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July 7, 2014

Eagle-Tribune 2014 Boys Volleyball All-Star team

The 2014 Eagle-Tribune Volleyball All-Star team

Name School Class Position

Alec Dean Andover Sr. Outside Hitter

Casey Fitzpatrick Haverhill Sr. Opposite Hitter

*Andy Henriquez, Lawrence Jr. Setter

Christian Taveras Lawrence Sr. Outside Hitter

Tim Galloway-Burke Methuen Jr. Middle Hitter

Darren Righini Salem Sr. Libero

Kyle Heidler Pinkerton Sr. Setter

Camden Todd Timberlane Jr. Middle Hitter

Tucker Lippold, Sr. Windham Setter

* Denotes Player of the Year

MVP: Henriquez: Junior setter follows in brothers’ footsteps

At almost 6-foot-4, Lawrence’s Andy Henriquez would be an intimidating force in almost any sport. Then you add in his jumping ability and add a ball and volleyball net and, well, the Lawrence High junior is as big of a force as there is on the local volleyball scene.

Henriquez is the 2014 boys volleyball Player of the Year.

”Then you add in the fact that he’s a lefty,” said Lawrence High coach Tony Hajjar Sr. “And man, he’s tough.”

Despite his size and power at the net -- he had 150 kills and 85 blocks in 23 matches -- Henriquez’s best attribute is his passing. He amassed an amazing 635 assists, including matches in the state tournament that he hit 40-plus.

”It’s something I’ve always been able to do,” said Henriquez, on his ability to play setter. “Honestly, I just love to play. It doesn’t matter where I am on the court. I just like to be involved.”

Henriquez got his start in the sport while watching his older brothers, Jeyson and Anibal, both Lawrence High graduates and former volleyball players. And, oh yes, Henriquez’s brothers were the 2013 co-Eagle-Tribune Players of the Year.

He was in eighth grade when he played on a Junior Olympic team. He was hooked. And his decent baseball career was over.

”The fact that my brothers were playing definitely played a role in me starting this sport,” said Henriquez. “I liked baseball. I was a pretty good pitcher and first baseman. But I liked volleyball more. There’s a lot more tempo to the game. It’s not boring at all. There just seems to be a lot more energy in this sport.”

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