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Sporty Siblings: Playing With The Ultimate Teammate

Siblings are a blessing and a curse. In media, they are often portrayed as either best friends or mortal enemies. Dealing with family in your day to day life is a careful balancing act, but what happens when your siblings become your teammate?  Although I began my volleyball journey freshman year, my sister Drew deGuzman […]

Siblings are a blessing and a curse. In media, they are often portrayed as either best friends or mortal enemies. Dealing with family in your day to day life is a careful balancing act, but what happens when your siblings become your teammate? 

Although I began my volleyball journey freshman year, my sister Drew deGuzman (‘23), began when she was eleven years old. This three year head start before high school allowed her to develop her skills, so it was no surprise to me when she made the varsity volleyball team as a freshman.  While I had full confidence in her abilities, Drew, the only freshman to make the team, was nervous to play with no one her age and lacked the comfort of her friends on the Freshman and JV teams.

“In the beginning of the year when I made the team, I was worried I was just going to be known as ‘Dylan’s little sister,’ and everybody wouldn’t see me as part of the team and only see me as another cheerleader which I had been in the past,” Drew confessed. “But it was more of something that helped me rather than something that I thought would be bad”

I understood why she would be apprehensive of the “shadows” that older siblings tend cast over their younger siblings, but I was extremely happy to know that she did not completely dread spending so much time with me. Even though she did comment that there were long days where one of us tended to snap at the other.

“There comes a point where we both need our space, and so sometimes when I was joking around with you and you wanted to be alone, I would be like ‘oh my God, Dylan is being mean today.’”

Drew and I are not the only sibling duo on the CB campus — there are actually many of us. From the Ashley and Jamie Ancog on the tennis team to the Quinn twins on the water polo team, CB siblings add something special to these sports. When I asked Caleb Quinn (‘20) about playing water polo with his brother, Colin Quinn (‘20), he had only positive comments.

“It is fun and also good having someone so close to you play a sport that you play,” he says, “We’ve grown up playing sports our whole lives together, so it’s pretty cool to have your brother on the team, but then again it just seems normal to me.”

Although you may think spending so much time with your siblings would drive you crazy, having a sibling on the team with you is an automatic support system to fall back on when you are having a bad day or coaches are just in a bad mood. We can always rely on our siblings to be our biggest cheerleaders when we have those picture perfect moments. 

On the final game of our season, we were up against the first seeded team, but we held our own. The rallies were long, scrappy, and tiring. When I had a solo block to end one very long rally, I could only smile and laugh as Drew jumped up and down screaming, “That’s my sister!”

Spending the past four months in practice together everyday after school, long car rides to away games blasting music, and at games screaming cheers at each other until our lungs give out has been the most amazing experience. As a senior, it was great to spend some quality time together and make some awesome memories with her before I leave for college next year. This volleyball season holds a special place in my heart because of her, and I would not change any part of it. Although your team becomes your family over the season, there is nothing better than having your sibling by your side through the victories and losses. 

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