Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association

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. Many of the conference's schools also participate in the similarly named Midwest Intercollegiate Volleyball Association in men's volleyball at the club level.

Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association
Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association logo.svg
MIVA logo
SportNCAA Men's Volleyball
Division I & Division II
No. of teams8
Most recent
Lewis Flyers
Official websitemivavolleyball.com

The MIVA Tournament champion receives an automatic bid to the NCAA National Collegiate Men's Volleyball Championship, which now consists of seven teams playing in a single-elimination format to determine the national champion. The two other pre-2017 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, as do Conference Carolinas (since the 2014 season) and the Big West Conference (from the 2018 season forward).


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 of junior colleges, have participated as members of the MIVA. The current membership is made up of four D-I (including two charter members) and four D-II institutions.[1]

Three MIVA teams have won the NCAA National Collegiate Men's 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, 2016, and 2017.[2]

Membership timelineEdit

McKendree UniversityLindenwood UniversityGrand Canyon UniversityCentral State UniversityMilwaukee School of EngineeringCarthage CollegeUniversity of FindlayClarke CollegeMercyhurst UniversityLoyola University ChicagoThomas More College (Kentucky)Quincy UniversityLewis UniversityUniversity of Wisconsin-MilwaukeeGraceland CollegeHardin–Simmons UniversityCollege of WoosterUniversity of Notre DamePurdue University Fort WayneUniversity of Wisconsin–MadisonWright State UniversityBowling Green State UniversityKellogg Community CollegeAnderson University (Indiana)University of MichiganUniversity of CincinnatiPurdue UniversityUniversity of Illinois at ChicagoValparaiso UniversitySouthern Illinois University CarbondaleUniversity of ToledoIndiana University BloomingtonUniversity of LouisvilleIndiana Institute of TechnologyCalvin CollegeLansing Community CollegeUniversity of KentuckyWittenberg CollegeMichigan State UniversityGeorge Williams CollegeEarlham CollegeDetroit Institute of TechnologyOhio State UniversityBall State University


The MIVA comprises eight 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
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 GLVC (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) Covelli Center 3,700
Purdue University Fort Wayne Fort Wayne, Indiana 1964[a] Public 10,208 Mastodons Horizon League (D-I) Hilliard Gates Sports Center 2,800
Quincy University Quincy, Illinois 1860 Private/Catholic 1,300 Hawks GLVC (D-II) Pepsi Arena 2,000
  1. ^ Purdue Fort Wayne began operating as a standalone institution in 2018, but inherited its athletic program from Indiana University – Purdue University Fort Wayne, established in 1964.

The most recent change in MIVA membership was in 2017, when Grand Canyon left the MIVA for the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation.[3]

One current MIVA member changed its institutional and athletic identity after the 2018 men's volleyball season. Indiana University – Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW), a joint venture between the Indiana University and Purdue University systems, was dissolved at the end of the 2017–18 school year. IPFW's academic programs in health sciences now operate as Indiana University Fort Wayne, and all other academic programs transferred to Purdue as Purdue University Fort Wayne (PFW). The athletic program was inherited solely by PFW. Shortly before the split took effect, PFW announced that the athletic program, previously known as the Fort Wayne Mastodons, would become the Purdue Fort Wayne Mastodons.[4]

Former membersEdit

Affiliations reflect those for men's volleyball, and are current for the next NCAA men's volleyball season in 2021 (2020–21 school year).

Institution Location Founded Joined Left Type Enrollment Nickname Current Conference
Detroit Institute of Technology Detroit, Michigan 1891 1961 1962 Private/YMCA Closed No Program
Earlham College Richmond, Indiana 1847 1961 1985 Private/Quakers 1,019 Quakers No Program
George Williams College Downers Grove, Illinois 1890 1961 1985 Private/YMCA Closed No Program
Michigan State University East Lansing, Michigan 1855 1961
Public 50,351 Spartans No Program
Wittenberg University Springfield, Ohio 1845 1961 1962 Private/Lutheran (ELCA) 1,738 Tigers MCVL (NCAA D-III)
University of Kentucky Lexington, Kentucky 1865 1962 1968 Public 29,182 Wildcats No Program
Lansing Community College Lansing, Michigan 1957 1962 1963 Community college 18,551 Stars No Program
Calvin University Grand Rapids, Michigan 1876 1962
Private/CRC 3,570 Knights No Program
Indiana Institute of Technology Fort Wayne, Indiana 1930 1962 1973 Private 9,652 Warriors WHAC (NAIA)
University of Louisville Louisville, Kentucky 1798 1965 1965 Public 21,430 Cardinals No Program
Indiana University Bloomington, Indiana 1820 1965
Public 43,710 Hoosiers No Program
University of Toledo Toledo, Ohio 1872 1965
Public 23,085 Rockets No Program
Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Illinois 1869 1966 1966 Public 11,695 Salukis No Program
Valparaiso University Valparaiso, Indiana 1859 1967 1968 Private/Lutheran (ELCA) 4,500 Crusaders No Program
University of Illinois at Chicago Chicago, Illinois 1946 1967 1970 Public 33,390 Flames No Program
Purdue University West Lafayette, Indiana 1869 1969
Public 43,411 Boilermakers No Program
University of Cincinnati Cincinnati, Ohio 1819 1969
Public 46,388 Bearcats No Program
University of Michigan Ann Arbor, Michigan 1817 1970
Public 46,002 Wolverines No Program
Anderson University Anderson, Indiana 1917 1970 1970 Private/Nonsectarian 1,877 Ravens No Program
Kellogg Community College Battle Creek, Michigan 1956 1970 1985 Community college 8,400 Bruins No Program
Bowling Green State University Bowling Green, Ohio 1910 1971 1985 Public 20,395 Falcons No Program
Wright State University Fairborn, Ohio 1967 1978 1979 Public 13,520 Raiders No Program
University of Wisconsin–Madison Madison, Wisconsin 1848 1979 1980 Public 44,413 Badgers No Program
University of Notre Dame Notre Dame, Indiana 1842 1983 1988 Private/Catholic 12,292 Fighting Irish No Program
College of Wooster Wooster, Ohio 1866 1984 1984 Private/Presbyterian (PCUSA) 2,000 Fighting Scots No Program
Hardin–Simmons University Abilene, Texas 1891 1986 1986 Private/Baptist 2,392 Cowboys No Program
Graceland University Lamoni, Iowa 1895 1987 1990 Private/Community of Christ 2,222 Yellowjackets HAAC (NAIA)
University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee Milwaukee, Wisconsin 1956 1991 1997 Public 26,037 Panthers No Program
Thomas More University Crestview Hills, Kentucky 1921 1995 1997 Private/Catholic 1,963 Saints Mid-South (NAIA)
Mercyhurst University Erie, Pennsylvania 1926 1997 2008 Private/Catholic 2,759 Lakers No Program
Clarke University Dubuque, Iowa 1843 1998 2007 Private/Catholic 1,200 Pride HAAC (NAIA)
University of Findlay Findlay, Ohio 1882 2001 2005 Private/Churches of God 3,700 Oilers No Program
Carthage College Kenosha, Wisconsin 1847 2005 2007 Private/Lutheran (ELCA) 2,800 Red Men CCIW (NCAA D-III)
Milwaukee School of Engineering Milwaukee, Wisconsin 1903 2005 2007 Private/Nonsectarian 2,820 Raiders NACC (NCAA D-III)
Central State University Wilberforce, Ohio 1887 2006 2007 Public 2,119 Marauders SIAC (NCAA D-II)
Grand Canyon University Phoenix, Arizona 1949 2010 2017 For-profit 20,500 Antelopes MPSF

MIVA ChampionsEdit

Year Regular Season Tournament
1961 George Williams No Tournament
1962 George Williams
1963 George Williams
1964 Ball State Ball State
1965 Ball State Ball State
1966 Ball State Ball State
1967 Ball State Ball State
1968 Ball State Ball State
1969 Ohio State Ohio State
1970 Ball State No Tournament
1971 Ball State
1972 Ohio State
1973 Ball State
1974 Ball State / Ohio State
1975 Ball State / Ohio State
1976 Ball State
1977 Ohio State
1978 Ohio State
1979 Ball State
1980 Kellogg CC Kellogg CC
1981 Ohio State Ohio State
1982 Ohio State Ohio State
1983 Ohio State Ohio State
1984 Ball State Ball State
1985 Ball State Ball State
1986 Ohio State Ohio State
1987 Ohio State Ohio State
1988 Ball State Ball State
1989 Ball State Ball State
Year Regular Season Tournament
1990 Ball State / IPFW Ball State
1993 IPFW / Ohio State Ohio State
1994 IPFW Ball State
1995 Ball State / Ohio State Ball State
1996 Ball State / Lewis / Ohio State Lewis
1997 Ball State Ball State
1998 Ohio State Lewis
1999 IPFW / Ohio State IPFW
2000 Ohio State Ohio State
2001 Lewis* Ohio State
2002 Ball State / Loyola Chicago Ball State
2003 Lewis* Lewis*
2004 Ohio State Lewis
2005 Loyola Chicago Ohio State
2006 Loyola Chicago IPFW
2007 Ohio State IPFW
2008 Ohio State Ohio State
2009 Ohio State Ohio State
2010 Ohio State Ohio State
2011 Ohio State Ohio State
2012 Lewis / Ohio State Lewis
2013 Lewis / Loyola Chicago Loyola Chicago
2014 Loyola Chicago Loyola Chicago
2015 Lewis Loyola Chicago
2016 Ohio State Ohio State
2017 Ohio State Ohio State
2018 Loyola Chicago / Ohio State Ohio State
2019 Lewis Lewis


Total School Reg. Tourney Last
44 Ohio State 27 17 2018
35 Ball State 21 14 2002
11 Purdue Fort Wayne 6 5 2007
10 Lewis 5 5 2019
9 Loyola Chicago 6 3 2018
3 George Williams 3 0 1963
2 Kellogg CC 1 1 1980

MIVA in the NCAA tournamentEdit

Until 2014, the NCAA National Collegiate Men's 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. The tournament expanded to seven teams for 2018 with the addition of the Big West Conference champion.

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[a] 3rd
1992 IPFW[a] 4th
1993 Ohio State 4th
1994 Ball State 3rd
IPFW[a] 4th
1995 Ball State 3rd
1996 Lewis 3rd
1997 Ball State 3rd
1998 Lewis 3rd
Year School Finish
1999 IPFW[a] 3rd
2000 Ohio State Runner-up
2001 Ohio State 3rd
2002 Ball State 3rd
2003 Lewis Champions [b]
2004 Lewis 3rd
2005 Ohio State 3rd
2006 IPFW[a] 3rd
2007 IPFW[a] 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
2017 Ohio State Champions
2018 Ohio State 3rd
2019 Lewis 3rd
  1. ^ a b c d e f Branded as "Fort Wayne" in the 2017 and 2018 seasons, and "Purdue Fort Wayne" afterwards.
  2. ^ Title vacated due to NCAA violations.


  1. ^ http://www.mivavolleyball.com/information/History
  2. ^ "Men's Volleyball Championship History". NCAA. Retrieved May 31, 2017.
  3. ^ "Men's volleyball to join MPSF in 2018". Grand Canyon University. Retrieved June 30, 2016.
  4. ^ "Purdue Fort Wayne Branding Released" (Press release). Purdue University Fort Wayne. June 18, 2018. Retrieved June 21, 2018.

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