'This year has been so much better because I'm with her': Willer sisters bond while holding key roles on Titans volleyball team
Dickinson Trinity sophomore libero Asia Willer began the 2018 campaign unsure of how well she would fill her new role Playing on the Titans 'C' squad a year ago, Willer made the leap to varsity this season. The prospect of joining the team one ye...
Dickinson Trinity sophomore libero Asia Willer began the 2018 campaign unsure of how well she would fill her new role
Playing on the Titans 'C' squad a year ago, Willer made the leap to varsity this season. The prospect of joining the team one year removed from a state appearance was admittedly intimidating, but with the help of her teammates, Willer's transition to the top team has been a smooth one.
"I was nervous at first, but my teammates really helped me get through it and were super supportive," Willer said. "It's really special this year because we all are such good friends, so our team chemistry has been really good this year. It's just really fun to be a part of it because we play well together."
One particular teammate has helped with Willer's call up to varsity: her twin sister, sophomore middle hitter Amaya Willer.
Seeing large chunks of action on the floor as a freshman on the Region 7 championship team from a year ago, Amaya Willer said last season was memorable. However, that experience doesn't compare to having her sister by her side this season.
"I like it so much more this season, because last year was so different to not have my sister around me," Amaya Willer said. "We do everything together, I knew that she could do it. This year has been so much better because I'm with her."
Winners of their last eight matches, the Titans boast a 31-5 record, including a 9-0 mark against Region 7 competition. In that stretch of victories, the Willers have been impactful. During the six contests in the month of October, Amaya Willer has collected 38 kills and nine blocks while Asia Willer has tallied 54 digs and five aces.
"They've both contributed in different ways, but both in very important ways," Dickinson Trinity head coach. "Amaya, in the front row, is someone who is consistent and someone we can trust with the ball. Asia is scrappy and can pick up a lot that can be thrown her way."
While the duo is on the same team, they are never actually on the court at the same time.
When Asia subs into the match as the libero, Amaya, the middle blocker, has to take a sit, and vice versa. The view on the bench allows the two to see the game from a different perspective and provide encouragement from in close.
"I wish I could be playing with her, but it means a lot to me to watch her play," Amaya Willer said. "Last year was really hard with me on varsity and her on C squad because I never really knew what to talk about with her, I didn't want to make her feel bad. I still love watching her, but I wish we could be playing together at the same time."
The sisters have been playing volleyball since the fifth grade. From the start, because of their relationship, the Willers have been able to give each other tips and pointers with honesty and respect.
"It's a lot easier to give constructive criticism to each other," Asia Willer said. "We just take each other seriously and we know that we are not trying to be mean, we are just trying to help each other out."
While Amaya and Asia play contrasting positions on the floor, the duo is fairly similar off of it, sharing the same interests and likes, for the most part.
"My favorite color is pink and her favorite color is green, but we both like the same things," Amaya Willer said. "With sports, music, etc., we love the same things. Honestly, our personalities are the same."