BRIDGETON, New Jersey (WPVI) — “You know, you have friends here and there, but when it comes to sisters, you’re best friends no matter what,” Grace Albert said. “You always love them.”
Albert can’t remember a time when her younger twin sisters, Isabella and Gabriella, weren’t by her side. The 17-year-old junior at Cumberland Regional High School joined the tennis team during her freshman year, and the twins soon followed.
“We have breakfast with each other, we eat dinner with each other, we do everything together,” said Albert. “So bringing that to the field gives a different feeling of teammates and camaraderie that, like, you can’t duplicate.”
The sisters have a unique dynamic that allows them to encourage, correct and encourage each other during training and tournaments. But from time to time, they clash with each other.
“In tennis, the way it works, you have challenging matches,” head coach Devon Land said. “So the sisters have to actually beat each other to earn those one, two and three spots.”
This year, the sisters ranked their singles in order of birth. Gabriella was in third place, while Isabella, just an hour older, scored the second goal. Grace Albert, also a captain, is in first place.
“I feel, like, extra confidence and extra boost because I know they’re with me,” Gabriella Albert said. “Like, I have my partners in crime right next to me.”
The girls are currently looking forward to the South Jersey Group 2 final in just a few days. Their current team record is 10-3 and 7-0 in the Tri-County.
However, coach Land said that it’s not all about the result.
“They’re better kids than they are players, so that’s what it’s all about for me,” he said.
Once all the sisters graduate, the potential to play at the college level will emerge. But whatever happens, they are confident that they will play tennis together as they grow older.
“I’m so grateful to have them in my life,” Isabella Albert said. “And like, I love them so much and I’m so happy to be with them.”
To learn more about athletics at Cumberland Regional High School, visit their website.
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