Miami Herald (Sunday) - - OPINION -

My twin sis­ter and I made a dif­fi­cult choice to trans­fer high schools for our se­nior year to help our vol­ley­ball ca­reers. We had no idea what was to come. We left be­hind all of our friends with the goal of go­ing to a new school and win­ning a state cham­pi­onship.

We worked so hard to get to that goal. We ran miles, got pushed to our lim­its, even sus­tained some in­juries on the way. Our team, St. Thomas Aquinas, be­came extremely close. By the end of the sea­son, we were all a fam­ily.

Our coach had to leave be­cause of an emer­gency. This gave us the drive to win the Class 8A state cham­pi­onship game for her. My twin and I also won it for each other. It all felt like a dream. We played like we had the same mind. We signed schol­ar­ships to at­tend dif­fer­ent col­leges and will never play vol­ley­ball to­gether again.

Do not take any­thing for granted, be­cause it will end even­tu­ally. Our joint vol­ley­ball ca­reer is com­ing to an end, but our sis­ter­hood will al­ways be for­ever. – Mal­lory Barash,

Boca Ra­ton

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