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The MIVA (Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association) is a college athletic conference whose member schools compete in men's volleyball. Its member institutions are located in the Midwestern United Statesmarker, stretching from Illinoismarker in the west to Ohiomarker 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.

The MIVA Tournament champion receives an automatic bid to the semifinals of the NCAA National Collegiate Men's Volleyball Championship which consists of 4 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 National Semifinals.

MIVA History

The MIVA was founded on February 4, 1961 when seven schools, Ball State Teachers College, Detroit Institute of Technology, Earlham College, George Williams College, Michigan State University, Ohio State University and Wittenberg College all met in East Lansing, Michigan on the campus of Michigan State University. The purpose of the meetings was to successfully organize a collegiate volleyball conference.

Various schools have joined and/or left the MIVA during its history.

The MIVA is the oldest volleyball-only conference in the United States and was the first men’s volleyball conference in the country.


The MIVA comprises 6 teams from the NCAA's Division I and Division II. The member institutions of this league are consistently ranked among the best men's volleyball teams in the United States in the CBS/AVCA Division I-II Men's Coaches Top 15 Poll.

School Location Division Team nickname Arena Seating
Ball State Universitymarker Muncie, Indianamarker 1 Cardinals John E.marker Worthen Arenamarker 11,500
IPFWmarker Fort Wayne, Indianamarker 1 Mastodons Hilliard Gates Sports Centermarker 2,800
Lewis University Romeoville, Illinoismarker 2 Flyers Neil Carey Arena 855
Loyola Universitymarker Chicago, Illinoismarker 1 Ramblers Alumni Gymmarker 2,000
Ohio State Universitymarker Columbus, Ohiomarker 1 Buckeyes St. John Arenamarker 13,276
Quincy Universitymarker Quincy, Illinoismarker 2 MoHawks Coke Arena 2,000

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