Bridgette and Parker Webb

Sisters Parker Webb (left) and Bridgette Webb (right) pose before a scrimmage last spring. The two sisters played four years at West Valley High School in Yakima and will face each other for the first time on separate teams as Central Washington University takes on Portland State University, Monday night.

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Growing up, sisters Bridgette and Parker Webb always played volleyball together.

They were on the same club volleyball team and led West Valley High School to a third place finish in the 2015 WIAA 4A State Tournament.

But on Monday, when they take the court down at Portland State University’s, they will be on opposite sides of the net.

Parker will don the home white jersey for the Vikings, while older sister Bridgette will be wearing Central Washington University’s crimson and black.

The two met in a scrimmage last spring, but never in an official scheduled volleyball match.

“I’m excited because there is always that different type of competition when it comes to sisters,” Bridgette said. “I thought this would never happen because we are in separate divisions.”

VOLLEYBALL FAMILY

Both sisters got into volleyball when they were in the sixth grade. Throughout club teams and their time at West Valley High School, they saw immediate success.

Their last year playing together came in the fall of 2015 when the two led West Valley to a perfect 9-0 in the Columbia Basin Big 9 League and a third place finish at state.

“When I started playing at the varsity level, she was always on me,” Parker said. “It was actually really nice to have a sister like that pushing you, because I would listen to her over my other teammates. She knows way more about volleyball and made me a lot better.”

Even though they saw success, the two sisters had two completely different styles of play.

Parker was the lighthearted one who put mistakes behind her.

Bridgette, meanwhile, was a little more serious and analyzed everything.

CWU volleyball coach Mario Andaya coached both players separately and described them as both extremely competitive.

“They were a dynamic duo on the court at West Valley, because you had a right-handed outside hitter in Bridgette and a left-handed outside hitter in Parker,” Andaya said.

DIFFERENT DIRECTIONS

Bridgette was first to leave for college and accepted a scholarship to play at Central Washington.

She redshirted her first year and said her sister’s absence was somewhat of a challenge.

“I didn’t have her to turn to,” Bridgette said.

One year later, Bridgette started to make an impact as she played in 42 sets, recorded 69 kills and tallied 30 blocks. She improved during her sophomore year as well, playing all 29 games and sitting at fourth on the team with 199 kills.

“Bridgette came in as a middle and outside hitter, but we moved her to the right side,” Andaya said.

After Bridgette arrived in Ellensburg, Andaya tried to recruit Parker, but she instead chose to continue her career at Division I Portland State.

She made an instant impact at fourth on the team in kills and third in blocks.

Now, in her second college season, she is excited but nervous to open up her second college season against her sister.

“I can’t lose to her,” Parker said. “I’ll never hear the end of it.”

PARENTS THOUGHTS

While the sisters are excited to play each other to open up the volleyball season, the only question now is how parents Billie and Jeff Webb will manage to show equal allegiance.

“I don’t know what to wear,” Jeff said. “I might just have to take my Central shirt, cut it in half and put a green Portland State shirt on the other side of it.”

First serve at the Viking Pavilion is scheduled for 6 p.m.

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