ROCKFORD (WREX) -
The Rock Valley College softball team just won another conference crown and is poised to defend its national title. Hannah Anderson was a member of last year's team, and is joined by younger sister Hayley in pursuit of another ring.
"I was gonna play volleyball and I just decided to play softball to play with my sister one last time," says Hayley, an RVC freshman.
Then RVC's AD and women's basketball coach Misty Opat asked Hayley to suit up after that roster was hit with injuries.
"I liked it so I stayed."
Hayley won a national title to add to her family's collection. Hannah won a softball title last year. RVC softball coach Darin Monroe was happy to pitch in.
"My philosophy as a coach is if it's going to help you win a national championship, I'm all for it," Monroe says.
Now the Andersons are gearing up for the softball postseason. They bring out the best in each other, a recurring theme since their younger years.
"Me and Hayley have always been in a big competition since we were little. We are very, very competitive. It was fun going at each other all the time and it made us better players," says Hannah, an RVC sophomore.
Their drive has had a trickle down effect on the diamond.
"They're the type of kids that will run through a brick wall for you. That attitude is contagious throughout our entire team," says Monroe.
These former Belvidere Bucs are proud to play down the road from their hometown, and they do it with a regular cheering section.
"I love being from Belvidere and playing here and having my family be able to come to every game is nice," says Hayley.
Hannah's last year at RVC is bittersweet, but she's looking forward to watching Hayley fly solo.
"I'm really looking forward to being able to watch her next year. I've never really been able to watch my sister play because we're always playing together so I'm definitely going to be a little bit of a critic towards her, but all good. All good things."
Hanna is the first to admit that she'd would prefer to critique while wearing a second ring, won with the help of her younger sister.