Niagara Gazette — Three years ago, the Starpoint varsity girls volleyball program had a lot of growing to do.
The Spartans won just one game in 2010, and first-year head coach Kristie Slack knew her team had a long way to go before it could be competitive.
But 2010 wasn’t just Slack’s first season behind the wheel of the varsity program. She was also joined by sisters Brianna and Madison Clark, each in their first season playing varsity volleyball.
Since day one, Brianna, then a freshman, and Madison, an eighth-grader, showed Slack she had plenty to look forward to.
Now, after leading the team to a 9-7 record in their junior and sophomore seasons, respectively, Starpoint’s first since moving down from Class A — the Clark sisters have helped the Spartans grow into a team ready to contend as the Section VI Class B sectionals get underway tonight.
“There’s definitely a unique connection between the two of them,” Slack said. “The rest of the team feeds off what they do. There’s no question our success stems from them. They really have led the program to become what it is right now.”
The Clark sisters are the perfect compliment to one another, Slack said.
This season, as Madison works primarily out of the setter position running the team’s offense, Brianna anchors the defense as outside hitter.
Madison leads the Spartans in kills (114), assists (150) and aces (63) while Brianna tops the team with 195 digs.
The Clark sisters, separated by just 16 months, do just about everything together both on and off the court. It’s been that way all their lives.
Sleepovers. Homework. Other sports. You name it.
“We’re both really competitive,” Madison said. “We push each other to do better. We’re always practicing together, always trying to out-do each other.”