PRIOR TO LAST FALL, ANDREA AND ALEXIS BODUNRIN HAD FOUND THEMSELVES ON THE SAME COURT IN A COMPETITIVE SETTING ONLY DURING THEIR MIDDLE SCHOOL DAYS.
The duo, who both play for Willowbrook Volleyball Club, are two years apart in age. So, playing on the same club team was never an option. Fast forward to the Fall of 2019 and they got their shot. If little sister, Alexis, could make the varsity team at Frassati Catholic.
"I felt like I had a lot to live up to since [Andrea] made varsity her freshman year," Alexis said. "It was comforting to know I had her there to rely on. I also already knew some people, so it was a good experience."
Alexis and Andrea naturally feed off each other during a match. Andrea is the Falcons' setter, while Alexis is one of the outside hitters.
"It was very exciting but also very nerve-racking," Andrea said. "We can sometimes argue but it's good because we're both so competitive. We want to win. But it was exciting because I'm a setter and she's a hitter, so whenever we got that perfect connection, it was always magic."
Throughout a season, a setter and hitter will eventually pick up on how the other one operates.
For the setter, they figure out where and how to place the ball best in the air for the hitter. That connection for Andrea and Alexis came a little faster and more natural, for the simple fact that they are sisters.
"I could count on her and I know her better than anyone on the court," Andrea said. "I know how she ticks, I know her strengths and weaknesses, so it was interesting how I could play that into my setting."