Midwest's Biggest Schools Head To Lakeland For Tourney
Athletics - posted on 3/24/2006
Some of the best-known schools in the Midwest will head to Lakeland College on April 1-2 as Lakeland hosts the Midwest Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (MIVA) Championships.
The tournament, which includes club volleyball teams from three Midwest conferences, goes a long way toward determining seeding for the NIRSA (National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association) Division I Championships, set for April 13-15 in Salt Lake City, Utah.
"It is a really an honor for Lakeland, our facilities and the status of our men's volleyball program, to be picked to host these championships," said Lakeland men's volleyball coach Chad Schreiber.
"The last two hosts were Ball State and Northern Illinois, so this is MIVA's way of saying we have the kind of facilities that put us in a class with schools many sizes larger than Lakeland. For local volleyball enthusiasts, this tournament will provide two days of great volleyball played at a very high level."
Last spring, nine MIVA teams finished in the NIRSA Division I Top 25, including defending national champion Marquette, national runner-up UW-Oshkosh and Lakeland, a national semi-finalist that finished in third place in the nation.
The MIVA Championships at Lakeland will include these three teams, along with Big Ten Men's Volleyball Association regular season champion Michigan State, tournament champion Illinois, as well as teams from other Big Ten schools, Notre Dame, Iowa State, Cincinnati and Kentucky.
Play will begin on Saturday at 8 a.m., and Lakeland will have two courts in the new Moose & Dona Woltzen Gymnasium and three courts in the auxiliary gym in the Todd Wehr Center. The tournament will culminate with the championship match on Sunday afternoon. Last year, Marquette beat Lakeland in the championship match.
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