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On February 4, 1961 representatives of Ball State University, Detroit Institute of Technology, Earlham College, George Williams College, Lancing College, Michigan State University, Ohio State University and Wittenberg College met in Lansing, Mich. to form the Midwest Intercollegiate Volleyball Conference, the nation's first men's college volleyball league. The league started through the efforts of Jim Coleman of Wittenberg College and Don Shondell of Ball State University. Later the league name was changed to the Midwest Intercollegiate Volleyball Association. The Midwest's premier volleyball conference has provided the foundation for the sport in the region at every competitive level, from juniors to the United States national teams. More than forty schools have participated in the MIVA during its history.