A Mental Game: Winning over Parkway South


Hayden Gust

Pattonville varsity boys’ volleyball huddles discussing strategies for the next set

Hayden Gust, Staff Writer

Sometimes winning is a matter of getting into the right mindset. No matter the skill level, if the mental game is off, the score will not be in your favor.

For the Varsity Boys’ Volleyball players, getting their heads right was key to their win over Parkway South on May 3.

Assistant Coach Alexa Kramer explained what the team does while struggling. “We will talk about what is working and focus on doing those things following the timeout.”

Timeouts are important to center energy and get the team’s head back into the game.

For freshman Tyler Egbert, the power of the group’s mentality helped him keep going.

“Even though we lost the first set, we bounced back and won the next three. We had some fun doing so too.

— Tyler Egbert

According to senior Matthew Reese having the right energy is the key to success. “We kept our energy pretty high that game, except for the first set, we let our energy dip,” Reese said.

The team won the game 3-1 in their favor.

The team however underestimated their opponent.

“We thought the game would be easier than it was, that’s why we dropped a set to them,” Reese said.

While the game was won, that isn’t to say that it didn’t come without struggles.

“We all get into the huddle and discuss our gameplans and keep a level head,” senior Wyatt Martin said.