- NCAA Men's Volleyball Championship
The "Final Four" is a term used exclusively by NCAA Basketball but is commonly used to describe the Men's Volleyball Championship. The official name of this championship is the "National Collegiate Men's Volleyball Championship".
The competition structure of men's volleyball is dramatically different from that of most sports sponsored by the NCAA. In most sports, teams are divided into three divisions:
- Division I, generally consisting of large universities that devote the most resources to athletics; these schools offer substantial numbers of athletic scholarships to attract team members (with a few voluntary exceptions, most notably the Ivy League).
- Division II, generally consisting of smaller institutions; these schools are also allowed to offer athletic scholarships, but in substantially smaller numbers.
- Division III, generally consisting of smaller schools and a few large institutions that prefer to focus on academics; schools in this group are not allowed to offer athletic scholarships
Men's volleyball, however, does not have an official divisional structure—all teams, regardless of their divisional affiliation, are eligible to compete for the NCAA championship. This is different from the NCAA Women's Volleyball Championship, in which separate tournaments are conducted for all three divisions, mainly because there are far more NCAA member schools offering women's volleyball than the men's game. All schools that sponsor men's volleyball and are members of either Division I or II are allowed to offer financial aid for the sport that is equivalent to a maximum of 4.5 full scholarships.
Although the NCAA only sponsors a single men's volleyball championship, open to all schools that sponsor the sport at varsity level (as opposed to club level), a parallel men's volleyball championship tournament is conducted that is open only to men's volleyball programs that are members of NCAA Division III. For sponsorship reasons, it is currently named the "Molten Division III Men's Invitational Volleyball Championship Tournament (Final Four)". Though it has never occurred, a NCAA Division III school may qualify for the at-large bid to the "NCAA National Collegiate Men's Volleyball Championship Tournament". Only NCAA Division III teams from the EIVA may earn an automatic bid.
There are three general regions for men's volleyball: "West", "Mid-West", and "East". The three major conferences that currently represent these regions are the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF), Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (MIVA), and Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (EIVA). The other conferences include Conference Carolinas, New England Collegiate Conference, the North East Collegiate Volleyball Association (NECVA), and the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC). Teams from the ECAC are members of the NECVA. Members of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), a separate athletics governing body whose members are primarily smaller institutions, regularly play matches against NCAA teams.
Because of the lack of an official divisional structure in men's volleyball, the three major conferences have member schools that normally participate in all three NCAA divisions. The MPSF men's volleyball league, otherwise made up entirely of Division I schools, has one Division II member, UC San Diego. Only four of the 7 members of the MIVA are Division I schools; the remaining seven members include three Division II schools. The 11 members of EIVA include eight in Division I and three in Division III. The sizes of the conferences have fluctuated over the years as new men's volleyball programs arise and other programs are dropped from their schools.
Currently, each of the three major conferences ((MPSF), (MIVA) and (EIVA)) receive an automatic bid to the Final Four with one additional at-large bid. The remaining bid is an at-large bid that may be awarded to any team in Division I, II, or III. Generally, the best team in the nation (usually from one of the 3 major conferences), who did not receive the automatic bid, receives the at-large bid.
Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association
George Mason University
New Jersey Institute of Technology
Pennsylvania State University
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Newark
Sacred Heart University
Saint Francis University of Pennsylvania
Springfield College (NCAA Division III)
Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association
Ball State University
Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne
Loyola University Chicago
Ohio State University
Grand Canyon University (NCAA Division II)
Lewis University (NCAA Division II)
Quincy University (NCAA Division II)
Mountain Pacific Sports Federation
Brigham Young University
California State University, Northridge
University of California, Irvine
University of California, Los Angeles
University of California, Santa Barbara
University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
California State University, Long Beach
University of the Pacific
University of Southern California
University of California, San Diego (NCAA Division II)
Conference Carolinas-NCAA Division II
Erskine College (begins sponsoring men's volleyball in 2012-13)
Barton University (begins sponsoring men's volleyball in 2011–12)
Mount Olive College
King College (TN)
North East Collegiate Volleyball Association-NCAA Division III
City College of New York
Lehman College, City University of New York
Medgar Evers College
New York City College of Technology
Lancaster Bible College
New Jersey City University
Polytechnic University (New York)
The Sage Colleges
College of Mount St. Vincent
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Southern Vermont College
Wentworth Institute of Technology
Daniel Webster College
Albertus Magnus College
Mount Ida College
Johnson & Wales University
United Volleyball Conference
State University of New York Institute of Technology
Stevens Institute of Technology
New York University
State University of New York College at New Paltz
Pennsylvania State University Erie, the Behrend College
Continental Volleyball Conference
Philadelphia Biblical University
Eastern Mennonite University
The College of Mount St. Joseph (OH)
Milwaukee School of Engineering
University of California, Santa Cruz
University of Puerto Rico, Bayamon (NCAA Division II)
University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez (NCAA Division II)
University of Puerto Rico, Rio Pidras (NCAA Division II)
University of Puerto Rico, Cayey (NCAA Division II)
St. Joseph's College, New York (NCAA Division III)
California-based universities dominate the men's volleyball national championship; Penn State, Ohio State and Brigham Young University are the only non-California universities to have won the NCAA Div. I championship; Hawaiʻi and Lewis also won the championship tournament, but had their victories vacated due to NCAA rules violations. Only six non-California universities have participated in the NCAA Div. I championship match (Brigham Young, Penn St., Ohio St., IPFW, Hawaiʻi, and Lewis), although universities such as Princeton and Ball State have participated in the final four.
UCLA, Southern California, Penn State, Stanford, and Long Beach State are the only schools in Division I to have won an NCAA national championship in both men and women's volleyball. (But for Hawaiʻi's vacated 2002 title, it would have matched this feat with 3 NCAA and 1 AIAW women's national championships.) In addition, Stanford (1996-97) and Penn State (2007-08) are the only universities the men and women's volleyball programs of which have won the national championship in the same academic year.
- May 5, 2011 – UC Santa Barbara def. Southern California, 29-27, 24-26, 25-15, 25-18; Ohio State def. Penn St., 25-18, 24-26, 25-22, 25-23.
- May 7, 2011 – Ohio State def. UC Santa Barbara, 20-25, 25-20, 25-19, 22-25, 15-9.
Year National Champion Score Runner-up City and venue 1970  UCLA (24–1) 3–0 Long Beach State Los Angeles, CA Pauley Pavilion 1971  UCLA (29–1) 3–2 UC Santa Barbara Los Angeles, CA Pauley Pavilion 1972  UCLA (27–7) 3–2 San Diego State Muncie, IN Irving Gymnasium 1973 San Diego State (21–5) 3–1 Long Beach State San Diego, CA San Diego State 1974 UCLA(30–5) 3–2 UC Santa Barbara Santa Barbara, CA UC Santa Barbara 1975 UCLA (27–8) 3–1 UC Santa Barbara Los Angeles, CA Pauley Pavilion 1976 UCLA(15–2) 3–2 San Diego State Muncie, IN Irving Gymnasium 1977 Southern California (18–1) 3–1 Ohio State Los Angeles, CA Pauley Pavilion 1978 Pepperdine (21–4) 3–2 UCLA Columbus, OH St. John Arena 1979 UCLA (30–0) 3–1 Southern California Los Angeles, CA Pauley Pavilion 1980 Southern California (22–6) 3–1 UCLA Muncie, IN Irving Gymnasium 1981 UCLA (32–3) 3–2 Southern California Santa Barbara, CA UCSB Events Center 1982 UCLA (29–0) 3–0 Penn State University Park, PA Rec Hall 1983 UCLA (27–4) 3–0 Pepperdine Columbus, OH St. John Arena 1984 UCLA (38–0) 3–1 Pepperdine Los Angeles, CA Pauley Pavilion 1985 Pepperdine (25–2) 3–2 Southern California Los Angeles, CA Pauley Pavilion 1986 Pepperdine (22–7) 3–2 Southern California University Park, PA Rec Hall 1987 UCLA (38–3) 3–0 Southern California Los Angeles, CA Pauley Pavilion 1988 Southern California (34–4) 3–2 UC Santa Barbara Fort Wayne, IN ACWMC 1989 UCLA (29–5) 3–1 Stanford Los Angeles, CA Pauley Pavilion 1990 Southern California (26–7) 3–1 Long Beach State Fairfax, VA Patriot Center 1991 Long Beach State (31–4) 3–1 Southern California Honolulu, HI Neal S. Blaisdell Center 1992 Pepperdine (24–4) 3–0 Stanford Muncie, IN John E. Worthen Arena 1993 UCLA (24–3) 3–0 Cal St. Northridge Los Angeles, CA Pauley Pavilion 1994 Penn State (26–3) 3–2 UCLA Fort Wayne, IN ACWMC 1995 UCLA (31–1) 3–0 Penn State Springfield, MA Springfield Civic Center 1996 UCLA (26–5) 3–2 Hawaiʻi Los Angeles, CA Pauley Pavilion 1997 Stanford (27–4) 3–2 UCLA Columbus, OH St. John Arena 1998 UCLA (28–4) 3–0 Pepperdine Honolulu, HI Stan Sheriff Center 1999 BYU (30–1) 3–0 Long Beach State Los Angeles, CA Pauley Pavilion 2000 UCLA (29–5) 3–0 Ohio State Fort Wayne, IN ACWMC 2001 BYU (23–4) 3–0 UCLA Long Beach, CA The Walter Pyramid 2002 Hawaiʻi (24–8)± 3–1 Pepperdine University Park, PA Rec Hall 2003 Lewis (29–6)± 3–2 BYU Long Beach, CA The Walter Pyramid 2004 BYU (29–4) 3–2 Long Beach State Honolulu, HI Stan Sheriff Center 2005 Pepperdine (25–2) 3–2 UCLA Los Angeles, CA Pauley Pavilion 2006 UCLA (26–12) 3–0 Penn State University Park, PA Rec Hall 2007 UC Irvine (29–5) 3–1 IPFW Columbus, OH St. John Arena 2008 Penn State (30–1) 3–1 Pepperdine Irvine, CA Bren Events Center 2009 UC Irvine (27–5) 3–2 Southern California Provo, UT Smith Fieldhouse 2010 Stanford (24-6) 3–0 Penn State (24-8) Stanford, CA Maples Pavilion 2011 Ohio State (26-6) 3–2 UC Santa Barbara (18-15) University Park, PA Rec Hall 2012 Los Angeles, CA Galen Center 2013 Los Angeles, CA Pauley Pavilion
±Vacated due to NCAA violations
NCAA Championships by University
School # Last UCLA 19 2006 Pepperdine 5 2005 Southern California 4 1990 BYU 3 2004 UC Irvine 2 2009 Penn State 2 2008 Stanford 2 2010 Ohio State 1 2011 Long Beach State 1 1991 San Diego State 1 1973
- NCAA Women's Volleyball Championship
- Pre-NCAA Intercollegiate Volleyball Champions
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- ^ 1970's UCLA Athletics
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- ^ 1970's UCLA Athletics
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- ^ "Ohio State ends UCSB's surprising run to claim 1st NCAA men's volleyball title" (in english). Daily Reporter. 7 May 2011. http://www.greenfieldreporter.com/view/story/e3cb256aefdb42a2bc35315153d7182d/VOL--NCAA-Volleyball.
- UCLA's 2006 Men's Volleyball National Championship
- NCAA site - Men's Volleyball
- American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) - Men's Volleyball
- Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) - Men's Volleyball
- Official Website of the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (MIVA)
- Official Website of the Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (EIVA)
- Official Website of the North East Collegiate Volleyball Association (NECVA)
- Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) - Men's Volleyball
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