MIVA Tournament: Possible seeding scenarios, postseason berths

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There is still a lot of tournament seeding left be decided in the final days of the regular season for the oldest conference in college men’s volleyball.

The format for the eight-team MIVA Tournament features the top-four teams earning home court for the quarterfinals, the two highest remaining seeds having home court for the semifinals and then the highest remaining seed having home court for the finals. The MIVA is the only NCAA Division I-II conference that has multiple locations for the semifinal matches — making the seeding beyond the top spot even more critical.

Check out the current standings and the possible seeding scenarios for the MIVA teams.

MIVA standings

Team MIVA Overall MB
y-1. Lewis 11-1 20-5
y-2. Loyola 10-2 17-7 -1
y-3. Purdue Fort Wayne 8-4 16-9 -3
x-4. McKendree 6-6 11-11 -5
x-T-5. Lindenwood 5-7 9-16 -6
x-T-5. Ball State 5-7 14-13 -6
x-7. Ohio State 3-9 8-18 -8
x-8. Quincy 0-12 5-20 -11

LEGEND
x – Clinched postseason berth
y – Clinched home court for first round of postseason
z – Clinched conference regular season title and home court for conference tournament

Lewis

Remaining matches: vs. Quincy, vs. Lindenwood
Already clinched: At least the No. 2 seed for the MIVA Tournament and home court advantage throughout the semifinals

— Can clinch the No. 1 seed and home court advantage throughout the MIVA Tournament if it wins one of its two remaining matches or with a Loyola loss.

Loyola

Remaining matches: vs. Lindenwood, vs. Quincy
Already clinched: At least the No. 2 seed for the MIVA Tournament and home court advantage throughout the semifinals

— Can clinch the No. 1 seed and home court advantage throughout the MIVA Tournament if it wins two remaining matches and with two Lewis losses.

Purdue Fort Wayne

Remaining matches: at Ohio State, at McKendree
Already clinched: At least the No. 4 seed and home court for the MIVA Tournament quarterfinals

— Can clinch the No. 3 seed for the MIVA Tournament if it wins one of its two remaining matches or with a McKendree loss.

McKendree

Remaining matches: vs. Ball State, vs. Purdue Fort Wayne
Already clinched: At least the No. 5 seed for the MIVA Tournament

— Can clinch the No. 4 seed and home court for the MIVA Tournament quarterfinals if it beats Ball State on Thursday; beats Purdue Fort Wayne on Saturday and finishes in a three-way tie with Ball State and Lindenwood; beats Purdue Fort Wayne on Saturday and wins at least one set against Ball State on Thursday; or wins at least one set against Ball State on Thursday, a Ball State loss to Ohio State on Saturday and two Lindenwood losses.

Ball State

Remaining matches: at McKendree, at Ohio State
Already clinched: At least the No. 7 seed for the MIVA Tournament

— Can clinch the No. 4 seed and home court for the MIVA Tournament quarterfinals by winning its two remaining matches and McKendree loses twice; sweeps McKendree on Thursday by a combined margin of nine or more points and beats Ohio State on Saturday; or sweeps McKendree on Thursday by a combined margin of nine or more points, losses to Ohio State on Saturday, McKendree loses to Purdue Fort Wayne on Saturday and Lindenwood loses twice.
— Can clinch the No. 5 seed by winning one of its two remaining matches or two Lindenwood losses.
— Can clinch the No. 6 seed with a win or an Ohio State loss.

Lindenwood

Remaining matches: at Loyola, at Lewis
Already clinched: At least the No. 6 seed for the MIVA Tournament

— Can clinch the No. 4 seed and home court for the MIVA Tournament quarterfinals by winning its two remaining matches, a Ball State loss and two McKendree losses.
— Can clinch the No. 5 seed by winning one of its two remaining matches and two Ball State losses; or wins both its remaining matches along with Ball State loss or two McKendree losses.

Ohio State

Remaining matches: vs. Purdue Fort Wayne, vs. Ball State
Already clinched: At least the No. 7 seed for the MIVA Tournament

— Can clinch the No. 6 seed for the MIVA Tournament with two wins and two Ball State losses, including beating the Cardinals in less than five game on Saturday.

Quincy

Remaining matches: at Lewis, at Quincy
Already clinched: Clinched the No. 8 seed for the MIVA Tournament