Over the balance of their high school careers, Ellie Ruby, Lexi Smith, and Jensen Warnock have proven to be leaders in multiple aspects for their respective high schools — not only athletically, but academically, as well.
And ultimately, all of that hard work does pay off.
On Sunday morning, Ruby, Smith, and Warnock — each multi-sport athletes and academic stalwarts — saw the pay off in the sport of volleyball as the trio each earned All-Ohio honors, with Ruby claiming Second-Team All-Ohio honors in the Division III ranks and Smith accomplishing the same feat in the Division IV realm. Warnock, meanwhile, added honorable mention accolades in the Division IV realm to round out a strong Scioto County representation on the All-State list.
Ruby, a three-sport athlete who was one of two Wheelersburg seniors inside the Lady Pirates’ volleyball program, led Wheelersburg in digs (523) and service receptions (428), and was second on the Lady Pirates’ roster in aces (35) en route to leading Wheelersburg to a 23-3 overall record and an appearance in the Division III, Region 11 Semifinals. Ruby finished with 1,272 digs, 1,088 service receptions, and 124 aces in 307 sets played over the course of her varsity career.
Smith, who has been a mainstay on the Notre Dame frontline throughout her four-year varsity career as a Lady Titan, was simply spectacular throughout, but especially in 2017, where the 6-0 outside hitter led the team in kills (498), attack percentage (.470), digs (302), blocks (91), and aces (76) en route to a stellar campaign that would rival anybody’s in the State of Ohio, especially considering that Smith was a central figure in leading the Lady Titans to its first-ever victory in regional tournament play. The senior finished her volleyball career with 1,655 kills, a .477 attack percentage, 810 digs, 709 service receptions, 327 blocks, and 227 aces.
As for Warnock, the 5-10 junior outside hitter, like her two former counterparts, proved to be nothing less than everywhere in 2017 en route to collecting a team-high 402 kills, a .405 attack percentage, 325 digs, and 278 service receptions in 2017. The three-sport athlete also obtained 55 aces to tie for second on the team in that category.
With one season left to play in her high school volleyball career, Warnock has already collected 1,003 kills and a .382 attack percentage in 227 sets played. The junior sits just 97 digs away from 1,000 (903 for her career) and has 156 aces to round out a standout career that will have the volleyball, basketball, and softball standout as one of the best to ever play inside the program.
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