LOWELL | Hunter Jusevitch is never not in season.
From the moment she started summer workouts before her freshman volleyball season, she hasn't taken a any time away from sports.
"Even during the moratorium weeks, I'm usually playing at a World Series or something in softball," the Lowell junior said.
Jusevitch is a libero on the Red Devils volleyball team, a guard on the basketball team and plays shortstop for the softball team. She also plays offseason volleyball and basketball, and travel softball.
"She doesn't just play all three sports, she excels at all three sports. There's a lot to say for her person to go from one to another without a break," Lowell basketball coach Matt Welsh said. "Even though she's playing travel volleyball in the summer and playing all these other sports, she never misses a workout, and she's here every day we ask them to be here in the summer and that's just leading by example. There's a lot of people that play multiple sports and aren't fair to one or another, but she gives them all an equal amount of respect and time and effort."
That's what makes Jusevitch a perfect teammate and recipient of the basketball team's mental attitude award last season, Welsh said.
With the graduation of 95 percent of last year's scoring that went with the Class of 2013, Jusevitch's role on the floor has changed. She showed her talents at the end of the 2012-13 campaign, mostly as a pure shooter.
"She was an unknown last year and had many seniors around her, so she could excel for us," Welsh said. "Now she's being face-guarded a lot and double-teamed, and to her credit she's still scoring with that kind of microscope on you all the time says a lot about her work ethic, too."
The Red Devils host the Sectional 1 games this week for the first time ever (Lowell hosted regional games in 1976, 1977 and 2000). The host drew the bye and will play the winner of Tuesday's E.C. Central vs. Morton game on Friday.
Jusevitch said playing in her home gym for the sectional comes with its advantages. The guard scored 20 at home against Hobart to help secure a share of the Northwest Crossroads Conference title, and had 23 at home against Lake Central.
"It's nice that we get to watch every team we'll play and that it's here," Jusevitch said. "It's really nice and we have a really nice court and the atmosphere is really awesome when everyone comes. We're fortunate to have such a nice gym like this."
The second of four children of basketball coaches — her father is an assistant on the boys team and her mother coaches middle school basketball — even her 23 points wasn't overly cheered around the dinner table.
"My siblings, we always fight, but they push me," Jusevitch said. "The other night, I had 23 points, and my brother was like, 'Hunter, you missed this, this and this.' They're always just pushing me and that's what makes our family close."
"Being the daughter of coaches, she knows the game really well and her basketball IQ is super high," Welsh said. "She doesn't doesn't get any shortcuts to her success, that's for sure."
While she's averaging 15.5 points per game for the Red Devils, she's playing travel softball in her free time this winter and working out to help her sister in her travel volleyball schedule.
She devotes so much of her body and work ethic to sports, she can't pick a favorite.
"My best sport is softball, and I love basketball I think I'm really good at it, but I'm fairly short, and that's definitely a difficulty," the 5-foot-2 Jusevitch said. "For softball, that's not a big factor. For volleyball, I'm a libero, but in college girls that play back row are 5-7."
For the time being, basketball rules the schedule. The junior hopes it takes as much time as it needs to, extending as long into the winter as the team will allow.
"We started out really well this season, and then lost some games we should have won," Jusevitch said. "Hopefully, now that we know what we can do, we can finish the season strong."