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
MIVA logo
SportNCAA Men's Volleyball
Division I & Division II
No. of teams8
Most recent
Ohio State Buckeyes
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 timeline


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) St. John Arena 13,276
Purdue University Fort Wayne Fort Wayne, Indiana 1964[lower-alpha 1] Public 10,208 Mastodons Summit League (D-I)
(Horizon League in 2020)
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]

MIVA in the NCAA tournament

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[lower-alpha 1] 3rd
1992 IPFW[lower-alpha 1] 4th
1993 Ohio State 4th
1994 Ball State 3rd
IPFW[lower-alpha 1] 4th
1995 Ball State 3rd
1996 Lewis 3rd
1997 Ball State 3rd
1998 Lewis 3rd
Year School Finish
1999 IPFW[lower-alpha 1] 3rd
2000 Ohio State Runner-up
2001 Ohio State 3rd
2002 Ball State 3rd
2003 Lewis Champions [lower-alpha 2]
2004 Lewis 3rd
2005 Ohio State 3rd
2006 IPFW[lower-alpha 1] 3rd
2007 IPFW[lower-alpha 1] 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. 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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