Johnson-Lynch loves her team’s talent and now she searches for ballhandlers.


Christy Johson-Lynch was pretty excited about prospects for her volleyball team at last week’s media day. Considering the team’s significant graduation losses from a year ago, the positive buzz was noticeable.

 “We’re talented,” Johnson-Lynch said. “I’m really excited about the athletes we have on the floor this year.”

 The Cyclones must replace two-time All-American Alison Landwehr at setter. That’s offset, some, with the return of All-Americans Kristen Hahn (libero) and Victoria Hurtt (outside hitter).

 Johnson-Lynch did note that the team’s ballhandling – which could be impacted by the graduation of Landwehr – will likely determine success.

 “We are athletic and very talented,” Johnson-Lynch reiterated. “But, we have to pass and handle the ball well enough for those (athletic) hitters to get the ball.”

 Johnson-Lynch, a former All-America setter herself in college, is enthused.

 “For me, it’s a new challenge because we have so much to replace,” she said. “It’s going to be a challenge, but I’m excited for the challenge.”

 Johnson-Lynch probably knows there are answers on her roster and that’s the source of her enthusiasm. She and her staff just have to figure how the pieces go together.