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Smyrna/Clayton Sun-Times
  • Eagle Eye: Smyrna High freshman McCusker shines on the volleyball court

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  • Kylie McCusker was the only freshman chosen for the Smyrna High School 2013 varsity volleyball team. Kylie began playing volleyball when she was only two. She learned how to play from her father, who was a high school volleyball coach. Ever since then Kylie, now 15, has been practicing every day because she loves the sport.
    Kylie's goals are set high. She hopes to play Division I volleyball in college. She is currently taking all honors courses in school and just received straight A's. She said that her mother and father are probably her biggest supporters. Other than volleyball, she also loves to play soccer in the spring.
    "Volleyball does interfere with my school work. Sometimes I'm doing homework at 3 a.m.," Kylie said.
    Kylie enjoys her time outside of school because she is always playing volleyball in her free time. Kylie says her favorite part of the game is setting. She says it was hard being the only freshman on the team.
    "It was definitely challenging because the coaches held me to standards that the seniors had four years to accomplish. I feel like I learned a lot from the older players on the team. It was such an honor to play under [Coach] Wandless and with the girls."
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