ANDOVER — Longtime Andover volleyball coach George Sullivan laughed as he took a razzing from a pair of his players during practice last week.
"Let me tell you," he said with a chuckle. "When you get all three of the Arvidson sisters together like we did recently, they'll tease you like crazy. They are a just so funny."
While the Arvidsons may have a sense of humor in common, they share another key trait. They all happen to be stars on the volleyball court.
This year, the Golden Warriors volleyball team, which opened the season with a stellar performance in a loss to Central Catholic, is led onto the court by senior co-captain Kirsten Arvidson and her sophomore sister Sarah. That continues the tradition set fourth by sister and 2007 Andover High graduate Heather Arvidson.
"My sisters have inspired me a lot," said Sarah. "I have to live up to them and be as good as them. And since I am younger, I want to be even better. They push meC to be as good as I can be."
The Arvidsons fell in love with volleyball the moment Heather, who would go on to be named All-Merrimack Valley Conference as a senior, first gave it a try when she entered high school.
"She started playing her freshman year and we all started after that," said Kirsten. "I used to go to a lot of her games and that's what introduced me to volleyball."
The year after Heather graduated, Kirsten made the varsity team. The 6-foot-1 sophomore earned the job as starting middle hitter on the Golden Warriors squad that advanced to the Division 1 state semifinals in 2007.
Andover High struggled as a team last season, going 7-11 and missing the tournament. But it was a stellar year for Arvidson.