International Volleyball Association


International Volleyball Association

The International Volleyball Association was a short lived co-ed professional volleyball league in the United States from 1975 to 1979. Like other major leagues in the United States, it had two geographic divisions. However, its teams were entirely in the west. It is one of the few examples of a professional sports league where men and women competed on the same teams.

In keeping with the "International" name, the league included one team, El Paso-Juarez Sol, which acknowledged both sides of the international twin town in its name.

Divisions

The league started with 5 teams in 1975, but split into two divisions with the addition of the Tucson Turquoise in 1976. The two divisions were Western, which consisted of teams on the Pacific Coast, and a second, called Eastern in 1975 and Continental after 1977, for teams from the Rocky Mountain states.

The only team from the Eastern or Continental Division to win a championship was the Tucson Sky in 1979.

Teams

The teams and the years of existence were:Championship (Best 3 of 5)

Playoffs and Championship

Best 3 of 5

Round 1

Championship

Playoffs and Championships

Best 3 out of 5

Continental Division

1978

Regular Season and Championship

Records for the 1978 are incomplete. The teams finished as follows, with Santa Barbara being the champion.

Playoffs and Championship

Best 3 out of 5

Continental Division

Notable Players

NBA great Wilt Chamberlain played with the Orange County Stars in 1977. ["Tucson Time Capsule", Arizona Daily Star, July 2, 2007]

Notes

External links

* [http://www.geocities.com/prosportshistory/ivastandings.html "International Volleyball Association Standings"]
* [http://www.geocities.com/prosportshistory/ivahistory.html "International Volleyball Association"] at [http://www.geocities.com/prosportshistory/index.html "Major League Sports Almanac"]


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