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Clark County Sports

August 31, 2009

Grenadier sister show

Siblings join forces on sidelines for IU-Southeast

When Lesley Drury-Prather was hired as the Indiana University Southeast head volleyball coach earlier this year, she did not have to look far for a qualified assistant coach.

Drury-Prather called her younger sister and best friend, Sarah Drury-Petkovic, to see if she wanted to be a member of the Grenadier coaching staff.

Without hesitation, Drury-Petkovic said yes.

“She’s got so much knowledge and experience with the game,” Drury-Prather said about her sister. “She’s perfect for the job. We have a blast coaching together.”

This year is the first time both women have coached alongside each other after being teammates on the volleyball squads at both Pleasure Ridge Park High School in Louisville and the University of Louisville.

Drury-Petkovic, 28, says the sisters have never discussed coaching together until her older sibling called about the IU Southeast post.

“I don’t know if we ever thought about it,” said Drury-Petkovic, who is 1 1/2 years younger than Drury-Prather, 29. “We never talked about it. It just kind of happened.”

The sisters have been tight-knit ever since they were youngsters. Along with being teammates on the volleyball squad at PRP, they also were teammates on the girls’ basketball and girls’ track teams at the school.

The siblings were teammates at U of L from 1999-2001 and currently they work together as real estate agents at Mayer Realtors in Louisville.

Drury-Petkovic says about the only time the sisters have been apart is when she was a member of the United States national volleyball team from 2003-07.

“There is not a lot of time that we have spent apart,” Drury-Petkovic said. “I think we’re very open with each other. (Their relationship) never gets tense because we are honest with each other.”

Drury-Prather has enjoyed coaching alongside her sister this season.

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