Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association

This article is about the NCAA conference of scholarship-granting teams. For the club-level men's volleyball league, see Midwest Intercollegiate Volleyball Association.
Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association

MIVA logo
Sport Volleyball
Founded 1961
No. of teams 9
Most recent
Ohio State Buckeyes
Official website mivavolleyball.com

The Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (MIVA) is a college athletic conference whose member schools compete in men's volleyball. The conference footprint is centered in the Midwestern United States, stretching from Missouri in the west to Ohio in the east; in addition the MIVA has one member located in Arizona. Many of the conference's schools also participate in the similarly named Midwest Intercollegiate Volleyball Association in men's volleyball at the club level.

The MIVA Tournament champion receives an automatic bid to the NCAA National Collegiate Men's Volleyball Championship which consists of six teams who play single elimination to determine the National Champion. The two other major volleyball conferences, the EIVA (Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association) and the MPSF (Mountain Pacific Sports Federation) also send their league tournament champions to the tournament. Through the 2013 tournament, each of the three champions received an automatic place in the national semifinals. Starting in 2014, the tournament expanded from four to six teams, with the champion of Conference Carolinas also receiving an automatic bid; the top two seeds receive a bye into the semifinals and the remaining four teams play for places in the semifinals.


On February 4, 1961 the Midwest Intercollegiate Volleyball Conference, the nation's first men's college volleyball league, was started in Lansing, Michigan by representatives of Ball State University, Detroit Institute of Technology, Earlham College, George Williams College, Lansing College, Michigan State University, Ohio State University, and Wittenberg College. The league came about largely through the efforts of Jim Coleman of Wittenberg College and Don Shondell of Ball State University. The league name was later changed to the Midwest Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (MIVA). Over the years, more than forty schools from Divisions I, II, and III, as well as a couple pf junior colleges, have participated as members of the MIVA. The current membership is made up of five D-I (including two charter members) and four D-II institutions.[1]

Three MIVA teams have won the NCAA Men's National Collegiate Volleyball Championship, although only two are officially recognized by the NCAA. Lewis' 2003 title was later vacated by the school due to player eligibility issues, and the NCAA no longer recognizes the title. Loyola won the national championship in both 2014 and 2015, and Ohio State won the title in 2011 and 2016.[2]

Membership timeline

McKendree University Lindenwood University Grand Canyon University Central State University Milwaukee School of Engineering Carthage College University of Findlay Clarke College Mercyhurst University Loyola University Chicago Thomas More College (Kentucky) Quincy University Lewis University University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Graceland College Hardin Simmons University College of Wooster University of Notre Dame Indiana University – Purdue University Fort Wayne University of Wisconsin–Madison Wright State University Bowling Green State University Kellogg Community College Anderson University (Indiana) University of Michigan University of Cincinnati Purdue University University of Illinois at Chicago Valparaiso University Southern Illinois University Carbondale University of Toledo Indiana University Bloomington University of Louisville Indiana Institute of Technology Calvin College Lansing Community College University of Kentucky Wittenberg College Michigan State University George Williams College Earlham College Detroit Institute of Technology Ohio State University Ball State University


The MIVA comprises nine teams from the NCAA's Division I and Division II.

Institution Location Founded Affiliation Enrollment Team Nickname Primary conference Arena Capacity
Ball State University Muncie, Indiana 1918 Public 21,401 Cardinals Mid-American (D-I) John E. Worthen Arena 11,500
Grand Canyon University Phoenix, Arizona 1949 Private/for-profit Christian 25,000 Antelopes WAC (D-I) Antelope Gymnasium 2,000
IPFW Fort Wayne, Indiana 1964 Public 14,326 Mastodons Summit League (D-I) Hilliard Gates Sports Center 2,800
Lewis University Romeoville, Illinois 1932 Private/Catholic 5,800 Flyers GLVC (D-II) Neil Carey Arena 1,075
Lindenwood University Saint Charles, Missouri 1827 Private/Presbyterian 11,904 Lions MIAA (D-II) Robert F. Hyland Performance Arena 3,270
Loyola University Chicago, Illinois 1870 Private/Catholic 15,951 Ramblers MVC (D-I) Joseph J. Gentile Arena 4,486
McKendree University Lebanon, Illinois 1828 Private/Methodist 3.054 Bearcats GLVC (D-II) Harry M. Statham Sports Center 1,500
Ohio State University Columbus, Ohio 1870 Public 55,014 Buckeyes Big Ten (D-I) St. John Arena 13,276
Quincy University Quincy, Illinois 1860 Private/Catholic 1,300 Hawks GLVC (D-II) Pepsi Arena 2,000

MIVA in the NCAA tournament

Until 2014, the NCAA Men's National Collegiate Volleyball Championship was a Final Four only tournament with the champions of three conferences (EIVA, MIVA, and MPSF) receiving automatic bids and one team getting an at-large bid. In 2014, the tournament expanded to include the champion of the Division II Conference Carolinas and a second at-large team.

Year School Finish
1970 Ball State 4th
1971 Ball State 3rd
1972 Ball State 3rd
1973 Ball State 3rd
1974 Ball State 3rd
1975 Ohio State 3rd
1976 Ohio State 3rd
1977 Ohio State Runner-up
1978 Ohio State 3rd
1979 Ball State 4th
1980 Ohio State 3rd
1981 Ohio State 4th
1982 Ohio State 4th
1983 Ohio State 3rd
1984 Ball State 4th
Year School Finish
1985 Ball State 4th
1986 Ohio State 4th
1987 Ohio State 4th
1988 Ball State 3rd
1989 Ball State 4th
1990 Ball State 3rd
1991 IPFW 3rd
1992 IPFW 4th
1993 Ohio State 4th
1994 Ball State 3rd
IPFW 4th
1995 Ball State 3rd
1996 Lewis 3rd
1997 Ball State 3rd
1998 Lewis 3rd
Year School Finish
1999 IPFW 3rd
2000 Ohio State Runner-up
2001 Ohio State 3rd
2002 Ball State 3rd
2003 Lewis Champions *
2004 Lewis 3rd
2005 Ohio State 3rd
2006 IPFW 3rd
2007 IPFW Runner-up
2008 Ohio State 3rd
2009 Ohio State 3rd
2010 Ohio State 3rd
2011 Ohio State Champions
2012 Lewis 3rd
2013 Loyola Chicago 3rd
Year School Finish
2014 Loyola Chicago Champions
Lewis 5th
2015 Loyola Chicago Champions
Lewis Runner-up
2016 Ohio State Champions


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