NCAA Men's Division III Volleyball Championship
|Sport||College indoor volleyball|
|No. of teams||9|
|Most recent champion(s)||New Paltz (1)|
|Most titles||Springfield (3)|
The NCAA Men's Division III Volleyball Championship 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. At the time, it was the newest NCAA championship to be officially sanctioned; a single all-divisions championship in women's beach volleyball has since been announced for a 2016 launch.
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 Division III championship has involved nine teams since its creation in 2012. 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. Like the National Collegiate Championship, the Division III championship is a knockout tournament, with best-of-5-set matches. The two lowest-seeded teams play a first-round match, with the winner joining the remaining seven teams at the final championship site.
|Year||National Champion||Score||Runner-up||City and venue||Attendance||Host school|
|2012||Springfield (33–5)||3–0||Carthage (29–6)||Springfield, MA||Blake Arena||1,600||Springfield|
|2013||Springfield (32–3)||3–0||Nazareth (36–2)||Pittsford, NY||Kidera Gymnasium||1,000||Nazareth|
|2014||Springfield (27–8)||3–0||Juniata (29–5)||Huntingdon, PA||Kennedy Sports Center||816||Juniata|
|2015||Stevens (31–4)||3–0||Springfield (25–7)||Hoboken, NJ||Canavan Arena||1,126||Stevens|
|2016||New Paltz (33-2)||3-1||Springfield (28-4)||Pittsford, NY||Kidera Gymnasium||914||Nazareth|
|2017||TBD||TBD||Springfield, MA||Blake Arena||TBD||Springfield|
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- The championship was originally scheduled for the MIT campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts. It was moved in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings. "Nazareth agrees to be new host for national championship in place of MIT" (Press release). NCAA. April 19, 2013. Retrieved April 27, 2013.
- "Springfield College men clinch third straight volleyball national championship". The Republican. Springfield, MA. April 28, 2014. Retrieved April 30, 2014.
- "Eagles Fall to No. 1 Springfield in National Championship" (Press release). Juniata College Sports. April 28, 2014. Retrieved April 30, 2014.
- "Stevens' volleyball title marks first team championship in school history" (Press release). NCAA. April 27, 2015. Retrieved May 8, 2015.
- "Men's Volleyball Falls In the NCAA National Championship Match To Stevens" (Press release). Springfield College Pride. April 26, 2015. Retrieved May 8, 2015.