Cox finishes five-game suspension

TEWKSBURY, Mass. -- A measure of normalcy returned on Wednesday for the North Andover (Mass.) High girls' volleyball team, which returned to game action for the first time since one of its players was thrust into national headlines.

Senior Erin Cox, who was stripped of her captaincy after school administrators found she was in the presence of alcohol while picking up a drunk friend at a house party two weeks ago, served the final game of her five-game suspension as North Andover cruised past Tewksbury.

Cox was in attendance and cheered on her teammates from the sideline as the Scarlet Knights improved to 13-1. North Andover won in straight sets, 25-16, 25-18, 25-8 and didn't trail at any point of the match.

When approached following Wednesday's match, North Andover coach Veronica Schafer said she had been advised by administrators not to comment on the suspension.

North Andover district administrators have yet to respond to repeated media inquiries.

Cox is eligible to return Friday at Billerica.