BY LARRY VAUGHT
Kentucky opened its volleyball season last week and two-time SEC Libero of the Year Ashley Dusek already had a huge fan in Danville in 6-year-old Naomi Wheeler because of her experience at the UK volleyball camp this summer.
“She showed the kids a love and enthusiasm for the game first of all,” Heather Wheeler, Naomi’s mother, said. “Secondly she put the time and effort into interacting with the kids in a fun and positive manner. And even though these were really young kids, she was patient in teaching them real, fundamental volleyball skills.
“In the end, she — and all of the girls — really acted like they wanted to be there and loved interacting with the kids, not like it was something that they were required to do as UK players.”
Naomi Wheeler has the UK volleyball poster featuring Dusek on her wall at home.
“Of course, it doesn’t hurt that Naomi’s momma was a defensive specialist in college,” Heather Wheeler laughed and said.