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August 25, 2013

Around the Horn with North Andover volleyball player Erin Cox

Last fall Erin Cox helped lead North Andover to the North finals for the second time in the volleyball program’s history.

Now a senior, the setter is already a two-time Eagle-Tribune All-Star. Only nine area volleyball players since 1988 have been three-time All-Stars.

In this week’s Around the Horn, Cox discussed learning the game from her sister, her brush with celebrity and what schools she’s considering.

What did you do this summer? “I work at the Andover Inn. I’m a hostess there. I also played a lot of beach volleyball at Hampton and Point Sebago in Naples, Maine.”

Did you ever meet any celebrities at the Andover Inn? “Olivie Wilde was in. I told her where the bathroom was and I felt pretty important.”

Compare and contrast beach volleyball to regular volleyball? “It’s doubles (two players) but it’s mostly the same rules.”

How did you become a volleyball player? “My sister Emily taught me everything I know. I’d like to play with her when I get older. I played in a beach tourney with her in Newport. She goes to Worcester State. She used to play there.”

What’s your favorite personal athletic achievement? “Probably making varsity as a freshman. It was a big thing since my sister Emily did it.”

Are you going to play in college? “I want to. It’s a big decision. It’s back and forth.”

What schools are you looking at? “WPI, UMass Boston, SNHU, Stony Brook and URI.”

Do you play any other sports? “I think I might play softball again. I played freshman year on the JV. I did crew with Essex Rowing. It’s pretty intense.”

What does it mean to be a two-time Eagle-Tribune All-Star? “It feels pretty good. I’m not the cocky type. My parents are happy about it.”

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