Top-seed Springfield College (15-13) will face fourth-seed Baruch College (34-14) at 5 p.m. EST on April 15 in the first semifinal match, while second-seed Nazareth College (29-3) will challenge third-seed Carthage College (22-10) at 8 p.m. EST second semifinal. The consolation match will be played at 5 p.m. EST on April 16, followed by the championship at 8 p.m. EST.
It was previously announced April 4 that Carthage was selected as the Midwest/West Region at-large representative to the tournament, while the Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (EIVA) Division III regular season champion, Springfield, was determined on Wednesday after a head-to-head match with New York University. Nazareth will appear as the host institution, and the North East Collegiate Volleyball Association (NECVA) will be represented by Baruch, which was the NECVA Tournament runner-up behind Nazareth.
Springfield will look to capture its second consecutive and seventh overall title, which would give the Pride more Molten trophies than any other program in the tournament's history. Carthage, winner of the recent Midwest-III conference tournament, will make its fourth appearance in the event, highlighted by second-place finishes in 2007 and 2005. Nazareth will look to build upon its fourth-place finish last year in making its second Molten appearance. Baruch has earned its first-ever berth into the Molten Championship.
The Molten Division III Men's Invitational Volleyball Championship, in its 15th and final year, was formed due to a need for a culminating event for NCAA Division III men's volleyball. However, a vote at the NCAA Convention in January has given NCAA Division III Men's Volleyball its own NCAA Championship, with the first event being conducted in April 2012.
The Molten Division III Men's Invitational Volleyball Championship selection committee consists of Doug Beal (USA Volleyball chief executive officer); Kathy DeBoer (AVCA executive director); Ivan Marquez (EIVA commissioner); Bob Newcomb (UC Irvine/at-large representative); Stuart Robinson (SUNY New Paltz athletics director/NECVA representative), Dan Harris (Milwaukee School of Engineering athletics director/midwest-west representative), John Kosty (Stanford men's head coach/AVCA Board of Directors representative) and Jerry Matacotta (NECVA representative).