ZoÃ« 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 womenâ€™s tennis team. During a break from competition this past Saturday, the Kaffen twins told me a little bit about themselves.
Who is older?
ZOÃ‹: Itâ€™s a debated fact.
MARY: Iâ€™m older.
ZOÃ‹: Ok, but only by one minute.
MARY: Ok, but scientifically Iâ€™m older. Iâ€™m older. Mary is older.
Why did you start playing tennis?
MARY: We were kind of forced to by our parents.
ZOÃ‹: No, donâ€™t say that.
MARY: OK. We really love the sport.
What is your on-court relationship like?
ZOÃ‹: Mary and I are hitting partners, doubles partners justâ€”
ZOÃ‹: We play against each other and with each other and help each other out.
What is your off-court relationship like?
ZOÃ‹: With each other?
MARY: Yeah with each other! Itâ€™s a relationship.
ZOÃ‹: (laughs) I donâ€™t know. We are always with each other.
ZOÃ‹: We hang out all theâ€”
MARY: Weâ€™re besties.
Do you fight a lot?
ZOÃ‹: We fight a lot on the court.
MARY: No we donâ€™t!
ZOÃ‹: Oh, no we donâ€™t.
MARY: We donâ€™t fight on the court all the time.
ZOÃ‹: 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 â€˜cause theyâ€™re identical twins and they play doubles.
ZOÃ‹: I have to say my favorite tennis player is Roger Federer.
Who is the Venus and who is the Serena in your relationship?
ZOÃ‹: Isnâ€™t Serena more intense? Youâ€™re Serena. Iâ€™m Venus.
ZOE: Maryâ€™s Serena andâ€”
MARY: â€”ZoÃ«â€™s Venus
If you did not play tennis, what sport would you play?
ZOÃ‹: Beach volleyball.
MARY: Yeah! I really wanna play beach volleyball. Maybe one day.
What is the biggest difference between you two?
MARY: ZoÃ«â€™s more talkativeâ€”
ZOÃ‹: â€”and Maryâ€™s quieter.
What is the worst part of being twins?
ZOÃ‹: People will ask us â€œAre you twins?â€ and then weâ€™ll say yes, and then theyâ€™ll ask me when my birthday is, and then theyâ€™ll ask Maryâ€”
TWINS: â€”when [my/her] birthday is.
ZOÃ‹: Thatâ€™s probably the most annoying part.
MARY: Thatâ€™s an annoying question.
What is the best part of being twins?
ZOÃ‹: Always having someone to hang out with, who you can talk to.
What is a misconception about you two?
ZOÃ‹: I think a misconception would be that we like all the same things. We differ in a lot of thingsâ€”
MARY: Yeah we have a lot of differentâ€¦
ZOÃ‹: â€”likes and dislikes.
MARY: Iâ€™d say the same thing. We donâ€™t like everything the same. We have a lot of differences.
What are you looking forward to in playing tennis at Trinity?
ZOÃ‹: The team.
MARY: Yeah, the team for sure. Playing on a team withâ€”
ZOÃ‹: Getting to know all the girlsâ€”
MARY: â€”for four years.
ZOÃ‹: It should be fun.