Granite Bay's tennis twins will be a package deal in choosing a college

But first, Chloe and Lily Forlini are shooting for their fourth section doubles title
By: Bill Poindexter/Roseville Press Tribune Sports Editor
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Up a sidewalk and away from the pleasant pop of tennis balls being swatted back and forth, Chloe Forlini’s dyed blonde hair falls onto her shoulders and down her back.

Finally, an easy way to tell apart Chloe and twin sister Lily.

“I dyed it in January,” the Granite Bay High School senior says with a smile, having just ended a call on her cell phone. “I wanted to try something different.”

What the twins wouldn’t try differently is playing tennis without each other. Chloe was on the phone with a coach at the Air Force Academy. What these courting colleges have learned is that where one goes, both will go.

“They want us to fly out there and visit,” she says.

UC Santa Cruz is interested in the Forlini twins, too, as are Pomona College and UC Santa Cruz. They were scheduled to visit Claremont McKenna two weekends ago to play in a showcase event.

“We’re a package deal,” Lily Forlini says. “We have our roommate situation set up.”

They have a pretty good deal going as a doubles team, too. The Forlini twins have won three consecutive Sac-Joaquin Section Division II championships and can become the first duo to sweep four titles in their high school careers. Sheri Holmes of Lodi-Tokay won four Division I doubles titles with two partners from 1986-89.

“That would top it off for our senior year,” Chloe Forlini says.

This is Rory Wood’s second season coaching the Granite Bay girls program. He also coaches the boys. When Wood talks about the Forlini twins, he uses words like great, solid, committed and …

“They’re phenomenal girls,” Wood says after the twins have posted straight-sets singles victories in a Sierra Foothill League opener against Roseville. “What I like about them first of all is they come from a great family. They’re confident girls. I wish them the best in their tennis-playing future.”

The Forlinis started fast this season by besting 16 teams in the Best of Sacramento tournament. They defeated duos from Oak Ridge, Davis and Del Oro. In the process, Granite Bay rolled over Oak Ridge 9-0, Davis 8-1 and Del Oro 9-0 to claim the team championship.

For most of the season, the twins will play singles as Granite Bay competes in Sierra Foothill League matches. They’ll join forces when the postseason arrives.

“In doubles, we get to be a power team,” Lily Forlini says.

This season, and beyond.

“We want to stay together,” Chloe Forlini says. “That would be such a great experience.”

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