|Sport||College indoor volleyball|
|No. of teams||14|
|New Paltz (2019)|
|Most titles||Springfield (5)|
The NCAA Division III Men's Volleyball Tournament is a championship event officially sanctioned by the National Collegiate Athletic Association, the main governing body for U.S. college sports. Open only to schools in Division III of the NCAA, a group of schools that are not allowed to award athletic scholarships, the championship was established in 2012. The tournament would be followed by a single all-divisions championship in women's beach volleyball began in 2016.
The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) is a "non-profit" organization which regulates student athlete of 1,268 North American institutions and conferences. It also organizes the athletic programs of many colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, and helps more than 480,000 college student-athletes who compete annually in college sports. The organization is headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana.
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Division III (D-III) is a division of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) in the United States. D-III consists of athletic programs at colleges and universities that choose not to offer athletic scholarships to their student-athletes.
The idea of a Division III championship was first floated by several figures in the Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association in the late 1980s, but was long dormant because of NCAA participation rules—50 schools must sponsor a sport before a national championship tournament can be officially sanctioned. The main impetus for growth in Division III volleyball had been an unofficial D-III championship tournament known as the Molten Invitational, started in 1997. In 2010, the required number of programs was reached, leading to the creation of the D-III championship.
The Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (EIVA) is a college athletic conference whose member schools compete in men's volleyball. Its member institutions are located in the Northeast United States.
The Molten Division III Men's Invitational Volleyball Championship Tournament was a championship event for NCAA Division III men's volleyball, founded in 1997 and operating through 2011. While the NCAA has sponsored an annual national championship for men's volleyball since 1970, programs from all three divisions competed for just four berths in the yearly tournament. Through 2011, no Division III program had earned a berth or been selected to participate in the NCAA National Collegiate Men's Volleyball Championship. Molten is the official volleyball of the NCAA championships.
The Division III championship began in 2012 with nine teams and has steadily expanded with the growth of D-III men's volleyball. The most recent expansion came for the 2019 season, with the field going from 12 to 14 teams.This differs from the top-level NCAA Men's National Collegiate Volleyball Championship, which involved four teams through the 2013 tournament and expanded to six teams for 2014 and seven for 2018. Like the National Collegiate Championship, the Division III championship is a knockout tournament, with best-of-5-set matches. The current tournament format features six first-round matches, with the winners joining the top two seeds in the quarterfinals.
The NCAA Men's Volleyball Tournament, officially titled the NCAA National Collegiate Men's Volleyball Championship, is an annual competition that determines the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) championship in American college men's volleyball. It had been the only NCAA championship in the sport from 1970 until 2012, when the NCAA launched a Division III championship.
|Year||National Champion||Score||Runner-up||City and venue||Attendance|
|2012||Springfield (33–5)||3–0||Carthage (29–6)||Springfield, MA||Blake Arena||1,600|
|2013||Springfield (32–3)||3–0||Nazareth (36–2)||Pittsford, NY||Kidera Gymnasium||1,000|
|2014||Springfield (27–8)||3–0||Juniata (29–5)||Huntingdon, PA||Kennedy Sports Center||816|
|2015||Stevens (31–4)||3–0||Springfield (25–7)||Hoboken, NJ||Canavan Arena||1,126|
|2016||New Paltz (33–2)||3–1||Springfield (28–4)||Pittsford, NY||Kidera Gymnasium||914|
|2017||Springfield (33–5)||3–1||New Paltz (27–9)||Springfield, MA||Blake Arena||2,000|
|2018||Springfield (31–2)||3–0||Stevens (27–5)||Kenosha, WI||Tarble Arena||550|
|2019||New Paltz (28–7)||3–1||UC Santa Cruz (21–17)||Union, NJ||Harwood Arena||322|
|2020||Dubuque, IA||Athletic Wellness Center||TBD||Loras|
|2021||Pittsford, NY||Kidera Gymnasium||TBD||Nazareth|
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