Geneva junior boys volleyball outside hitter Nick Buseski is charting his own athletic path. The 6-foot-8 Buseski’s Yugoslavian-born father, Tomo, played college soccer, but after a major growth spurt, it’s only natural that Buseski is building his reputation in a sport like volleyball. Buseski also has played defensive line in football but likely will narrow his focus to club volleyball over the summer in hopes of eventually playing in college. In this week’s Weekend Chit-chat with Chronicle sports editor Jay Schwab, Buseski touches on his towering net presence, the Vikings’ season and the difficulty of maintaining focus this time of year. The following is an edited transcript:
When did you mostly hit that growth spurt to get up to 6-8?
Kind of summer into freshman year, that was probably my biggest growth spurt, and it’s been a couple inches every year ever since.
Do you have a lot of height in your immediate family?
My mom and dad are both 6-foot but some distant cousins I guess are pretty tall.
How did you get into volleyball?
Freshman year the basketball coach (Scott Hennig) was also doing freshman boys volleyball for the first year and he really wanted me to play. He asked me to play and I loved it.
So volleyball outlasted basketball?
Yeah, I ended up getting hurt the summer of my sophomore year due to a basketball injury and I just never went back.
How would you assess how this season is going?
We’re a pretty young team so we have a lot of inconsistencies but as the season’s progressing we’re able to rid ourselves of those inconsistencies. Every match we’re playing a little better. So far in conference we’re doing pretty well and starting to develop that chemistry that a volleyball team needs.
Do you feel like you’re capable of being an intimidating presence at the net at your size?
For sure. Whenever there’s a big guy at the net, the other team always worries about that bigger guy. For me going up to block, they never set it over to my side because why take the risk? It goes the same for our middle [6-foot-4 Sam Wulfkuhle], they never set it when he’s by them.
Is it hard to stay locked in, not only just with volleyball but on school, once the calendar hits May?
Yeah, it’s a big cluster of sports and school and the weather finally stating to get nice, so a lot of us have trouble keeping [focused] on sectional finals and the conference championship and state and everything. We have a lot of commitment issues with the team. We’re young guys, so it’s expected but it’s definitely an issue.