Hi! My name is Petyon Kriegel. I am currently a Junior at Center Point-Urbana High School in Center Point, Iowa. My nickname is "P" which isn't real original, but everyone tells me yelling, "Let's go Peyton!" is awkward. I have been the starting Libero for the Center Point-Urbana Storm'n Pointers for the past three seasons. We had a very successful season this year, placing second in the WAMAC West Conference, and finishing the season with a record of 27-12-0 in Iowa Class 3A. I received WaMaC Conference Honors for the second consecutive season and was selected for the Ed Thomas Legacy Leadership Academy.
I am a multiple sport athlete, with volleyball being my primary sport and the sport I wish to pursue after high school. I play basketball, softball and run hurdles on my high school track team. In addition to club volleyball I play AAU basketball for Iowa Prep. Oh, I forgot to mention, I play the trumpet too. Whenever possible, I volunteer coach for the Center Point-Urbana 10/11U club volleyball team. I am involved in Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA), serve as a Class Officer and I am a member of Student Senate. Being a multiple sport athlete and fine arts student has taught me a great deal beyond sports and music. I have had to learn to respond to different coaches and program expectations. I have to navigate various schedules and choices based on my schedule. I have learned how to communicate with my coaches, directors, sponsors and teachers when schedule conflicts arise. These conversations can be difficult, but I have learned it is better to over communicate than to make assumptions.
I am extremely busy, but pursuing my interests and taking advantage of the opportunities in front of me in high school is important to me. I know I don't get these same opportunities in life back after I graduate. Being busy and involved in multiple activities has taught me how to manage my time, and take advantage of down time when I have it (also known as napping).
Last season I played club for the Iowa Rockets 16R. The capstone of our season was a 2nd place finish in the National Division at the Junior National Championships in Detroit. I have returned to the Iowa Rockets for the 2018-2019 club season. Prior to the 2017-2018 club season I played for Club Iowa Juniors (CIA). Changing clubs pushed me out of my comfort zone. I had to adjust to new expectations/demands, new training systems, different rotations, different defenses and new teammates. I had to earn playing time and the trust of my teammates and coaches. This was a valuable experience for me. I am better prepared to navigate new situations and challenges throughout the remainder of high school, in college and later in life.
I have a strong work ethic, enjoy learning and do well academically. I am currently ranked 1st in my high school class of 129 students. I am already taking some college level courses as a high school student. After the first test in a college level class, I learned that I need to study even when work isn't assigned. I want to pursue a career in the medical field which means my college classes will be fairly demanding. I am interested in pediatrics, so finding the "just right" college or university fit is what is most important to me.
Continuing my volleyball career at the collegiate level is something I am striving for. My hope is to find a college or university volleyball program that believes I am the "just right" fit for them. It is important to me that my collegiate athletic career complements my goals for volleyball and my future career goals.