Published: Sept. 20, 2013

Nikki Lindow had heard CU Volleyball coach Liz Kritza’s tales of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita and the Tulane team’s forced relocation to College Station, Texas. Lindow might have even rolled her eyes once or twice; she was a self-described rodeo junkie, an aspiring barrel racer from Erie who had to be prodded into pursuing the sport that would earn her a college scholarship rather than hopping onto the rodeo circuit immediately after high school.

Lindow has learned a lot, undoubtedly grown a lot, over the past week and a half. Her coach’s stories of Tulane’s 2005 season now register more clearly. Kritza’s recollections of a community in shock, people helping people and teammates reaching out have come into focus.

Lindow’s story begins when the rains began falling on Wednesday, Sept. 11. “It was crazy on campus,” she recalled. “Students were saying it was exciting, they had never seen anything like this before. Nobody was thinking for a second it was going to be a national disaster.” Full story >>