Together, they’ve literally put a program on their backs.
And twin brothers Anibal and Jeyson Henriquez nearly carried Lawrence High all the way to a Massachusetts state Division 1 championship.
The 2013 Merrimack Valley Conference co-Players of the Year will also share this year’s Eagle-Tribune Most Valuable Player award.
“They took on volleyball and never looked back on their quest to be the best,” said coach Tony Hajjar of the twin powerhouses. “They’re great kids, who worked hard from the first day they came here and never stopped.”
Blessed with extreme athleticism, the brothers dominated at the net as the Lancers ripped off a run of 21 straight wins in a 23-2 season. In the North title match win over St. John’s they combined to blast 32 kills. Overall, Anibal roped 306 kills this year, and Jeyson added another 264.
Anibal made our team as a junior, while Jeyson earned honorable mention status as both four-year varsity players were conference all-stars as juniors.
Off the floor, the boys have relied on themselves growing up without their mom. Together, they held down a full course load this year, dedicated themselves to volleyball and each worked weekends to help pay the family bills.
The damage they inflict on the floor is by no means over either. The two brothers will head to Daniel Webster College in the fall, where they will continue to play volleyball.
2013 Eagle-Tribune Volleyball All-Star Team
Player, School Yr. Position
Alec Dean, Andover Jr. Outside Hitter
* Anibal Henriquez, Lawrence Sr. Opposite/Defense
* Jeyson Henriquez, Lawrence Sr. Outside Hitter
Justin Scott, Pinkerton Sr. Outside Hitter
Tucker Lippold, Windham Jr. Setter
Eric Denning, Salem Sr. Middle Hitter
Andrew Ruffen, Salem Sr., Setter
Casey Fitzpatrick, Haverhill Jr. Setter
Windham High Junior
Three-year varsity starter. Second-team all-state selection for Division 1 runner-up. Served up 171 points with 21 aces. Totaled 472 assists, with 832 in his career. Has only 32 career errors. “A natural athlete who has adopted a true passion for the sport of volleyball,” said coach Chris Baribeau. Member of the National Honor Society. A state champion in soccer, also plays hoop. Focused on growing into the first multi-sport boys collegiate athlete ever from Windham High.