Going away to college has its challenges and obstacles. So, too, are there challenges in being a collegiate athlete. Now throw in being sisters, competing against each other but for the same team, and you have the potential for a very tempestuous four years.
At VCU, it's allowed a pair of sister acts to thrive.
Alex and Ana Bara, seniors on the women's tennis team, are currently ranked 42nd in the country in doubles. The duo is also a combined 25-19 record in singles this season.
Jessica and Jaleesa Williams have impacted the VCU track & field record books. Most recently, Jaleesa broke her own school record in the shot put with a throw of 14.57 meters.
Both the Bara and Williams sisters have found ways to enjoy their time together as sisters, friends, teammates and competitors.
Ana and Alex have always been together, and always been comfortable away from home. Hailing from Romania, the sisters spent six years playing tennis together in Germany. They developed a close bond because no matter what, they always had each other.
When it was time to look for colleges, Ana and Alex decided they were ready to split up. Ana was approached by VCU and immediately knew that the school was the right fit for her. Alex, meanwhile, applied to the University of Pennsylvania but was waitlisted. Faced with a difficult decision, just two weeks before the fall 2008 semester started, Alex chose "home."