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October 13, 2013

Around the Horn with Melissa Cino, Windham volleyball

Windham senior Melissa Cino has put up big numbers on the volleyball court and the lacrosse field.

She recently passed 1,100 career assists in a win over St. Thomas, which had beaten the Jags the seven previous times they had played.

Cino is a returning All-Division 2 player and is an Eagle-Tribune All-Star for the two-time defending Division 3 state champion lacrosse team.

She learned her lacrosse skills from her father, Paul, a Pinkerton grad who was second-team All-American one year and third-team All-American another at West Point.

She also learned leadership from him. He teaches sports leadership courses and she’s a two-time team captain in both sports.

In this week’s Around the Horn, Cino spoke about leadership, playing both sports for coach Julie Bartlett and why she may give up sports after this spring.

That must have been a special night beating St. Thomas and getting your 1,100th career assist? “That night was probably one of the best nights of my volleyball career. I’ve played them seven times, just to finally beat them was huge. And getting the award was huge. It was an amazing night.”

Why is everyone making a big deal out of 1,100? Isn’t 1,000 the big one? “For the 1,000th, it was an away game. They wanted to do it at a home game.”

What are your goals for this year? “For our team, we’ve never made it to the final four. That’s the big goal and hopefully win it from there.”

How are you doing academically? “I’m No. 32 of 170. I’m in the National Honor Society.”

Will you play college sports? “I might play lacrosse in college. It’s what I’ve done my whole life, play sports. I almost want to try something new.”

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