Winning at UT on coach’s task list


The “to do” list for Iowa State volleyball coach Christy Johnson-Lynch gets shorter each year.

Certainly, there is always another goal out there. The sixth-year Cyclone coach, in fact, feels her program can realistically compete for an NCAA Championship.

But, one pretty significant goal – winning at the University of Texas – could be checked off the list Wednesday night when the ninth-ranked Cyclones play at the No. 13 Longhorns.

“It’s a big task,” Johnson-Lynch said Monday. “We have not won there during my tenure and I hope we can go down there and play well.”

Johnson-Lynch took the reins of dormant program in 2005 and created a national power in short order. Her clubs have played in a NCAA Regional Final, reached the NCAA Regional Semi-Finals three years in a row (one of eight schools to do so), defeated 17 ranked foes and she won 100 matches as coach faster than any of her predecessors. The seven All-Americans in school history all played for her and attendance has skyrocketed 409 percent since her hiring.

But, beating Texas on the road has never happened. The streak is at 16. One thing about Johnson-Lynch and her club is that they like challenges and Wednesday night is the latest one.

The Cyclones did defeat second-ranked Texas at Hilton Coliseum last year and, with that win, came confidence.

“It’s safe to say Texas remembers that match,” Johnson-Lynch said. “That might be some video they watch to get fired up (this week).”

The opportunity to cross one more thing off her task list, however, is the type of motivation Coach Johnson-Lynch thrives on.

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