There are three seniors on the Keene State College field hockey team this season and two of those seniors are identical twins, Kalin and Alex Billert.
Kalin and Alex Billert played high school field hockey at Kennett High School, in Norh Conway, N.H. The Billert sisters spent all four years on the varsity squad at Kennett High School. The sisters also played other sports. Kalin was a member of the track team and Alex played softball.
After high school, the twins decided to part ways. Alex Billert attended Keene State College as a freshman while her sister Kalin choose Westfield State University.
After a season at WSU, scoring just one goal in 15 games, Kalin decided to join her sister at KSC.
“After hearing such great things about the field hockey program here at Keene and it seemed Alex was having a great experience here so I decided to go back to school with my sister,” Kalin said.
“She had a good time at Westfield, but I told her we were having a better time here so I was really glad she came here,” Alex said.
On the field, there is no question the sisters have a special connection.
“We definitely feed off each other out there,” Kalin said. “Our coach actually calls it the twin connection.”
Alex also feels that they feed off one another and build energy with their play,” Alex Billert said.
Alex added, “We have a great dynamic out there together and we know where each other are going to be and when so that works out really well.”
Katie Foyle, another senior on the KSC field hockey team, said she sees the special chemistry the Billert sisters have with each other on the field. “There is definitely a sisterly connection between them,” Foyle said. “When they work together on the left side it creates great opportunities for us.”
The sisters live together off campus here at KSC so it gives them a real home away from home feel. “It’s really convenient and works out well,” Alex said.
The girls also said that they both have their own rooms and also have roommates which make the arrangement fun as well.
The sisters worked together to help the Owls to a 16-6 overall record in 2010, their first full season together at KSC. The Billert sisters also helped their team to a 20-5 record in 2011.
In 2012, the Owls are 3-3 through their first five games but plenty of season remains for the Owls.
The KSC athletics website says “Alex is a speedster at midfield and out on the wing, who possesses the quickness and the stick work to dodge opponents and create great scoring chances.”
About Kalin, the KSC athletic website says she “is a versatile player who can play anywhere on the field and compliments her speed with an ability to communicate strongly with her teammates.”
Kalin, a communications major, plans to find a job somewhere after graduation, and Alex, an exercise science major, plans on attending graduate school.
“We are enjoying this last year together as best we can and it’s going to be really fun,” Alex said.
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