The Mount Si girls’ volleyball program this season has been built on team unity and chemistry. For several of the players, though, chemistry is old hat; there are at least three sets of sisters on the team, two of which participated on varsity during the Kingco Tournament.
The Larions, senior Alisha and freshman sister Aubrey, and the Schirmers, senior Sine and sophomore Robyn, were all part of the Kingco postseason event. For both sets of sisters, with the oldest in each pair being seniors, this will be their last time (and in the Larions’ case, the only time, since Aubrey was on the junior varsity this season) they will get a chance to compete together on the Wildcat varsity squad.
For Aubrey Larion, the opportunity to compete in the postseason with her older sister on the varsity team comes with its benefits and its challenges. “Well, at first it was kind of scary going in for a couple of minutes, but it’s nice to have her because I learn a lot from her and all the other older players,” said Aubrey. She and her junior-varsity teammate Zoe Gogan played in the second game of the Wildcats’ first round sweep of Interlake Oct. 26. Both freshmen, along with junior Cortney Tubbs, were called up for the league tournament after strong junior-varsity seasons.
Alisha Larion feels that pressure for her sister, but says there will be great things that result. “Well, it’s really weird and I’m nervous when she’s out there. I’m, like, on the bench shaking. I’m, like, ‘Come on Aubrey’ and I believe in her and I think she’s on her way to being really good and I think in the next couple of years, Mount Si’s going to be amazing,” Alisha said.
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