Top 5 men’s volleyball matches to follow tonight
Multiple conference titles could be clinched tonight.
No. 1 USC, No. 9 Penn State and Mount Olive can all clinch conference regular season title with victories today. Along with these teams, No. 6 Ohio State has a chance to become the first time in more than 10 years to finish the MIVA undefeated.
Check out the top five men’s volleyball matches to follow tonight.
1. USC (17-1, 16-1 MPSF) vs. Pacific (10-16, 4-14 MPSF)
Match vitals: 7 p.m. in Stockton, Calif.
Follow live: Gametracker, Radio feed
What to know: With a win tonight, USC will clinch its first MPSF regular season title since 2000. The Trojans clinched the top seed in the MPSF Tournament and at least a share of the conference regular season title with its four-game victory against Stanford on Friday. USC has been No. 1 in the rankings since the preseason and is the only team in the nation with less than four losses. Pacific is tied for last place in the MPSF and to Pepperdine in five games Friday.
2. No. 6 Ohio State (18-4, 11-0 MIVA) vs. Lewis (16-9, 4-4 MIVA)
Match vitals: 7 p.m. in Romeoville, Ill.
Follow live: Live stats, Pay-per-view online video
What to know: Ohio State tied the 50-year conference record Friday winning its fifth consecutive MIVA regular season title and now it has a chance to achieve another MIVA milestone. If Ohio State defeats Lewis tonight in its final regular season conference match it will become the first team in 13 years to finish the MIVA undefeated. The Flyers have lost three of their last four matches and barely defeated last-place Quincy in five games on Thursday.
3. No. 9 Penn State (19-5, 9-0 EIVA) vs. George Mason (14-8, 6-1 EIVA)
Match vitals: 7 p.m. in University Park, Pa.
Follow live: Gametracker, In-match Tweets
What to know: All Penn State needs to do is win one game from George Mason to clinch the EIVA regular season championship and home court advantage throughout the conference tournament. In addition, the Nittany Lions can finish for the third consecutive season with an undefeated EIVA Tait Division record with a win against the second-place Patriots. George Mason was swept in its first match against Penn State in February and is a four-match road losing streak.
3. No. 3 Stanford (16-7, 12-6 MPSF) vs. Pepperdine (9-12, 5-12 MPSF)
Match vitals: 7 p.m. in Stanford, Calif.
Follow live: Gametracker, Radio feed, Pay-per-view online video
What to know: Stanford moved behind No. 2 BYU to third place in the MPSF standings after it lost at home to No. 1 USC in four games Friday. The Cardinal has lost its last two conference matches following a five-match winning streak. In that winning streak, though, Stanford swept Pepperdine. Pepperdine is undefeated, 1-0, since its athletics department announced Thursday the team would be ineligible for the postseason because of NCAA violations involving improperly administrating financial aid to student athletes.
5. Lees-McRae (15-8, 4-1 Conference Carolinas) vs. Mount Olive (18-6, 6-0 Conference Carolinas)
Match vitals: 3 p.m. in Mount Olive, N.C.
Follow live: Live stats Online video
What to know: The Conference Carolinas regular season title and home court in the conference tournament could be decided tonight. First-place Mount Olive is undefeated in conference play, including a road sweep against Lees-McRae in early February. Mount has also won five of its last six matches and could clinch the conference title for the second straight year with a this afternoon. Lees-McRae is in second place with its lone conference loss coming against Mount Olive. Lees-McRae upset Ball State last week and almost upset No. 9 Penn State on the road earlier this season.
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No. 10 Hawai’i (13-11, 11-8 MPSF) vs. Cal State Northridge (6-19, 4-14 MPSF)
Match vitals: 7 p.m. in Honolulu
Follow live: Live stats, Radio feed
What to know: After defeating the Matadors in four games Friday, Hawai’i and Cal State Northridge will conclude their two-match series tonight. Outside attacker Jonas Umlauft had a match-high 28 kills in the victory. This was the second consecutive match Umlauft finished with 28 kills and has a combined 118 kills in the Warriors’ last five matches. Cal State Northridge is on a four match losing streak and will be officially eliminated from postseason contention with another loss.