Tiedman Sisters Team Together

Ethan Spalding and Ben Kraus, staff reporters

Many sports have siblings who perform on high levels at the same time. The NFL has the Manning brothers. Tennis has the Williams sisters. Baseball has the Upton brothers.

And this past season, South volleyball had the Tiedman sisters. After a hard-fought regular season and a surprising playoff run, the sisters can still look back at the family affair that was.

Becca Teidman, a senior captain, and outside hitter, has been playing volleyball competitively since she was in fifth grade. According to Becca, though she was originally a basketball player, she switched to volleyball because of the intensity it offered, as well as her love for the team aspect of the sport.

“It’s more of a team sport so you really have to work with each other more,” Becca said.

Rachel, a junior setter, also started playing volleyball in fifth grade. According to Rachel, she originally tried out for the OLPH volleyball team because many of her friends were on the team. She also gives credit to her sister for getting her involved with the sport.

“She [joined the team] the year before me, so [that] probably introduced it to me more,” Rachel said.

This season marked the first time that the sisters are on the varsity team together. According to senior outside hitter Kelsey Eenigenburg, this helped the team as a whole.

“Having them on the team has helped bring juniors and seniors together because they have that bond [we’ve become] really close,” Eenigenburg said.

Eenigenburg is not alone in this sentiment. Head coach Katie Hoover also believes that the sisters have a unique relationship that is rarely seen in high school sports.

“I’ve coached sisters before, and I’ve never had sisters that work together as well as they do […] It’s pretty special,” Hoover explained.

Each sister has experienced a role change this year. According to Becca, being a senior and captain has made her become more of a leader.

“She uses her voice to refocus [the team] when we might be getting off track, and to inspire everyone on the court to believe in themselves,” Hoover said.

Rachel, on the other hand, is also seeing her role change in her first year on the varsity squad. According to Rachel, this has caused her to take the sport more seriously and enjoy it more.

Despite her relative lack of experience, Rachel still believes that she can be a leader.

“I try to make other people feel better on the court and be encouraging, and [because of] the position I play [I’m] expected to be a leader [and] basically have to take control of the team,” Rachel said.

Eenigenburg believes that sisters and their relationship were very important to the team’s success.

“There was a game where Rachel was really frustrated with how she was playing […] so Becca just went up to her and told her she was doing good, and right after that Rachel went back out onto the floor [and] was so confident and pulled the win out for the team,” Eenigenburg said.