INDIANAPOLIS – Official pairings have been announced for the fifth annual Mizuno GLVC/GLIAC Crossover Volleyball Tournament, the nation's largest collegiate volleyball tournament, which will be held at the Great Lakes Center in Aurora, Ill. this weekend (Oct. 12-13).
Mizuno will once again serve as the title sponsor for the regional volleyball event which will pit 16 Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) volleyball teams against 16 institutions representing the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC).
The Ferris State women's volleyball squad, which is ranked 21st nationally with a 14-3 overall record, will face GLVC members Lewis (Ill.), Indianapolis and Southern Indiana in weekend competition.
The Bulldogs open tournament play on Friday versus Lewis at 12:30 p.m. (ET). FSU then takes on Indianapolis at 6:30 p.m. (ET). Saturday's lone match is against Southern Indiana at 2 p.m. (ET).
The University of Indianapolis (17-2, 9-0 GLVC), ranked ninth in the country, is the GLVC's No. 1 seed, while Northwood University (14-3, 9-0) enters as the top seed from the GLIAC.
The two-day tournament will feature 48 matches conducted on eight courts at one of the top volleyball facilities in the country. The event, designed to increase competition between teams from the two leagues in the NCAA Division II Midwest Region, has previously been held in Indianapolis, Ind., and Lansing, Mich.
"The Great Lakes Valley Conference could not be more proud to partner with the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference to stage yet another Mizuno GLVC/GLIAC Crossover Volleyball Tournament that is the largest volleyball tournament in the country," said GLVC Commissioner Jim Naumovich. "In the four-year history of the event, the Crossover has proven to not only showcase some of the nation's top volleyball, but also embrace the regionalization philosophy that is emphasized as part of the NCAA Division II Strategic Positioning Platform."
One GLVC team and one GLIAC team will square off in each contest, which will consist of eight matches happening simultaneously in each of three sessions over the two-day event. The conference that boasts the best combined record at the end of the event will earn the Crossover traveling trophy, which has been in the GLVC's possession the past two years. The GLIAC claimed the event's first title in 2008 with a 27-12 record, only to retain it the following year with a 24-21 mark. In 2010, the GLVC earned its first Crossover win with a 23-22 effort only to improve on that effort last year with a winning record of 29-19.
The GLVC and GLIAC are two of the premier NCAA Division II conferences in the country and feature strong volleyball programs. Each conference currently boasts one team in the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Division II Coaches Top 25 Poll, as Indianapolis paces the GLVC in ninth, while the GLIAC's Ferris State rates 21st overall
The GLVC is a 16-member NCAA Division II conference with members in Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Missouri and Wisconsin and has been combining athletic and academic success at the NCAA Division II level since 1978.
The GLIAC, founded in 1972, consists of 16 league members from Michigan and Ohio and has been a leader in the advancement and promotion of intercollegiate athletics for men and women for more than 40 years.
For more information, log on to the event's official website, GLVCsports.com/2012crossover.