WOODLAND PARK - Hannah and Linnea Sauer are typical of many high school sisters. They fight over the bathroom, nibble on each other’s leftovers, and try to enforce their will upon the other.
But on the volleyball court, the Woodland Park tandem has learned to work together.
“They’ve done a really good job of just playing volleyball,” said Woodland Park volleyball coach Stacy Roshek. “They’ve worked on being able to play next to each other and not fighting with each other. They know their roles and they’re playing more as a team of `sisters’ than sisters.”
Hannah, a senior middle blocker, is a four-year letterman and three year-starter for the Panthers. She broke her ankle as a freshman and saw limited action. Hannah (5-foot-8) is first on team in kills (44) and near the top in several other key categories.
Linnea, a 5-7 junior outside hitter, is second on the team in kills (31) and first in serve receives.
“Hannah has stepped up and is doing a great job in an offensive role,” Roshek said. “Her passing and serve receive is also very good.
“Linnea’s on the outside so she’s going to get more chances in our offense. And she’s also done a good job of passing and serve receive.”
Linnea is definitely the feistier of the two. She wants to outdo Hannah in everything, but she also allows her older sister to lead the way once in a while.
“I let her be the big sister,” Linnea said with a smile. “She doesn’t treat me like dirt, or anything.
“Sometimes we have our scuffles, but we try to help each other out on the court. We don’t want to argue and fight. For the most part we’ve worked out our sibling rivalry on the court.”
Hannah concedes that things weren’t always so rosy, especially during their club days with Pikes Peak Volleyball.
“Our `14s’ year we got in so many fights on the court,” Hannah said. “Now we solve things on our own.”
A third Sauer sister, Kjirsten, played volleyball for Woodland Park and graduated from the school in 2009.
Hannah is one of the Panthers’ three team captains along with senior middle blocker Elin Saxon and senior setter Paloma Juarros. Woodland Park has hit a bumpy stretch, losing six consecutive matches to fall to 2-6. Four of those losses were in the Bishop Machebeuf Tournament.
Things may be starting to turn around. The Panthers went five games with a solid Falcon squad on Sept. 10. They were swept by Palmer Ridge in three straight games on Sept. 13, but were without the services of Linnea, who sat on the bench for disciplinary reasons.
The Panthers open their league portion of their schedule this week with matches against Wasson and Harrison.
“We just have to take it one step at a time,” Linnea said. “We’re playing better as a team.”