McPherson High volleyball coach Christy Doile is always excited when one of her seniors signs a letter of intent to continue to play at the collegiate level.
She was especially excited on Tuesday when Katlyn Ruth signed a letter of intent with Cloud County Community College, where Doile recently was inducted into its Hall of Fame for both volleyball and softball.
The 5-10 Ruth was a two-year standout for the Bullpups, who this past season took second in the state to Miege after finishing third in the state the year before.
She had a big hand in this year’s success, so much so she earned AVCTL honorable mention honors.
Ruth can play multiple positions, including outside hitter and middle hitter. She said Cloud has a lot of positives that drew her to the school.
“It just felt like a great place and everyone was so nice to each other,” Ruth said. “It just felt like a family.”
And she had Doile has a reference.
“She really liked it and hopes I like it,” Ruth said. “It was kind of like this (McPherson), but I liked the way it felt.”
“She can hit from any of the positions,” Doile said. “She would learn one, then took on another one. I think her power and her strength improved throughout her career. It’s been a while since we’ve had somebody go to Cloud.”
Molly Skocny is the Thunderbirds’ coach. “I think the thing Molly likes about her is that she can do so many things,” Doile said.
Skocny will be entering her fourth year at Cloud, but this actually is her second stint at the school as she served as the team’s coach from 2001-2006 and she is a former T-Bird volleyball standout.
Cloud was 22-12 this past season and took third in the Jayhawk Conference. The team advanced to the regional semifinals before losing to Seward County.
Ruth is a member of KAYS, International Club, FCA and the Honor Roll as she’s involved in many activities off the court.