Student-athlete spotlight: Sisters spark competition on volleyball court at Chaparral

Siblings play different positions but share competitive drive


One opinion you often hear from many athletes is that the team is like a family.

For the Chaparral girls volleyball squad, the team is literally like a family.

There are two pairs of sisters on this year’s varsity. Junior Savannah Salter and her sophomore sister Briannah play for the Wolverines along with junior Sydni Brandon and her younger sister, sophomore Makenzie.

Last season sisters Katie and Julianna Dalton were members on Chap’s team along with their cousin Emma Ammerman.

“It’s kind of weird,” admitted Wolverines coach Amanda West. “I don’t predict it happening often, but it’s fun that they are a year apart to be able to have them on the same team and have the parent support. It’s really fun, and I would say that about the girls from last year too.

“They get along really well on and off the court,” West continued about the sisters on the 2021 roster. “It’s very refreshing and I think it’s beneficial to be able to go home and talk over dinner like about what’s going on, how can I improve here, what are you seeing? Because they play different positions, the competition isn’t there and they can really support each other.”

Savannah Salter, an outside hitter, and Briannah, a middle blocker, have played together before on club and beach volleyball teams.

“It used to be a lot harder but now it’s a little bit easier because we are more focused on the game rather than with each other,” said Savannah. “Once in a while there will be a play where maybe something happens and I’ll let the ball drop or she’ll let the ball drop and you have a miscommunication. Sometimes we’ll argue but it is usually off the court.’’

The Salter sisters are competitive.

“We’re pretty competitive even at home like when we are playing a board game or something,” said Savannah. “We’re very competitive with each other sometimes we fight about that but most of the time we’re pretty good.”

Savannah and Briannah have several classes together in school.

“The more we’ve got to play together it has gotten better,” said Briannah. “We go over homework or whatever we are doing at home and we hang out a lot too.”

This season is the first time the Brandon sisters have played together.

“I really like playing with my sister,” said Sydni. “We don’t really play a lot together but we get along really well. I now have an extra support system and we get to help each other.

“If we have something to correct, she can always correct me. When we watch film she tells me what I do wrong. I’m really competitive. And yes, it carries over the dinner table at home.”

Makenzie likes having her sister around.

“This is the first year we’ve actually been playing together,” she said. “It’s been like an extra set of eyes for me.”



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