Big Rapids, Mich. – Official pairings have been announced for the 10th annual Mizuno Midwest Region Volleyball Crossover Tournament, the nation's largest collegiate volleyball tournament, which will be held at the Great Lakes Center in Aurora, Ill. this coming weekend (Oct. 13-14).
The regional volleyball event will feature 36 NCAA DII midwest region programs, including 15 Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC), 12 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC), and nine Great Midwest Athletic Conference (G-MAC) volleyball programs that will represent their respecitive conferences.
Overall, the two-day tournament features 54 matches conducted on 11 courts throughout six sessions at one of the top volleyball facilities in the country. The event, designed to increase competition between teams from the three leagues in the NCAA Division II Midwest Region, has previously been held in Indianapolis, Ind., and Lansing, Mich.
Ferris State University (14-3, 8-1 GLIAC) is the GLIAC's No. 1 seed overall. Top seeds also went to Lewis (Ill.) from the GLVC and Findlay from the G-MAC.
Ferris State, which was ranked eighth nationally last week and owns a 14-3 overall record, will face Hillsdale of the G-MAC along with GLVC members Indianapolis and Lewis in weekend action.
The Bulldogs open tournament play on Friday versus the G-MAC's second-seed in Hillsdale at 11:30 a.m. (CT). FSU then takes on the GLVC's fifth-seed Indianapolis on Friday at 5:30 p.m. (CT) before concluding the action on Saturday versus the GLVC's top seed in Lewis at 12 p.m. (CT).
The conference that boasts the best combined record at the end of the event will earn the Crossover traveling trophy, which was won by the GLIAC a year ago in 2016 after the GLVC had maintained possession the previous six 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 take the next two seasons in 2011 (29-19) and 2012 (28-20). In 2013, the two conferences tied 24-24, but the GLVC earned the event win based on a game record tiebreak. In 2014, the GLVC controlled play throughout to keep the trophy by a 37-11 margin and in 2015 the GLVC notched a 28-20 mark to the GLIAC's 24-24 overall record with the expanded format. Last year, in 2016, the GLIAC recorded a 30-15 ledger with the GLVC going 23-25 and the G-MAC 1-14 overall.
The GLIAC, founded in 1972, consists of 12 league members from Michigan, Ohio, Illinois and starting next year in Wisconsin. The league has been a leader in the advancement and promotion of intercollegiate athletics for men and women for more than 40 years.
The GLVC is a 16-member NCAA Division II conference with current 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 current 13-member G-MAC earned active NCAA Division II member status in July of 2013, when they began competition as the 24th active NCAA Division II conference in 2013-14. Presently, their representation includes the states of West Virginia, Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee and Michigan.