Two of a Kind

Article By: Joshua Tan

With the overwhelming number of sibling duos, It is not surprising that siblings are able to dominate the world in a wide span of areas. For example, the legendary pair of Venus and Serena Williams has taken over women’s tennis for the past decade, with Serena bagging 18 Grand Slam singles titles, while Venus claiming 7 of her own.  However, this sibling prominence also introduces rivalry between the sisters, as they have faced each other 25 times in major tournaments. The most recent meeting being during the 2014 Roger’s Cup Semifinals, where Venus defeated her sister 6-7, 6-2, 6-3.

ISM proudly has its own share of superior sibling pairings. Recently, ISM’s very own volleyball boys team bested most other IASAS schools by winning the silver medal. This, without a doubt, would not have been possible without the likes of captain Daniel Young and his brother, Tim. The collaboration of the two, according to Daniel, has “its benefits” since they are able to train together and give honest advice to each other.

In addition,  the counterparts of the Young brothers in girls varsity volleyball, Juliana and Bianca Antonio, confirm that the “advantages are countless” simply because they “understand each other completely”, making it easier to help each other out. Another sibling pair, “It Takes Two” comprised of Sophia and Selina De Dios agree that having a sibling in the same field of interest only adds  “motivation and support” because one would have the other to “collaborate with.”

These pairs have made it clear that there is no sibling rivalry. Rather, the sole competitive spirit lies within the elder sibling who gets anxious over the fact that the younger sibling may overtake him. Daniel, currently a senior, accepts that Tim will soon “surpass him” as he rises to senior year, but confidently adds that “it does not mean that he is better… yet.” Siblings do not hinder each other’s talent, rather, they fuel each other’s spirit to match the other’s talent and skill.

Like any other group of siblings, these pairs cannot escape the repeated comparison between them. Nonetheless, they claim to “never get compared in a negative way,” as Tim Young says. Selina, the younger of the De Dios sisters, adds that people who compare her to Sophia simply “flatter” her. Sophia, the other half of “It Takes Two,” looks at their comparison positively, pushing herself to work harder to “be the best [she] can be”, understanding that it is what Selina “deserves.” This mindset is exemplified in Juliana’s actions: she embraces the role of the “setter”, constantly “setting” her sister up for success.