Multisport athletes Anna and Kate Griffin prepare for another successful girls' tennis season

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Photo - Kate and Anna Griffin are sophomores and twins who play tennis for two different high schools - Colorado Springs School and Coronado respectively serve for a portrait at the Tutt Fieldhouse at Colorado Springs School on Wednesday February 28, 2018 in Colorado Springs. (Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette).
Kate and Anna Griffin are sophomores and twins who play tennis for two different high schools - Colorado Springs School and Coronado respectively serve for a portrait at the Tutt Fieldhouse at Colorado Springs School on Wednesday February 28, 2018 in Colorado Springs. (Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette).

At first glance, Anna and Kate Griffin don’t look like your typical set of identical twins.

Anna, with long, flowing blond hair, stands a few inches taller than her twin, Kate, a brunette, who rocks a short haircut.

But there’s one family trait that can’t be overlooked between the Griffin twins - their athleticism.

As only sophomores, the pair have seven state tournament appearances thanks to their hard work participating in a combined six varsity sports.

Anna, who attends Coronado, is a member of the Cougar volleyball team, and a singles player for the girls’ tennis team, while Kate, a sophomore at Colorado Springs School, is on the cross country team, is currently playing on the girls’ basketball team, and has just started her spring season playing girls’ tennis and golf.

GIRLS TENNIS PREVIEW
Kate and Anna Griffin are sophomores and twins who play tennis for two different high schools - Colorado Springs School and Coronado respectively are posed for a portrait at the Tutt Fieldhouse at Colorado Springs School on Wednesday February 28, 2018 in Colorado Springs. (Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette). 

The pair started playing tennis at a young age, and although they don’t meet in the regular season due to playing for different schools and in different classifications, the sibling rivalry is still strong on the court.

“We play outside of school and practice together, and there’s definitely that sister rivalry, but it’s all about having fun,” Anna said. “We started playing when we were really young, and there’s always that competition between us, but it’s always fun.”

Anna is a No. 1 doubles player for Coronado and claimed the Class 4A Region 6 title with her partner Timber Alley, who graduated in 2017. Their win helped the Cougars to a third-place finish at regionals. The pair also qualified for state last year.

Anna is one of seven returning varsity tennis players for Coronado - six of whom qualified for last year’s state tournament.

With Kate’s help, CSS coach Colleen Patton Campbell said the Kodiaks have a good chance to win regionals, which would be the school’s first girls’ tennis regional title. Last year CSS placed third at regionals and was 8-4 in the regular season.

Kate is CSS’ top singles player and finished her freshman year with a 10-2 record. Last year she placed second in Class 3A Region 6 and qualified for state at No. 1 singles.

Kate, who is midway through her second year competing in four varsity sports, said it’s a balancing act between athletics and academics - especially now that her girls’ basketball team is in regionals, and girls’ tennis and golf is just getting off the ground.

“It’s pretty difficult, you don’t really get a lot of down time, and there’s definitely some late nights with homework and stuff, but you just kind of have to see where everything fits and figure out a way to work everything in,” Kate said. “But most of the time it’s just alternating every day.”

Although she’s not participating in three sports at once, Anna plays volleyball year round, and must also balance multiple practices and schoolwork, but she said she enjoys the busy schedule.

“Sometimes it’s really hard going from one practice right to another, but it keeps you going,” Anna said. “I really like playing two sports at once because they work really well with each other and it helps me grow as a player for both sports.”