Twin Sisters Leading Bulldogs to New Standard
Sept. 6, 2007
FRESNO, Calif. - Aubrey and Megan Tennant have gotten used to being held to the same standard of success. While at times this may seem unfair, the twin Bulldog soccer players have always seemed to find a way to produce nearly identical results in the classroom and on the soccer field.
In the classroom, the sisters are Pre-Physical Therapy majors and they both have the same eight classes to take in order to graduate. When Aubrey and Megan took a look at their grades after the just completed spring semester, they both learned that they finished with a 3.7 GPA. Once they earn their Bachelor's degree the two also have a goal of getting a Doctorate in Physical Therapy.
The similarities between the twin sisters carry over onto the soccer field as the two have played on the same team since they were five. Aubrey is one of the leaders of this year's Bulldog defense while Megan floats back and forth between playing as a defender and a midfielder.
Even when the two took their fitness tests before the season, Fresno State coach Steve Springthorpe timed the two seniors with nearly identical times.
"We are so similar because we train together," Megan said. "We are going to have the same stamina and we have had all the same coaches and trainers. Since we have the same major we study together too. It is hard not to be similar. We try but we can't help it sometimes."
The two are so similar that when they are together they will find themselves finishing each others sentences.
Now the two Fresno State seniors hope to finish their final year of playing soccer together with a WAC championship and a trip to the NCAA tournament.
When they first arrived on campus three years ago that goal didn't seem realistic as the Bulldogs finished 5-9-4 in Springthorpe's first year as head coach.
But as sophomores, Fresno State finished 10-10-2 and earned a berth in the NCAA tournament after defeating San Jose State in the WAC tournament championship game.
"Winning the WAC tournament our sophomore year was the first huge success I was apart of on this team," Aubrey said. "It was something our team was trying so hard for. We all knew we deserved it and we all played really well together."
Last year the Tennant sisters were instrumental in Fresno State winning the schools second-ever WAC regular season conference championship by going 13-5-3. That year the Bulldogs became the first school in WAC history to not give up a goal during conference play.
Now the foundation has been set for Fresno State to continue the success of the last two years.
"There has been a lot of progress since we have been here," Megan said. "As a team we are a lot more connected. We are a much better team. We work together and the camaraderie is real good on and off the field."
That camaraderie is especially needed for the 2007 season as the Bulldogs welcome a group of 15 newcomers to the team. But with the leadership of eight seniors, including Megan and Aubrey, the team is confident that this year is going to be just as good as last season.
"None of our seniors have really been highlighted, but we have some really great players who are going to stand out this year," Megan said. "We have some big shoes to fill but we have a lot of players who can step into that role."
Aubrey added, "Our returning players all have high expectations. I hope that will carry us to winning the WAC title. With whom we have returning I expect us to do very well."
As Aubrey and Megan aim to bring another WAC title back to Fresno, they will once again be linked together but this time as two players who helped rebuild Fresno State soccer into a WAC powerhouse.
"This is our last year of soccer at this level. I am excited to go out with a bang and have a lot of fun," Megan said.
"Join the State - Fresno State!" - The Fresno State Soccer team will be on the road for the next five games before returning home to Bulldog Stadium on Friday, September 28 against UTEP at 7 p.m. All kids who attended the Fresno State Soccer Summer Camp can wear their camp t-shirt for free admission to all regular season home games in 2007. Tickets are available at www.gobulldogs.com, by phone at 559-278-DOGS or in person at the Bulldog Ticket Office.