SISTER, SISTER

Addison's Allie and Abbie Chambless offer up big smiles on Tuesday.

Jake Winfrey

ADDISON — Abbie and Allie Chambless are two peas in a pod.

Quite literally.

The identical twins from Addison do everything and go everywhere together ... and that's going to continue for the foreseeable future.

Much to the surprise of absolutely no one.

The excellent volleyball players inked respective scholarships to Gadsden State on Tuesday afternoon in the high school library surrounded by family, friends, coaches and teammates.

And although the idea of potentially going their separate ways entered their minds, the strong bonds of sisterhood were simply too much for the dynamic duo to leave behind.

"Before we even started thinking about playing in college, I was sort of thinking we would maybe go out and view things without each other," said Abbie, who will room with her sister at Gadsden State. "We're always together for the most part, and that's how we know life. But when they offered both of us, I was like, 'I'm definitely cool with us doing this. We'll do this.' Anything we do together is fun, so I think this will be, too."

The decision to attend to Alabama Community College Conference program — which competes against Wallace State — was easy enough. The impressive campus and small-town feel appealed to both Abbie and Allie, as did the Cardinal's willingness to offer matching scholarships.

"I liked how small it is," Abbie said. "We're used to that here in Addison. It's comfortable, and it just felt like home. We even get to room together. I know it's going to be tough, but I'm pretty excited. I think we can be a solid team."

Abbie and Allie were both solid as a rock for the Lady Bulldogs during their varsity tenure.

Abbie, who began her fine career as a freshman, claimed her second straight MVP honor at this year's Class 1A state tournament, while Allie — a terrific contributor since her sophomore season — helped Addison craft its fifth consecutive state championship in early November.

The phenomenal twosome was responsible for four state, four county, four area and three North Super Regional titles — not to mention a barrel of victories — in their valuable time with the Lady Bulldogs.

Safe to say, they'll be missed.

"I don't think I've had two harder working girls play for me," coach Kayla Woodard said. "I'm very excited for them. I think they were a bit scared about having to go somewhere by themselves, so I'm grateful and thankful that they are getting this opportunity together in college. I think Gadsden State is blessed to have gained these two girls."

Former coach Pam Wilkins, who now assists Woodard, had both Chambless sisters for two years before handing over the reins of the accomplished program to her protégé after 13 successful seasons.

And, much like Woodard, the seven-time state champion leader couldn't be more proud of Abbie and Allie.

"Anything those girls decide to do, they're great at it," she said. "Everything about them is different, but they're just really good together on the court. They've left their mark on this program. They've definitely done their part. Those two have great parents who taught them at an early age they're going to work for everything they get."

% Jake Winfrey can be reached at 256-734-2131, ext. 136 or at jwinfrey@cullmantimes.com.​

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