Captains’ Corner: Girls Bowling, Olivia Maus and Vera Puglisi

Kyle Cohen, Staff Writer

 

Kyle Cohen: Thanks for joining me Olivia and Vera.  How did the season go compared to your expectations before it started?

 

VP: Well, there were a lot of new girls who joined, which was helpful because  we lost five seniors last year.

 

KC: Welcoming a new team is fun.  When did you two start bowling with the varsity team?

 

Olivia Maus: I started in my sophomore year.

 

VP: And I did in my freshman year.

 

KC: How do you approach every bowling match?  Do you have any rituals to get your mind in a certain state?

 

VP: I try and go in with a positive attitude and focus on the game, but remembering to just have fun is always important.

 

KC: How did coach Mr. Kevin Braddish help you to better yourselves as bowlers throughout the season, and your careers?

 

OM: He really helped to keep us focused.  He always reminded us to have fun.

 

VP: He would watch me bowl, see what I was doing wrong, and then help me fix my mistakes with constructive feedback.

 

KC: I know being a captain comes with a lot of extra responsibility.  How was your experience as captains this past season?  Was it harder than you had originally thought it would be?

 

OM: It was nice having the younger players look up to us and ask for help.

 

KC: Do you guys feel more pressure in a sport like bowling because it is only you, rather than a team sport?

 

OM: The team scores are added together and you win based on whether your teams combined score beats your opponents, so it is like a team sport.

 

VP: For me, there’s not really that much pressure.  The only thing is trying to keep up with your teammates.

 

KC: How much of being a successful bowler is a part of your mental games?

 

OM: I think you have to stay focused, but at the same time you still have to have certain skills to be a successful bowler.

 

VP: It’s mostly mental.  If you aren’t focused, or you’re having a bad day, you won’t bowl as well as someone who’s focused.

 

KC: Thanks for your time!

 

VP: Thanks for having us!

 

OM: Bye!