Simpson sisters form Bristol Eastern's No. 1 doubles team

Published on Friday, 13 April 2018 21:21


BRISTOL - When Bristol Eastern’s No. 1 doubles team takes the court this season, it’ll be a sisterly affair.

Kelly and Kasey Simpson are paired up this year with the Lancers for the first time since joining the team.

The two are 13 months apart. Kelly is a junior and Kasey a senior. They just picked up their first win of the season together against Bristol Central this week.

“Most people do know that we’re sisters and I think that just adds to the excitement of it,” Kasey Simpson said. “It’s definitely exciting to have gotten our first win against Central when the stakes are high.”

For the duo, soccer had been their spring sport coming into high school. They picked up tennis when they got to Bristol Eastern and have been growing on the court ever since, something that should continue to happen this season.

As they described each other’s games, both smiled and laughed at each other’s weaknesses on the court - “Kasey likes to hit it in the net,” Kelly said. “Kelly doesn’t hit her first serve,” Kasey said.

It is clear that the Simpson sisters are already having a fun time playing together in Kasey’s final semester at the school before going off to college.

While they pointed out each other’s weaknesses, the two have plenty of strengths on the court and the first win may just be the beginning of a successful season.

“I think the dynamics between them are just going to grow with every game,” Bristol Eastern coach Barb Lessard said. “Their camaraderie, movement and closeness together is really going to continue throughout the season and beyond. I thought them being sisters and playing together would be very unique and something that would be really good for them. I see them growing and I think they’re going to improve a lot. The more that they play together the better they’re going to become. Every match they’re going to get more confident. They’ll do well.”

With their style of play and the way they address the doubles game, it makes for a good pairing.

“It’s a lot of fun,’ Kasey said. “We tease each other, but I trust her as a partner. It’s a lot easier to jump into matches being able to trust the player I’m with instead of taking half the season to bond.”

Kelly brings the analytical side to the game and helps Kasey, the harder hitter, find weaknesses in their opponents.

“We have different playing styles,” Kelly said. “But we work well together because we know what each other are thinking. We grew up together, so I know what Kasey is thinking about.”

In the first two matches, the two struggled at times communicating on the court, something that they did well against the Rams. Adjusting to a new partner is always tough and having a sister playing with you can make it even more challenging. It’s no different than the relationship the two share on an everyday basis, though.

“We do butt heads on the court,” Kasey said. “But it’s the same thing as us fighting over clothes. At one minute we’ll be doing that and then the next we’ll be out here playing together, so it’s a lot of fun.”

Kasey is set to attend Simmons College next year and plans on studying nursing. She is undecided about playing tennis at the school, although it’s a possibility.

Kelly has one year left after this season, but the two are solely focused on making this year the best season together before Kasey graduates.

“I don’t know how much closer we can get,” Kasey said. “But definitely with me leaving for college in the fall, playing together is a nice thing to do before I leave.”

Dan Orencole can be reached at 860-973-1811 or 

Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol Eastern on Friday, 13 April 2018 21:21. Updated: Friday, 13 April 2018 21:24.