Self-analysis leads to less “jumping and hitting” for the Cyclones.


One year ago, the Iowa State volleyball team won its last 9 conference matches to capture second place in the Big 12. The Cyclones are presently on a 5-match winning streak in league play and sitting in second place, a half-game ahead of Kansas.

 So, it’s time to put the pedal to the medal, right? Not necessarily, according to Coach Christy Johnson-Lynch.

 “Every coach’s challenge, especially at the end of the year, is that you want to push-push,” Johnson-Lynch said. “But, you know at some point that is going to bite you. I think that’s been a weakness of mine over the years.”

 Johnson-Lynch has felt her team entered the NCAA Tournament worn down several times.

 “Over the past couple of years, we have talked to a lot of people about how to do a better job,” Johnson-Lynch said. “It’s hard because you want to get better and, in volleyball, if you want to get better you have to jump and hit.”

 The 8th-year coach, however, is limiting the hitting and jumping in days following matches this season.

 “I want to keep pushing at some things but we’re finding out we’re not getting much in return from (jumping and hitting),” Johnson-Lynch said. “We need to look big picture and understand where we want to be in December.”

 Where do the Cyclones want to be in December? That’s easy… in the NCAA Tournament, well-rested and ready to jump and hit with the nation’s best.