061024 Taylor Ruckh

061024 Taylor Ruckh - Sports DENNIS STIERER/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Lewiston, NY - Taylor Ruckh, a senior on the Lewiston-Porter volleyball team warms up before a game.

It should come as no surprise that Taylor Ruckh has been taking center stage most of the season for the Lewiston-Porter boys volleyball team.

That’s because when he’s not leading the Lancers in kills, he has one of the lead roles in the school’s upcoming fall play.

Ruckh will be playing the role of Felix Unger in the school’s production of Neil Simon’s comedy “The Odd Couple” on Nov. 3 and 4. So while he’s gearing up to be on stage next month, he’s also hoping to help the Lancers do well in the Section VI playoffs.

“I am psyched about sectionals,” Ruckh said. “We have one of our better teams.”

Lew-Port coach Brian Hartz knows that Ruckh, who plays outside hitter, is an important cog for the Lancers this season.

“Taylor is the arm of the team,” Hartz said. “He’s led the team in kills every match.”

But surprisingly, Ruckh didn’t start playing volleyball until his sophomore year.

“I was at a graduation party and went to another one where they had a volleyball net set up outside,” he said. “We started playing, and some volleyball players told me I should play. I decided to go out for the team, and I have no regrets about doing so.”

As for going right from volleyball practice to rehearsal, Ruckh doesn’t find that to be a problem at all.

“It’s a calm way to take a break from volleyball,” Ruckh said. “It’s something I love to do.”

Ruckh said the role of Felix Unger is a little different than the roles Ruckh has previously played.

“Usually, I did dramas,” he said. “But this is a great role in a classic play.”

Ruckh hopes to continue to act while in college, but doesn’t expect the lead role right away.

“You start your way at the bottom and work your way up to the top,” he said.

Ruckh has worked his way to the top on the stage. Now he’s hoping to help the Lancers get to the top in the sectionals as well.

Contact Pat Murray at 282-2311, Ext. 2258.

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