The Iowa State volleyball team was in a slump earlier this month. Two losses in three matches preceded a slow start at Texas Tech (losing 16-25 in the first set).The Cyclones were in crisis mode. “When we were down one game at Texas Tech, that was pressure,” Head Coach Christy Johnson-Lynch said. “In fact, that might be as much pressure as we’ve felt all season.” The team rebounded that night and has won six sets in a row since and outscored its opposition by a staggering 150-86 margin. What happened? “We talked about using competitive anger,” Johnson-Lynch said. “Go out and being angry about how we played.” Johnson-Lynch had read a quote from North Carolina women’s soccer coach Anson Dorrance – whose career record is 737-47-28 – that included a reference to “competitive anger.” “That’s been a theme for us for a couple of weeks and I think they (our team) liked it and embraced it,” Johnson-Lynch said. “Sometimes, you have to play with anger and that’s ok.” Earlier this year, Johnson-Lynch felt her team was tentative. I think she likes the angrier team better.
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