Deaton on Ruth: "Ruth is a real team leader. Off the floor she is an easy-going girl and on the floor she is very driven. Kelly is one of those girls that if you're not playing hard, she'll tell you to get off the floor. She has developed all the shots also so it is going to be interesting on that outside."
2008 ... started in all 31 matches during her junior year, playing in 114 sets ... was twice named Atlantic 10 Player of the Week (10/6 & 10/20) ... named to the A-10 All-Conference Second Team as well was to the A-10 Academic All-Conference Team ... voted onto the CoSida Academic All-District team for District IV ... earned all-tournament team honors for her work at the OSU Sports Imports Classic, the George Tech Regency Suites Classic and the Stony Brook Holiday Inn Express Tournament ... tallied 12 double-doubles on the season including a career-high 27 kills to go along with 12 digs at IPFW on Oct. 14 ... followed that with a 22 kill and career-high 24 dig outing versus Fordham on Oct. 17 ... finished the season ranked first on the team and sixth in the A-10 in kills with 366 ... also ranked sixth in the A-10 in points per set (3.74) ... also led the team with 316 digs ... named to the A-10 Commissioner's Honor Roll following both the fall and spring semesters.
2007 ... Ruth started in 32 of XU's 35 matches and played in 117 games for the Musketeers in 2007 ... was twice named Atlantic 10 Player of the Week (9/24 & 10/22) ... earned A-10 All-Conference Honorable Mention accolades and was also named to the A-10 Academic All-Conference team ... was named to the Toledo Rocket Classic and Michigan-Pepsi Challenge All-Tournament teams ... posted a team-high 14 double-doubles including at Temple on Oct. 6 when she set a new career-high in kills with 21 (21K/12D) and versus Saint Louis on Nov. 17 when she set a new career-high in digs with 24 (11K/24D) ... also set career highs in block assists (7) vs. IPFW on Oct. 23, in assists (4) at Toledo on Aug. 24 and service aces (3) at Rhode Island on Sept. 29 ... finished the season ranked eighth in the A-10 for digs (434) and 10th in kills (398) ... ranked first on the team in digs (434), second in kills (398) and solo blocks (12) and third in block assists (69) and total blocks (81) ... her 434 digs for the season ranks fourth in Xavier program history for digs in a season ... named to the A-10 Commissioner's Honor Roll following both the fall and spring semesters.
2006 ... found her way into the starting lineup 16 times in 2006, playing in 69 games over 23 matches ... posted six double-doubles on the year, the second-highest total on the squad ... recorded a career-high 16 kills versus North Florida on Sept. 16 and a career-high 16 digs at Duquesne on Oct. 20 ... ranked fourth on the team in kills per game, averaging 2.39 kills.
High School ... three-year starter for head coach Carol Russo at Elyria... helped lead the Pioneers to the Regional Finals in volleyball in 2004 and 2005 ... named First Team All-Ohio in 2005, District Player of the Year, County Player of the Year, Pioneer Conference Player of the Year and Lorain County Miss Volleyball ... ranks 19th in the Ohio state record books for kills in a career (939) and 11th for kills in a season (413) set in 2005 ... also was a two-year letterwinner in softball and a three-year letterwinner in basketball where she helped her team to the Regional Finals in 2004-05.
Personal ... a finance major ... daughter of Ed and Peggie Ruth ... her brother Ryan played baseball at Akron ... member of the National Honor Society and volunteered for the Special Olympics ... born February 16, 1988 in Lorain, Ohio.