GIRLS VOLLEYBALL

Griffith's Roldan pair sets up 1-2 punch

2013-10-07T21:00:00Z 2013-12-12T22:32:07Z Griffith's Roldan pair sets up 1-2 punchHillary Smith hillary.smith@nwi.com, (219) 933-3233 nwitimes.com

GRIFFITH | In the sixth grade, Talia Roldan passed her older sister, Lisette, on the wall height chart.

No problem, Lisette thought, I'll just catch up.

The older sister didn't, and they both have a little they wish for.

Talia is 6-foot-1 and a freshman setter at Griffith, and already her parents have received interest from colleges wanting her talent in basketball or volleyball. 

"When it comes to being recruited, for volleyball she's already looks and I wish I had the advantage of being a little taller when it comes to volleyball," Lisette said.

Talia's appreciation of Lisette's 5-10 outside hitter frame is for a different reason.

"With guys, it's tough to be taller," Talia said.

The pair have helped Griffith collect its volleyball wins this season. Talia can set to nearly anywhere on the floor and Lisette has been key to the offense since the Panthers won a sectional title during her sophomore year.

"Lisette brings motivation and Talia brings us up when we're down," coach Kristi Hoese said. "They have opposite attitudes. Talia is easy going and Lisette is dominating. They each bring their own thing."

The pair were playing volleyball in the backyard as third and sixth graders, being yelled at by their parents to come inside to finish their homework. In the meantime, they set their own personal, Roldan Sister goals, those they consider now and laugh.

"I remember how exciting it was when we'd get 100 passes in a row, and now it's simple," Talia said.

Since the days of backyard volleyball, this is the first time the two have been on the same team together. The last six years were preparing them for this.

Really, the last 14 years have been a rehearsal for this season. Until last Christmas, the two shared a bedroom at home.

"We are seriously one person, we think the same things, we say the same things, it could be completely silent and we'll say the exact same thing," Lisette said. "Honestly, I think if we were the same height, people will think we're twins."

"We'll have the same dream the same night," Talia said. "It's freaky."

Last week against Hobart, Lisette made a block, Hobart hit the ball back. Talia made the next block, Hobart hit the ball back. Lisette jumped and made the final block, the one that scored the point.

"There are times we just kind of improv," Lisette said. "We don't even need to talk and she'll put the ball up and I'll get the kill and she'll get the assist."

"When we do something together, it means so much more," Talia said.

"They have two totally different roles," Hoese said. "I think that's why they're not competitive, but they compliment each other."

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