Student Athletes: Rachel and Janie Rafoth

CANFIELD (Ohio) – Janie and Rachel Rafoth are 4-year starters for the Canfield Volleyball Team. They’re also identical twins, that share the same interests and can finish each other’s sentences.

“Both math and (together) sciences. yea, math and sciences,” they shared.

They take the same classes, and get the same grades.  Both are straight-A students.

“Like we’re teammates for volleyball, we’re teammates for academics too. We do our homework together. We share a room too,” Janie said.

“We normally get the same grades, and miss the same problems, haha,” Rachel added with a laugh.

Even their smiles are the same. Their personalities on the other hand, are quite different.

“She is more organized than me. she keeps me on task sometimes, better at math, better at numbers…” Rachel revealed.

“She makes sure i have fun and not sitting in my room doing homework… but we balance each other out,” added Janie.

The Rafoth twins started playing volleyball at 11 years old.  Janie was First Team All-Conference selection last year as a setter.  Meanwhile, Rachel has been a First Team All-League performer at Libero for each of the last two seasons.

“I think it’s really easy for us to communicate, because a lot of times we don’t have to say anything, we just know. it’s kind of just natural to be on the court,” Rachel said.

“It’s nice because we’re looking out for each other as teammates, but also as sisters to perform and do our best,” Janie said with a smile.

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