Twin sisters Abby and Emma Benson are both playing for the Junior Bisons U16 club volleyball team. (Brook Jones/Selkirk Journal/Postmedia Network)
Abby and Emma Benson are not only twin sisters, but the duo are both excelling on the court as volleyball players.
The sisters are both competing for the Junior Bisons U16 Gold club volleyball team.
“It’s exciting,” Abby said during a practice at Investors Group Athletic Centre Feb. 1.
After a successful volleyball season with the Lord Selkirk Royals junior varsity girls’ volleyball team where the team won the Manitoba High Schools Athletic Association provincial volleyball championship, the 15-year-olds decided to pro-long their volleyball season by trying out for the Junior Bisons club team.
Abby and Emma are no strangers to the club volleyball concept as they both competed in the Royals club volleyball program, but the time had come for them to move on to the Junior Bisons.
Emma is a libero which is player who is specialized in defensive skills.
“Their (U of M) training is awesome,” Abby said. “My goal is to be a starting libero and I am working really hard.”
Emma said the benefit of playing for the Junior Bisons is the access to the training facilities at the University of Manitoba.
Abby explained the avail of playing with the Junior Bisons is the opportunity to have University of Manitoba Bisons volleyball coaching staff work with the team as well as current volleyball players and alumni.
According to Junior Bisons U16 head coach Sydney Purvis, she would like to see more athletes from Selkirk participate in the club volleyball program at U of M.
When Abby and Emma tried out for the club team, they definitely impressed the head coach. Purvis said that the future is bright for the duo are going to be phenomenal athletes. She noted that when it comes to they skill sets on the volleyball court that they are extremely athletic.
It’s remarkable that Abby was selected for the team, as she had broken figure at the time of tryouts, but her volleyball skills were noted when Purvis saw her play the previous season.
“Abby and Emma are very raw and very talented,” Purvis said, who played for the University of Manitoba Bisons women’s volleyball team. “They both work so hard and they are both so nice to coach.”
What Purvis admirers about Abby and Emma is the fact they not only push each other, but also push their teammates in practice.
“Skill wise they are extremely athletic,” Purvis noted.