Bartlesville’s Lydia Knollmeyer – Character Counts Presented by Conoco Phillips
By Travis Sloat
Lydia Knollmeyer is a senior who is no stranger to piloting the ship. As captain of the Bartlesville volleyball and basketball teams, she said she’s realizing the impact of her attitude on the team.
“I take those roles very seriously,” Knollmeyer said. “I tried to make sure our team was always on the same page and working towards our team goals. I had to hold myself to a higher standard of showing up and giving 100% even if I didn’t feel like it. Encouragement through practice and our games help pull us together and play as a team.”
The 17 year old Lady Bruin has been playing basketball for 13 years, and volleyball for six years. She said the basketball team is young this year, but that’s not always a bad thing.
“With that comes a lot of energy as well as some inexperience,” she said. “It forces us upperclassmen to step up and lead. My personal goal this season is to give my all every day in practice, and in every game. I’m going to college on a volleyball scholarship, so this is my last year to play basketball. I’m just trying to soak up every minute with the teammates and sport I love.”
Knollmeyer said it was important to make sure having character wasn’t just something she displayed on the court.
“I try and hold my character through kindness,” she said. “The acts don’t have to be big, as a matter of fact I believe the little things matter more sometimes.”