BUCYRUS — If it weren’t for the shoes, Galion coach Bob Roesch would never tell his first doubles team apart on the tennis court.
“I go by the color of their shoes,” Roesch said. “They have to have their shoes on and if they don’t I can’t tell them apart.”
In just their second year of playing tennis, twins Kelsey and Sara Cassady won a North Central Conference championship in first doubles during Saturday’s league tournament at the Bucyrus Community Tennis Courts. The Galion duo defeated the Bucyrus’ Courtney Ruehle and Katie Jacobs in the title match, 6-2, 6-3.
Galion won four of the five titles. Bucyrus’ Macy Sheerer prevented a Tiger sweep with her win at first singles. The conference decides its champion based on overall conference record.
A quick glance on the court and both girls appear very similar in both movement and hairstyle, their long pony tails swaying back and forth with each play, but upon closer review there are plenty of differences.
Sara sports hot pink shoes, a tennis racket with orange strings and purple sun glasses. Kelsey, on the other hand, wears neon green shoes, a tennis racket with blue strings and silver sunglasses.
Their color choice in braces are also different. Kelsey alternates her bands in yellow and teal, while Sarah’s top row of teeth are decorated in teal and the bottom are orange.
“We always make sure to get different colors,” Kelsey said.
Growing up the twins played soccer and basketball, and a group of friends from the tennis team talked them into trying out last fall. The twins gave it a shot and now all they talk about is their new favorite sport.
“We love it,” Sara said. “We talk about tennis all the time. That is probably what helps us because we talk about what we need to do.”
In a short amount of time the Cassadys have vastly improved their game, crediting communication as their biggest key to success.
“They are both very competitive and they get on each other so their intensity is always at a high level which is good,” Roesch said. “They are very compatible. They talk on the court very well and are turning into very good tennis players with their athletic ability.”
“Usually we yell at each other, but nicely to get each other pumped up,” Kelsey said.
“When one of us is down we can get the other back up,” Sara added.
The Tigers juniors logged a lot of hours over the summer improving their game. When they weren’t practicing with their teammates there were times they could be found on the road in front of their house, rackets in hand.
“They work a lot on their own and they play a lot,” Roesch said. “You always have a partner when you are a twin.”