Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association

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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
Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association logo.jpg
MIVA logo
Sport Volleyball
Founded 1961
No. of teams 9
Most recent champion(s) Loyola Ramblers
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]

Membership timeline[edit]

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
Ball State University Muncie, Indiana 1918 Public 21,401 Cardinals Mid-American (D-I)
Grand Canyon University Phoenix, Arizona 1949 Private/for-profit Christian 25,000 Antelopes WAC (D-I)
IPFW Fort Wayne, Indiana 1964 Public 14,326 Mastodons Summit League (D-I)
Lewis University Romeoville, Illinois 1932 Private/Catholic 5,800 Flyers GLVC (D-II)
Lindenwood University Saint Charles, Missouri 1827 Private/Presbyterian 11,904 Lions MIAA (D-II)
Loyola University Chicago, Illinois 1870 Private/Catholic 15,951 Ramblers MVC (D-I)
McKendree University Lebanon, Illinois 1828 Private/Methodist 3.054 Bearcats GLVC (D-II)
Ohio State University Columbus, Ohio 1870 Public 55,014 Buckeyes Big Ten (D-I)
Quincy University Quincy, Illinois 1860 Private/Catholic 1,169 Hawks GLVC (D-II)

Conference arenas[edit]

School Facility Capacity
Ball State John E. Worthen Arena 11,500
Grand Canyon Antelope Gymnasium 2,000
IPFW Hilliard Gates Sports Center 2,800
Lewis Neil Carey Arena 1,075
Lindenwood Robert F. Hyland Performance Arena 3,270
Loyola-Chicago Joseph J. Gentile Arena 4,486
McKendree Harry M. Statham Sports Center 1,500
Ohio State St. John Arena 13,276
Quincy Pepsi Arena 2,000


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