FAIRFIELD >> Two years ago Erin and Megan Hines split up.
It was the spring of their sophomore year and the two were playing No. 1 and 2 singles because that’s what the Fairfield Warde girls’ tennis team needed at the time.
The results, well, it wasn’t a fit.
“We hated it. We tried talking to each other, but that was kind of frowned upon,” Megan Hines said with a laugh.
Megan and Erin are sisters. And twins. And best friends. So it only makes sense the two were drawn to playing together.
“We’re born in a pair so we just love doubles,” Megan Hines said.
After one season of singles, the two returned to their favored and comfortable position at No 1 doubles.
This spring the seniors have compiled an impressive resume at the position in their final season. The pair finished the regular season at 15-1 and helped the Mustangs build a 12-4 team record.
They enter the FCIAC Tournament on Wednesday on a six-match winning streak as a team.
“I think it’s special for them that they want to play together,” Warde head coach Marilynn Jamgochian said.
For Megan and Erin, it was never really a question of not playing together. The two have been inseparable from an early age.
They started playing tennis together at age 6, picked up field hockey in the seventh grade and share almost every moment of the day with each other. They played doubles their freshman and junior season for Warde, earning All-State and FCIAC honors.
“Well, she’s my best friend,” Megan Hines said of Erin. “It’s amazing to play with your sister; they are there when you’re up, they’re there when you’re down; they always know what to do. Most partners have to talk to each other and we just know what to do.”
That unspoken chemistry that comes with being twins and sisters has served the two well.
“Megan is better at volleying, while I consider myself a stronger baseline player,” Erin Hines said. “It’s just where we’re comfortable at.”
Erin always serves first. Megan plays backhand, Erin forehand. They wear the same shirt and they have a special handshake they do before the start of every match.
Against Greenwich earlier this month, the two battled back from 5-1 at one point to eventually win and secure the point for their team.
“You’re able to have that mental toughness with each,” Megan Hines said.
Added Jamgochian: “They know they can count on each other and they know each others strengths.”
While they both have brown hair, brown eyes and share an infectious smile and laugh, it’s more than the outward similarities that set them apart from others.
“They are the hardest working, ever since freshman year,” Jamgochian said. “They are great role models and their work ethic I think inspires some girls. Ninety-nine percent of the time we can always rely on their one point.”
The opposite traits they do possess provide a good balance. While Erin is more take charge off the tennis court, Megan is more competitive come game time. Just take one look at her tennis racquet. Taped on the inside with smiley faces is the saying, ‘Don’t get mad at Erin.’
“I always joke with her on the court when she does yell at me,” Erin Hines said with a smile. “But she brings out the best in me. She’s definitely the biggest supporter I know. She’s always out there cheering for me always. She’s fearless.”
While Megan is the first to admit she’s the more competitive one when it comes to athletics, she said Erin’s outward personality is a good compliment to hers.
“When I see Erin, that’s the person I want to be,” Megan Hines said. “She makes me a better me.”
The two, who said they’ve never played a full tennis match against each other or kept score, will be splitting up again this fall. Erin is headed to Boston College, while Megan will be attending Marquette. Megan said there were many tears in the process, but overall the decision was based on what was best for them academically.
“We’re going to talk with each other every single day,” Erin Hines said. “But it will be good to see how we are without each other.”
With their tennis careers winding down, the two are hoping to end the season on a high note, with the possibility of winning a State Open doubles title.
“That would be incredible,” Erin Hines said. “That would kind of encompass all of our success. But regardless, State Open title or not, I think it wouldn’t falter what we’ve done. We definitely have matured on the court, grown and changed.”