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October 17, 2010

Londonderry's Schwarz twins could be NH's co-Players of-Year

There is just no separating Megan and Katie Schwarz, the identical twins and star volleyball players for defending Division 1 champion Londonderry.

They have the same outside interests, their prowess in the classroom is nearly identical (they're ranked No. 2 and No. 3 in their class of over 400 students) and, perhaps most of all, they're mirror images on the volleyball court.

"I can't even tell the difference between them," said Salem coach Dan Young, who has coached the talented sisters on their AAU teams. "When we (Salem) play them, unless I see their (uniform) numbers, I can't tell which is which.

"They're so talented, so dominant in every aspect of the game. They could be co-Players of the Year in New Hampshire, which would be unprecedented. I've never seen two players together, so talented, on the same team before."

There is indeed a chance that the Schwarz twins will split the Player of the Year award if only because coaches have trouble identifying one from the other. Except for assists, which is ruled by Amy Johnson, the Schwarz sisters, who are listed at 5-foot-10, dominate nearly every aspect of the game (especially at the net) for Londonderry.

Entering the week, Megan led the unbeaten Lancers (16-0) in career kills with 693, followed by Katie at 650, but Katie is ahead of her sister in digs. They're both currently serving at a rate of well over 90 percent.

"Game in and game out, their stats are about as even as you can get, which makes sense when you think about how balanced their game is," said Londonderry coach Peter Willis. "They're as complementary a pair of players as I've ever seen.

"If one has better kill numbers, the other probably has bigger serve numbers. When one's hitting up front, the other digs and covers her back. Their communication is uncanny. It's like they're a team within a team."

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