Usually when talk centers around the Truman volleyball team, the chatter has for the last few years began with Taryn Nash and ended with Kassidy Ritchel.

Usually when talk centers around the Truman volleyball team, the chatter has for the last few years began with Taryn Nash and ended with Kassidy Ritchel.
After all, seniors Nash and Ritchel are three-year varsity starters for the Patriots and both were named to the Examiner’s All-Area team last season.
But on Wednesday, during Truman’s Class 4 District 15 championship game win against Winnetonka, Lauribeth Agee, Kathryn Ruddy and Katelynne Willits were the toast of the Truman contingent that made the trip north on Interstate 435 to Winnetonka to witness a 26-24, 25-15  victory.
Agee led the Patriots (22-11-1) with 11 kills, tossed in 10 assists and managed seven digs, Ruddy served three momentum-grabbing aces and had nine digs and Willits chipped in two blocks and three kills, none more exciting than the spike that ended the match. The win gave the Patriots its third district championship in the last four years and a berth in Saturday’s Class 4 sectional playoffs at Blue Springs South High School. 
“That was just like the coolest thing ever,” Willits said of her game-clinching kill. “That’s the best thing that has ever happened to me in my life. I haven’t had anything ever happier than this.”
Willits said she had a message for Nash when the Patriots went up 24-15 in game two.
“I was like, ‘Taryn give me the ball, I want to get this kill. I want to remember this moment for the rest of my life,’ ” Willits said. “Just getting that last point – there’s not a word I can use to describe how that makes me feel. I’m going to remember this for the rest of my life, and having all these girls here to share it with just makes it better.”
Time after time Wednesday, Agee was seemingly all over the floor. The junior outside hitter said after last season’s district championship loss to North Kansas City there was no way she was going to let seniors Nash, Ritchel, Mikayla Jensen and Kelsie Atagi go home this year without hardware.
“They mean the world to me,” Agee said of Truman’s senior class. “I love them. I was going to do everything in my power to get them (a championship). This is great. Last year we didn’t pull it out, but this year it is awesome. It feels good to get it back again.”
Ruddy, a junior libero, opened game two with an ace. Later in the same game, she served two more aces to solidify Truman’s push toward the district championship. Ruddy credited Agee with pushing her to become a better player.
“Everyone is playing for the same cause and we are all fighting for the same points,” Ruddy said. “Lauribeth and I have this communication thing going on. We both trust each other. Her and I both hustle 100 percent. I know when Lauribeth is back there with me, nothing is dropping.”
An exuberant Agee was quick to point out Ruddy not only makes her a  better player, but makes the team as a whole that much better.
“She always hustles and does every little thing that she can,” Agee said. “Without her and without her serves tonight, there is no way the rest of the team can do our jobs.”
Truman head coach Denise Craig passed credit around with the ease displayed by Agee and Nash, who led the Patriots in assists with 17 against Winnetonka. Craig was especially high on the play of Willits.
“I sat on the bench and I told the coaches ‘Katie Willits is playing out of her head,’” Craig said. “She really does a good job blocking for us and tonight she really stepped up.” 
Next up for Truman is a sectional contest Saturday against the winner of tonight’s Class 4 District 16 match between Liberty and Park Hill South.