1976 Volleyball State Champions

The 1976 Red Knight volleyball team, led by first year coach, Jane Schreiber Jostes ’72, captured the first state championship title in the history of Incarnate Word Academy. This was the Red Knights first appearance at the state tournament which began in 1975. During the regular season the 24-2 Red Knights were league champions and champions of the IWA Tournament. At the time, all schools, regardless of enrollment size competed together in one class for the championship. With a student body of four hundred and a team
consisting of no one taller than 5’8, the Red Knights traveled to Jefferson Community College in Hillsboro, MO to appear in the first championship event in the school’s history. Farmington H.S., Oak Park H.S. and Licking H.S. were the opponents. Big schools, big crowds and the biggest girls they had ever seen on a volleyball court greeted the Red Knights. However, the team with the biggest heart, most determination and unparalleled team chemistry stood the tallest and captured the 1976 state title by defeating Licking H.S. in a thrilling three game match. In 1976, the tradition and the legacy of Incarnate Word Academy volleyball had its modest beginnings in Hillsboro, MO. No one could have imagined the IWA history this Red Knight team began on that November evening.