Zoà« and Mary Kaffen come to Trinity from San Juan Capistrano, California. The first years are identical twins, best friends and doubles partners on the Trinity women’s tennis team. During a break from competition this past Saturday, the Kaffen twins told me a little bit about themselves.
Who is older?
ZOà‹: It’s a debated fact.
MARY: I’m older.
ZOà‹: Ok, but only by one minute.
MARY: Ok, but scientifically I’m older. I’m older. Mary is older.
Why did you start playing tennis?
MARY: We were kind of forced to by our parents.
ZOà‹: No, don’t say that.
MARY: OK. We really love the sport.
What is your on-court relationship like?
ZOà‹: Mary and I are hitting partners, doubles partners just””
ZOà‹: We play against each other and with each other and help each other out.
What is your off-court relationship like?
ZOà‹: With each other?
MARY: Yeah with each other! It’s a relationship.
ZOà‹: (laughs) I don’t know. We are always with each other.
ZOà‹: We hang out all the””
MARY: We’re besties.
Do you fight a lot?
ZOà‹: We fight a lot on the court.
MARY: No we don’t!
ZOà‹: Oh, no we don’t.
MARY: We don’t fight on the court all the time.
ZOà‹: We fight over clothes and over regular girl stuff but not over tennis.
Who is your favorite tennis player?
MARY: I really like the Bryan Brothers, obviously “˜cause they’re identical twins and they play doubles.
ZOà‹: I have to say my favorite tennis player is Roger Federer.
Who is the Venus and who is the Serena in your relationship?
ZOà‹: Isn’t Serena more intense? You’re Serena. I’m Venus.
ZOE: Mary’s Serena and””
MARY: “”Zoà«’s Venus
If you did not play tennis, what sport would you play?
ZOà‹: Beach volleyball.
MARY: Yeah! I really wanna play beach volleyball. Maybe one day.
What is the biggest difference between you two?
MARY: Zoà«’s more talkative””
ZOà‹: “”and Mary’s quieter.
What is the worst part of being twins?
ZOà‹: People will ask us “Are you twins?” and then we’ll say yes, and then they’ll ask me when my birthday is, and then they’ll ask Mary””
TWINS: “”when [my/her] birthday is.
ZOà‹: That’s probably the most annoying part.
MARY: That’s an annoying question.
What is the best part of being twins?
ZOà‹: Always having someone to hang out with, who you can talk to.
What is a misconception about you two?
ZOà‹: I think a misconception would be that we like all the same things. We differ in a lot of things””
MARY: Yeah we have a lot of different”¦
ZOà‹: “”likes and dislikes.
MARY: I’d say the same thing. We don’t like everything the same. We have a lot of differences.
What are you looking forward to in playing tennis at Trinity?
ZOà‹: The team.
MARY: Yeah, the team for sure. Playing on a team with””
ZOà‹: Getting to know all the girls””
MARY: “”for four years.
ZOà‹: It should be fun.