation hitting more than .300. Freshman outside attacker Ryan Coenen is among the MIVA leaders with a 3.11 kills per game average and has at least 15 kills in each of the Flyers’ last three matches versus nationally ranked teams. Coenen also had 13 kills on a .417 attack percentage in the previous meeting against the Ramblers. Loyola All-American middle attacker Jeff Jendryk is in the nation’s top 10 with both a .447 attack percentage and a 1.23 blocks per game average. The 2016 Ryan Millar Award finalist has at least five blocks in every match during the Ramblers’ current three-match winning streak. Jendryk also finished with a season-high 12 kills and zero attack errors on a .632 attack percentage in the last meeting against Lewis. Besides Jendryk, opposite Ben Plaisted has double-digit kills in the last 12 matches, including a match-high 16 kills while hitting .400 in a four-game victory versus No. 13 Penn State on Saturday.