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.
“We weren't that way,” Morgan said.
It was a mess. So was that time last year when their family went to France and they played in a tennis tournament and they had to face each other in the finals.
Madison won that won, but neither twin offers up the score. Scores don't matter between these two sisters.
But this year went much better for them playing separately. They also said their team collectively got better, and both were satisfied with their finish in the state tournament. The Irish went from finishing eighth as a team last year to fifth this year.
Now their identical standardized test scores and GPA, despite getting different grades in different classes, are sending them to Wake Forest in the fall.
Although they agreed they learned a lot and grew from their high school tennis experience, they are hoping to join the Wake Forest club tennis team and maybe even do a little traveling with the team.
“Just playing recreationally,” Madison said about their future.
“Keep playing for fun,' Morgan added.
Then they both agreed at the same time that even if there isn't a pizza party or a state medal at stake, they'll continue playing tennis.