There was no way the Pfau sisters were splitting up.
So when the time came for the twins, Sadie and Savannah, to make their college choice, any school out there was getting a package deal.
Southwestern College in Winfield, Kan., got the 2-for-1 on Thursday, as the Ardmore seniors each signed letters of intent to play tennis for the NAIA program.
Southwestern gets not only a set of academic aces, but a pairing that is still coming into its own on the tennis court.
In their first year playing significant doubles matches together for Ardmore’s varsity, the Pfaus have established themselves as one of the top tandems in Class 5A. Last season, Savannah placed fourth at state in No. 2 singles as a junior, and Sadie was one half of a No. 1 doubles team that placed sixth.
“They’ve both played singles and doubles at this level, which is really gonna help them at the next level,” Ardmore coach Becky Dickinson said. “They should be able to step right in and make an impact.”
Most importantly, they’ll do it together. The sisters with identical 4.1395 GPAs had their pick of larger schools they could have attended for solely academics, but they picked Southwestern for its smaller feel (1,100 students) and the chance to continue playing side-by-side.
“We felt comfortable,” Sadie said of their visit to Southwestern. “We toured a few schools and there were a few small schools that we liked, but Southwestern just seemed to be the best fit for us.”
The Pfaus started the season split between singles and doubles play, but collaborated with Dickinson to pair together in No. 1 doubles after realizing over the summer that they enjoyed playing together.
Their main reasoning for coming together? They wanted their family to have the opportunity to see them play at the same time during the Ardmore Invitational.
The twin teamup has turned into something far greater than sentimentality. This season, the girls have won doubles titles at tournaments in Guthrie and McAlester.
“It’s been great, because I think we have twin telepathy or something,” Sadie said. “We really know how to play with each other, where each other’s gonna go.”
“It’s fun to play with someone that you know how they play and you trust how they play,” Savannah said.
Dickinson said the maturation of the girls’ play has allowed them to become a formidable doubles team.
“One was suited more for singles (Savannah), but they just grew as players,” Dickinson said. “They came together and it’s a really good fit.”
Page 2 of 2 - Southwestern coach Jason Speegle said that he’ll have plenty of time to figure out where he’ll play the sisters when they hit campus in the fall. Speegle said his lineup changes regularly during the fall season before the real matches pick up in the spring.
More than the Pfaus’ play, Speegle knows he has two good fits to fill out his first recruiting class as a head coach.
“Knowing the success that they’ve had in Oklahoma state tournaments, hearing them talk about the passion that they have for tennis, and coupling that with the type of people that they are, I knew that they would be perfect for our program,” Speegle said.
Going from singles to doubles and back isn’t going to be a foreign concept to the Pfaus. They’ve changed and adapted throughout their high school careers.
Just don’t ask them to go to separate schools. When asked if they ever even considered going to separate colleges, the girls simultaneously answered with a firm “No.”
Tennis is one thing. Sisterhood is a different story. And before they leave for Southwestern, the girls will try to cap their high school careers with some bonding over a state championship.
“We feel like we have a really strong chance at state this year,” Savannah said. “We’re really excited.”
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