Inside the Numbers: Projected winners for marquee matches this weekend

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Check out the winner projections for the marquee matches this weekend via the VBelo Rating Model.

[Editor’s note: The VBelo is the only elo model in college men’s volleyball and makes projections based on a variety of data. T.J. Breshears, a contributor to Off the Block, created the VBelo.]

ConfCarolinas leading North Greenville will travel to Charlotte to take on the Queens in a tough non-conference match. The Royals are 1-5 all-time against the Crusaders, but that one win came at home.


Penn State will look to show everyone why it earned a No. 1 ranking in the Off the Block National Media Poll. The Nittany Lions are heavy favorites against the Tigers, but Princeton upset UC Santa Barbara early this season.

The MIVA is the conference to watch this weekend. Lewis beat McKendree on Thursday, but McKendree could pull yet another upset when the series moves to its home court.

Loyola’s strong start to conference play has it tied for first in the MIVA. It will be a very tight match for the Ramblers on the road.