The MCVL was formed in the summer of 2014 and is the eighth NCAA men's volleyball conference in NCAA Division III.
The MCVL inaugural season will begin in January 2015 and includes Benedictine University, Carthage College, Dominican University, Fontbonne University, Lakeland College, Loras College, Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE), and Mount St. Joseph University.
The MCVL was formed after six institutions (Carthage, Dominican, Fontbonne, Lakeland, MSOE, and Mount St. Joseph) decided to split from the their previous conference affiliation, the Continental Volleyball Conference. Benedictine and Loras were added to the newly formed conference which is based in the Midwest. The MCVL currently features eight schools from five different states (Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, Ohio, and Wisconsin).
In the winter of 2016, Adrian College, Greenville College, Marian University (Wis.), North Central College, Olivet College and Wittenberg University will join the MCVL bringing the conference membership to 14.