Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- After listening to each of the three Waidacher sisters, it's obvious none of them grew up in Duluth.
"We had English in school for a couple of years but it was just grammar so we didn't talk much," said Nina Waidacher.
"I was shy to speak because of my accent," said Isabel. "I was really afraid to talk to people but now they know I have an accent so it's fine."
Thankfully for the St. Scholastica women's hockey team, the Switzerland natives have made the Northland their home during college with a little help from the oldest Waidacher.
"I always told my sisters how cool it is here and how much I like it," said Monika. "The team is so nice and really competitive so you learn a lot. It's so much fun."
Monika's plea worked. Just a year after she arrived at CSS, her sister Nina joined her. This fall, Isabel rounded out the Saints trio.
"I actually love it here," said Nina. "Not just hockey, everything, like school and the people around here."
"I really like it over here. It's so much different, like the lifestyle over here, but I really love it," said Isabel.
Despite growing up together, this is the first year the three sisters have been on the same team together. And because they're related, Monika, Nina, and Isabel all say it makes them more competitive even when they're sharing the same ice.
"When you play with your sister, you're really honest and tell them what to do. With teammates, you're still honest, but you would never yell at them," said Monika.
There hasn't been the need for much yelling this season though. The sisters have combined for 59 points.
Being so far away from home, the girls are thankful to have each other.
"It's nice to have someone here when you don't see your family every week and to talk Swiss–German. That's nice too," said Nina.
Now with all three sisters on the ice, Monika hopes it'll convince another Waidacher to make the trip.
"My Dad was here a couple of times but never for a game so hopefully this year he'll finally come."