NCAA Men's Volleyball Championship

NCAA Men's Volleyball Championship

The NCAA Men's Volleyball Championship is the tournament that determines the national championship of American college volleyball.

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".

Schools from the Pacific Coast region have dominated this sport, in particular UCLA. Al Scates, the coach at UCLA, has won more NCAA Titles (19) than any other coach.


Competition structure

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,[1] 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

Harvard University

New Jersey Institute of Technology

Pennsylvania State University

Princeton 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

Pepperdine University

Stanford University

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)

Lees-McRae College

Mount Olive College

Limestone College

Pfeiffer University

King College (TN)

North East Collegiate Volleyball Association-NCAA Division III


Baruch College

Brooklyn College

City College of New York

Hunter College

Lehman College, City University of New York

Medgar Evers College

New York City College of Technology

York College


Lancaster Bible College

Kean University

New Jersey City University

Ramapo College


Yeshiva University

Polytechnic University (New York)

The Sage Colleges

College of Mount St. Vincent

SUNY Purchase

New England

Elms College

Endicott College

Lesley University

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Newbury College

Regis College

Southern Vermont College

Wentworth Institute of Technology

Daniel Webster College


Rivier College

Emmanuel College

Lasell College

Emerson College

Albertus Magnus College

Mount Ida College

Johnson & Wales University

United Volleyball Conference

Bard College

Medaille College

Nazareth College

D'Youville College

State University of New York Institute of Technology

Stevens Institute of Technology

New York University

Vassar College

State University of New York College at New Paltz

Pennsylvania State University Erie, the Behrend College

Elmira College

Hilbert College

Continental Volleyball Conference

Thiel College

Stevenson University

Philadelphia Biblical University

Juniata College

Eastern Mennonite University

The College of Mount St. Joseph (OH)

Fontbonne University

Milwaukee School of Engineering

Carthage College

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)

Championship teams

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.

2011 Tournament

  • 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 [2] UCLA (24–1) 3–0 Long Beach State Los Angeles, CA Pauley Pavilion
1971 [3] UCLA (29–1) 3–2 UC Santa Barbara Los Angeles, CA Pauley Pavilion
1972 [4] 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)[5] 3–0 Penn State (24-8) Stanford, CA Maples Pavilion
2011 Ohio State (26-6)[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

The Pennsylvania State University Nittany Lions men's volleyball team are honored in June 2008 at the White House for President of the United States George W. Bush for the side's winning the 2008 national championship.
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

See also


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