Niagara Gazette — “We’re like best friends,” Brianna added. “We spend more time together than we do with our friends and probably even the rest of our family.”
When off the court, they each play softball for the Amherst Lightning Elite college showcase teams and for Starpoint, where Brianna especially excels.
The older sister has led the Spartans in batting average for the past three seasons, earning team MVP honors the previous two and playing third base while Madison holds down second.
“I love volleyball, but softball has always been my sport,” Brianna said. “Softball is my thing and volleyball is hers.”
Since the sisters joined the varsity team together three years ago, helping the Spartans through their growing pains called for the sisters to experience some of their own.
In seventh grade, Brianna tore her ACL playing basketball. For two and a half years, her injury went misdiagnosed until a trip to the doctor last fall revealed its severity along with a meniscus tear.
Before surgery, Brianna struggled to play sports on her bad knee. She missed her sophomore season of volleyball and was worried she’d miss softball, too, if the outlook didn’t improve quickly.
“It was kind of scary,” Brianna said. “Sometimes my knee would give out out of nowhere. I’d just be standing around and all of a sudden I’d be falling backward.”
So it was physical therapy three days a week while she sat on the sidelines and kept stats watching Madison play volleyball.
“My sister really supported me through the whole thing,” Brianna said. “It was really tough for me to watch knowing I couldn’t be out there, but I learned a lot. I got to really watch my sister become a better volleyball player, and that was really cool.”
Madison did get better. Fast.