Margaret Yanics, '84 ~ Red Knight Great

Margaret Yanics was a giant of a volleyball player. While some may believe that is a reference to her height, in reality, it is more of a reference to her impact on the game of volleyball, especially Incarnate Word Volleyball. Margaret was a varsity volleyball player for four year and was an important component in the 1982 and 1983 state championship teams. During the summer between junior and senior years, Margaret was also a member of the Junior Olympic Volleyball team that finished fourth in the nation. Margaret was a driving force on that team also and was rewarded for her stellar play by being voted to the Junior Olympic All American team. During her senior year, Margaret was the dominant player on a dominant team. When a big point was need in a big game, all the IWA fans knew where the ball was going to be set. The opposing team knew too, but there was little they could do about it. After helping IWA to their second state championship in a row, Margaret was voted the most outstanding player on the Red Knight squad. Margaret was rewarded for her stellar high school career with a scholarship to the University of Missouri where she continued to be a dominant player as she had been most of her high school days. Even though she graduated almost twenty years ago, Margaret holds the following records at Mizzou since graduating in 1988: 5th overall for digs in a season; 8th overall for digs per game; 10th overall for kills in a season; 15th overall for kills per game; and 4th overall for attack attempts. Today Margaret works as a RN, BSN at St John’s Mercy Medical Cardiac Catheterization Lab.