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Levey sisters kick up pace for Spartans on the pitch

Sonya Narla

Issue date: 9/24/10 Section: Sports
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In the past few games on the Spartan soccer schedule, the Levey sisters have certainly made themselves known. This past Tuesday in the matchup against Baldwin Wallace, sophomore Deena Levey scored the second goal of the game and was assisted by none other than freshman Leah Levey. For the sisters, playing together is a win-win situation. Not only are they the best of friends, according to head coach Tiff Crooks, but, they also "push each other in really positive ways."

Watching them play together is interesting to behold: both play with quick footskills and agility and often find each other on the field without seeming to even look. It's also sometimes hard to distinguish between the sisters, who both stand at 5 feet 3 inches.As Crooks puts it, "They play in a similar style and have similar visions of the game. They work very well together on the field." The similarities don't stop there: during their years playing together at Bexley high school in Columbus, Ohio, both were NSCAA Academic All-Americans, All-State players, and great students.

Deena's first year at Case Western Reserve University would be the first time the sisters lived apart; they shared a room growing up and when given the opportunity to move into their own rooms, chose to stay roommates. Though separated, the sisters both had great seasons. Deena established herself as one the Spartans' new key players on the field and earned All-UAA honorable mention honors. Back home in Columbus, Leah led her Bexley team to win the state championship, and picked up a Player of the Year for Ohio award in the process. Now together again, the Levey sisters each boast two goals and have proven to be a valuable force in the Spartan attack. While their numbers are impressive, the one thing that can't be explained in statistics is the on-and-off field communication between Deena and Leah.

"I love playing with Deena this year because we have the sister ESP thing going on," said the younger, Leah.
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