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Arizona volleyball, Arizobal return home

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Ryan Revock / The Daily Wildcat Junior Outside Hitter Taylor Arizobal jumps to block a spike from a Wofford player on Sept. 21 at the McKale Memorial Center.

Arizona volleyball (16-8, 6-6 Pac-12) returns to McKale Center for its longest home stand, after playing four matches on the road.

Arizona hosts Washington State tonight at 8 p.m. and Washington on Sunday.

The Wildcats split the past weekend, losing to Oregon and defeating Oregon State, and the plan for the team was to leave the weekend behind and use the short amount of time it had to prepare for tonight.

Freshman Kyra Holt is Washington State’s key player, as she leads her team offensively with 3.97 kills per set and 4.67 points per set average. Holt is also the recent Pac-12 Freshman of the Week.

Arizona currently stands as one of the best defensive teams in the Pac-12 Conference with 29 combined double-doubles on the year, the most in the Pac-12.

Junior outside hitter Taylor Arizobal is fifth on the team with 183 points. Last weekend against Oregon State, she provided six kills and two blocks. Arizobal answered some questions before tonight’s match.

Daily Wildcat: Do you have any pre-game superstitions?

Arizobal: Well, we have dance parties in the locker room, and I used to have a superstition where I would wear a new headband every time we lost. But I ran out of headbands, so that superstition is gone.

When are you most nervous while competing?

Probably the beginning [of the match]. My freshman year, I used to get so nervous, but now the nerves have calmed down.

What’s your favorite part about being a college athlete?

My favorite part about being a college athlete, especially here in Arizona, is that it’s really a family. Everyone is always here in McKale; it just feels like a family. I like being a college athlete — plus you get to meet a lot of new people and new friends, and it’s not really hard to make friends, too, so it’s nice.

What’s your favorite volleyball memory?

Freshman year when we beat UCLA. That was my very first big upset win. They were ranked No. 5, and we weren’t ranked, so it was just so significant because we were the underdogs.

What do you think about Washington State’s uniforms?

They’re interesting, but I obviously like our uniforms way better. But theirs are interesting. They’re cool; they’re really nice.

How would you give away $50,000?

I think I would give it to charity. I really like the Make-A-Wish Foundation, so I would probably either give it to them or donate it to Arizona volleyball or all the UA athletics.

—Follow Rose Aly Valenzuela @RoseAlyVal

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