Leadership put to test in Lincoln Saturday

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The Iowa State volleyball team’s school-record nine-match winning streak to start the season ended Wednesday at UNI.

Although the loss stung, there is no time to rest as the Cyclones hit the court Saturday at perennial NCAA power Nebraska.

Coach Christy Johnson-Lynch noted earlier this week that her club’s early season success was a “great sign of team leadership and mental toughness.”

Despite the loss in Cedar Falls, the Cyclones have already registered a pair of five-set wins on the road (#9 Florida and North Dakota State) in the last two weeks.

“I really like the way we have played under pressure,” Johnson-Lynch said. “It’s takes experience and leadership to win close matches on the road.”

That leadership will be put to test this weekend with the 11th-ranked Huskers on deck.

Johnson-Lynch rattled off the names of her entire senior class when asked about individual leadership this season. She also singled out a junior for taking ownership.

“Jamie Straube was voted a captain by her teammates and she has taken over matches,” Johnson-Lynch said. “We’ve asked her to do that and she has responded.”

Leadership emerges in times of adversity. Straube, a native of the Cornhusker state, and the four seniors will have a stage in Lincoln to show they can, indeed, lead.

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