Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association
|Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association
|Sports fielded||Volleyball (men's: 1; women's: 0)|
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 EIVA Tournament champion receives an automatic bid to the NCAA National Collegiate Volleyball Championship. The two other major volleyball conferences, the MIVA (Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association) and the MPSF (Mountain Pacific Sports Federation) also send their league tournament champions to the NCAA tournament. Through 2013, when the NCAA tournament consisted of four teams, the remaining entry was an at-large bid that was chosen from one of the three leagues by a committee of coaches from these leagues. Starting in 2014, the NCAA tournament will expand to six teams, with new bids for the champion of Conference Carolinas and a second at-large entry.
Penn State has won every conference championship for the past 17 years, with the exception of 1998 when Princeton captured the title. The Nittany Lions are the only conference team to win the NCAA national championships, having captured the title in 1994 and 2008.
As of the 2011-12 season, the EIVA consists of 8 teams: George Mason University, Harvard University, New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), Pennsylvania State University (Penn State or PSU), Princeton University, Rutgers University–Newark, Sacred Heart University, and Saint Francis University. The top four teams will compete for the EIVA conference championship. The winner will represent the EIVA conference in the NCAA Div. I/II national championships.
Previously, from 2005-2006 to 2010-2011, the conference was divided into two divisions. The higher division was named the Tait Division and the lower division was named the Hay Division. The conference used a system of promotion and relegation whereby the last place team from the Tait Division went to the Hay for the following season and the highest ranked Hay Division team moved to the Tait. Prior to that, there was a second lower division (equal to Hay) named the Sweeney Division, but this was eliminated for the 2006 season. The two lower divisions were merged into one division at that time.
On April 28, 2012 the late Uvaldo Acosta (George Mason), the late Tom Hay (Springfield College), Ivan Marquez (Concordia [NY]), the late Bill Odeneal (SUNY New Paltz), Bob Sweeney (East Stroudsburg) and Tom Tait (Penn State) were inducted into the EIVA's inaugural Hall of Fame class during the 2012 EIVA Championship match at Penn State.
The EIVA comprises eight teams, all but one from the NCAA's Division I level. The only non-Division I member is Division III Rutgers–Newark. Because that school traditionally competed in the former University Division in men's volleyball before the NCAA created its current three-division setup in 1972, it is allowed to award scholarships in that sport, making it one of only seven D-III schools allowed to do so in any sport.
|George Mason||Recreation Athletic Complex||1,550|
|Harvard||Malkin Athletic Center||1,000|
|NJIT||Estelle & Zoom Fleisher Athletic Center||1,000|
|Rutgers-Newark||The Golden Dome||1,002|
|Sacred Heart||Pitt Center||2,000|
|Saint Francis||DeGol Arena||3,500|
- Concordia College (New York) - dropped program in 2003
- East Stroudsburg University - dropped program
- Juniata College - left EIVA in 2011 due to NCAA Div. III national championship
- New York University - left EIVA in 2011 due to NCAA Div. III national championship
- University of New Haven - dropped program after 2008 season
- Queens College - dropped program
- Springfield College - left EIVA in 2011 due to NCAA Div. III national championship
- Vassar College - moved to NECVA
- Official Website of the Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association
- AVCA - American Volleyball Coaches Association - Men's Volleyball