State tennis tournament: McGuinness twins Morgan, Madison Schick have come a long way

On Friday and Saturday, the twins, seniors and McGuinness tennis players played in the state tennis tournament. Morgan was knocked from the tournament on Friday at No. 1 singles, while Madison finished in fourth place on Saturday at No. 2 doubles with her partner, Katie Conrad.
BY STEPHANIE KUZYDYM, Staff Writer, skuzydym@opubco.com Published: May 4, 2013
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For Morgan and Madison Schick, tennis started as a way to spend a Friday night and eat some post-practice pizza with friends when they were just 5 years old.

Their first week playing, Madison, younger by one minute, took her racket to school for show and tell.

Many matches have been played since then, and on Friday and Saturday, the twins, seniors and McGuinness tennis players played in the state tennis tournament. Morgan was knocked from the tournament on Friday at No. 1 singles, while Madison finished in fourth place on Saturday at No. 2 doubles with her partner, Katie Conrad.

There was a time, though, when they played doubles together — and it didn't go so well.

It wasn't sisterly arguments that kept them from excelling on the court. They both said they are each other's best friend, and they share the same group of friends.

It was the telepathy. They finish each other's sentences, have similar looking strokes and carry the same laid-back demeanor with a gentle smile, but on court, the errors one was making were the same errors the other one committed.

“When one of us was missing something, the other one was missing it,” Morgan started.

“When I play with Katie, she and I complement each other because she's good at hitting it hard and I'm good at keeping it in,” Madison continued.

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