Johnson-Lynch had mixed feelings about ’12, but her enthusiasm for ’13 is obvious

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Christy Johnson-Lynch shared mixed feelings at her year-end media conference Monday.

“It was one of my favorite seasons and just really very enjoyable,” the architect of one of college volleyball’s greatest turn-around jobs said of the ’12 campaign. “That being said, the last two weeks were disappointing (because) we did not play well in the NCAA Tournament.”

Making the NCAA’s Sweet 16 pleased the seventh-year coach, especially after a slow start had her wondering whether a tournament bid was coming. She was proud of the team’s perseverance and ability to fashion a great season.

“We were elite at times, especially when we played Texas,” Johnson-Lynch said. “It was a very high level of volleyball that night. (And,) a lot of that good talent is coming back.”

Johnson-Lynch admitted several great seniors are graduating after taking the program to a new level.

“It was a great group, great students, great leaders and great people,” she said of the seniors. “We’re going to miss their numbers and stats, but I’m really going to miss their character.”

At the same time, Johnson-Lynch smiled at the thought of continuing to develop Tenisha Matlock (“ready for a breakout year”) and Kristen Hahn (“great leader and motivator”), who will take leadership reins in 2013.

“I’m so excited about the future and the talent we have coming back,” Johnson-Lynch summarized.

Cyclone volleyball fans are equally excited, Christy.

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