Published Wednesday, June 8, 2011 AT 11:51 AM / Updated at 12:01 PM
NU-ISU volleyball lives on
Rich Kaipust Omaha World-Herald

It was important to Christy Johnson-Lynch that Nebraska and Iowa State keep playing volleyball into the future — and something the former Husker setter and current Cyclone head coach always hoped would happen.

That was taken care of last summer by a phone call involving her and Nebraska coach John Cook.

“That was one of the first conversations I had with Coach Cook after the breakup of the (Big 12) conference,” Johnson-Lynch said. “We feel really excited and fortunate that he wants to continue to play, so we’ve agreed to come to Lincoln here and he’s going to return that the next year.”

Their first confrontation with NU as a Big Ten member and ISU still part of the Big 12 will come Sept. 17 at the Devaney Center in Lincoln. The Huskers will visit Ames in 2012, and Johnson-Lynch said her intentions are for the series to then keep alternating in following years.

Next September, the teams will meet right before they head into their respective league seasons.

“I think that’s perfect preparation for conference play,” Johnson-Lynch said.

Johnson-Lynch talked about the ISU-NU volleyball series continuing while in Omaha on Tuesday night for the Iowa State Tailgate Tour stop at Henry Doorly Zoo. That followed ISU football coach Paul Rhoads lamenting that the schools would no longer meet on the gridiron.

While Nebraska and Iowa State will play volleyball next September in the Devaney Center, Johnson-Lynch said she believes the Huskers’ permanent move from the NU Coliseum to Devaney in 2014 will be good for the program.

“I never would have pictured that, but I think it’s a great move because they’ve outgrown the Coliseum,” said Johnson-Lynch, the Millard North grad who was an All-American for NU in 1994 and ’95. “As wonderful as the Coliseum is, more people would like to come see them play.”

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