LYNN HAVEN, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - When you watch Mosley volleyball, the first thing that stands out stands parallel on the court.
“The one thing in volleyball you can't do, you can't teach height," head coach Michelle Mask said. "Having a 6-1, 6-2 pair of sisters come in and grace your gym, that's pretty impressive.”
12 feet, 3 inches under one roof—on and off the floor.
“This year on this team is the first time we've every played together," Ragan Kinard said.
“We make a pretty good team,” Madison Kinard added.
Ragan is a sophomore. Madison is a freshmen. Although this is their first time being teammates, they're as close as can be...usually.
“Sometimes we can get a little picky at each other, but it's okay! We're sisters! You kind of expect that," Ragan said through laughter.
"We also jab at each other to get blocks and stuff, so that's really fun," Madison also added with a smile. "We're pretty okay on the court, especially if we know if we get mad at each other, we'll probably get in trouble for it!"
Coach Mask agrees, although "what happens at home is a different story, of course.”
What happened at home is how they wound up here. Ragan started playing volleyball in sixth grade. Madison picked up the sport soon after. Now the game is as much a part of their lives as each other.
“So much," Ragan agreed. "I feel like my life revolves around it.”
Their passion is contagious.
“It's just like a constant competition between us on the team," Madison said. "But it's a fun competition.”
“It's almost comical to watch, but they really do encourage and try to get the best out of each other," Mask pointed out. "One is so nervous for the other.”
The nerves are fleeting, but the enthusiasm they inspire is not. From their parents...
“They waited so long for us to play on the same court together, now that it's finally happening they're so excited about it," Madison said.
To the coaches...
I think Mosley volleyball is going to be very exciting for the next two or three years,"Mask beamed. "Watching these two come up together, I think that's going to catch a lot of attention.”
To the sisters themselves...
“I'm going to remember this in 20 years," Ragan said. "Me and Madison are going to be sitting at the dinner table together and be like 'oh my gosh, do you remember when...' It's special.”
It is special.