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August 25, 2013

Around the Horn with North Andover volleyball player Erin Cox

By Michael Muldoon
mmuldoon@eagletribune.com

---- — 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.”

What’s been the lowest point of your career? “Nothing big. Everybody has their low points.”

What was it like growing up watching your sister play? “It always made me want to play. That’s how the coach (Veronica Schaefer) got to know me, through my sister.”

What’s something people don’t know about you? “I had never been on a plane until this year. I went to D.C. for a volleyball tourney.”

Besides Emily, any other athletes in the family? “My older sister, Elizabeth, played softball in high school. She graduated in 2008.”

What’s your dream job? “I’m looking into pharmacy or engineering.”

Who’s your dream date? “Zac Efron.”

What is your pet peeve? “People who chew with their mouth open.”

Do you have a nickname? “Ferret.”

Who do you follow on Twitter-Facebook? “Olivia Wilde.”

Do you have any pets? “Two cats, P.J. and Charlie.”

If you were named principal, what’s the first thing you’d do? “Give back senior privileges.”

FERRET’S FAVORITES

Group or singer: Avicii

Song: Take Me Home

Book: Small Steps by Peg Kehret

App: I Heart Radio

Actor-actress: Zac Efron

Movie: Taken

TV show: Twisted

Athlete: Michael Jordan

Food: Watermelon

Car: Mercedes E350 Sport

Restaurant: Bertucci’s

Teacher in school: History teacher Mr. (John) Freiermuth, I talk to him a lot about sports.

Third Time the Charm

Three-time Eagle-Tribune volleyball all-stars (1988-present):

Name School Years

Brenna McNally Pinkerton 2010-12

Carolyn Eddy Central 2007-09

Jadith Lorenzo Lawrence 2006-08

Ashley McLaughlin Andover 2001-03

Jess Cegarra Timberlane 2000-02

Karen Harrington Salem 1999-01

Robin Young Andover 1998-00

Yolanda Bogacz Haverhill 1994-96

Jennifer Arrajj Lawrence 1992-94

Note: Erin Cox could accomplish the feat this fall.