LEXINGTON — One sign of a good team is a family atmosphere and cohesion among the players. But for the Lexington volleyball team, the family atmosphere on the team is quite literal.
Two sets of sisters will suit up for the Golden Bears when they take on Oakman in the North Super Regional on Friday in Huntsville; senior middle hitter Sydney Corum and her freshman sister Kendyll, along with junior setter Savannah Stults and her eighth-grade sister Morgan.
“I’ve coached two nieces before, but I’ve never had two sets of sisters on the varsity team all at once,” Lexington coach Melissa Hammond said. “They get mad at each other sometimes, but that’s a sister thing for you. They’re always hanging out with each other on and off the court. They’re really close.”
Sydney Corum said it’s been fun playing with her younger sister, even if she doesn’t always listen to her advice.
“I try to help her but she doesn’t listen to me, she just gets mad,” Sydney said with a laugh.
“I don’t get mad,” Kendyll replied. “I just know it already.”
But Kendyll did admit that watching and learning from her older sister has greatly helped her with her volleyball ability.
“She does help me a lot,” Kendyll said. “I watch how she stays down on the back row and how she serves and learn from that.
“Her serves are really good, but mine are better,” she said with a smile.
Both sisters started playing volleyball in the seventh grade, and Kendyll said her sister’s success and love of the sport got her into playing as well.
“I always watched her playing in the games and at home,” she said. “I would pass to her at home when I was little.”
Similarly, Morgan Stults said watching her sister Savannah play for Lexington got her interested in the sport.
“She’s always up here practicing and I would stay after school with her,” Morgan said. “We’ve always been real close, and enjoy each other.”
Savannah is a setter while Morgan, who is a few inches taller than her older sister, is a hitter. But that doesn’t mean the sisters can’t work together to improve.
“We’ll stay after practice and I’ll set to her,” Savannah said. “I like having her around and it’s fun to work on my game with her.”
While some sibling rivalries could take place with two sets of sisters on the same team, Hammond said that’s not the case with this team.
“It’s been an advantage for us,” Hammond said. “There are always tradition and expectations here and with Savannah and Sydney being such great players, their younger sisters want to follow in their footsteps. It makes them work harder because they want to be the best they can be for them. They don’t want to let their sisters down.”
And while the older sisters are keeping the Lexington volleyball tradition going this season with a trip to the regional tournament and a possible return trip to the state tournament, it will be the younger siblings’ responsibility to keep that tradition alive in the future. And that’s something that Sydney Corum can’t wait to see.
“I’m looking forward to coming back and watching Kendyll play,” Sydney said. “I’m excited to have a reason to come back and I know she’ll help keep the tradition here strong.”
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