MIAA, NCAC to Compete in First-Ever MIAA-NCAC Volleyball Crossover

MIAA, NCAC to Compete in First-Ever MIAA-NCAC Volleyball Crossover

Tournament Program (pdf)

The Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) and North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) have partnered for the first-ever MIAA-NCAC Volleyball Crossover Challenge slated for Friday-Saturday, Sept. 6-7, at Aim High Sports in Lansing, Mich.

"As a former MIAA volleyball coach, I am thrilled that we have been able to collaborate with the NCAC to give our student-athletes the opportunity to play high-level competition to kick off their season," MIAA Commissioner Penny Allen-Cook said. "It will be exciting to watch some of the best Division III volleyball programs in the country competing under one roof."

"I'm excited that the North Coast and our colleagues in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association have partnered to create such an amazing competitive opportunity for our volleyball teams," NCAC Executive Director Keri Alexander Luchowski said. "What a wonderful way to highlight the high-level volleyball being played in our conferences and our regions. It should be an exciting weekend."

With the assistance of the Greater Lansing Sports Authority, the MIAA and NCAC partnership creates a cross-conference event that brings together two of the most competitive volleyball conferences in the nation. To note, an MIAA or an NCAC team has competed in the NCAA Division III Volleyball National Championship match every year since 2010. During that span, Calvin (2010, 2013, 2016) and Hope (2014) of the MIAA and Wittenberg (2011) of the NCAC have prevailed as NCAA Division III National Champions, representing five national titles during the nine-year span.
In the 2019 AVCA Preseason Top 25 Coaches Poll Aug. 14, Calvin was ranked No. 2 nationally, Wittenberg came in at No. 6, Hope was 21st overall, and DePauw was receiving votes.

Competition begins Friday, Sept. 6 at 5 p.m. with action on four of the five courts for the 18-team event. Matches continue at 7 p.m. on Friday, including highlight pairings between Hope/DePauw and Calvin/Wittenberg; both matches mirror 2018 NCAA Regional contests. DePauw edged Hope in the NCAA First Round, 3-2, while Calvin halted Wittenberg 3-2 in the Regional Final last fall.

Saturday's matches are slated for 10 a.m., 12 p.m., 2 p.m., and 4 p.m. A full event schedule is below. Tickets for the event are $7 for adults, and $3 for students and children.

For more event information, including coupons for nearby restaurants, visit the MIAA-NCAC Volleyball Challenge website. To learn more about North Coast volleyball, visit the NCAC website.

MIAA-NCAC Volleyball Challenge Schedule

Friday, Sept. 6 - 5 p.m.

Adrian vs. Denison

Olivet vs. Oberlin

Kalamazoo vs. Allegheny

Saint Mary's vs. Wooster

Friday, Sept. 6 - 7 p.m.

Albion vs. Kenyon

Hope vs. DePauw

Alma vs. Hiram

Calvin vs. Wittenberg

Trine vs. Ohio Wesleyan

Saturday, Sept. 7 - 10 a.m.

Adrian vs. Ohio Wesleyan

Kalamazoo vs. Wooster

Trine vs. Hiram

Saint Mary's vs. Allegheny

Alma vs. Denison

Saturday, Sept. 7 - 12 p.m.

Hope vs. Wittenberg

Olivet vs. Wooster

Saint Mary's vs. Oberlin

Calvin vs. Kenyon

Albion vs. DePauw

Saturday, Sept. 7 - 2 p.m.

Alma vs. Ohio Wesleyan

Trine vs. Denison

Adrian vs. Hiram

Kalamazoo vs. Oberlin

Olivet vs. Allegheny

Saturday, Sept. 7 - 4 p.m.

Hope vs. Kenyon

Calvin vs. DePauw

Albion vs. Wittenberg