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    Athlete of the week: Randy Goodenough

    Editor’s Note: The Arizona Daily Wildcat caught up with opposite hitter Randy Goodenough yesterday to discuss her career highs in kills and digs set Saturday, as well as her favorite summer movie and her far-out coach.

    Wildcat: Your name is Randy Goodenough. I’m sure you’ve gotten a lot of grief about that.

    Goodenough: I’ve heard them all.

    W: What’s the strangest thing anyone’s ever said about Randy Goodenough?

    G: “”Are you good enough?”” is the one I get most often. “”Oh, she’s not good enough”” is another. I can’t think of the strangest, but people do double takes when they try to pronounce my name. Or I get it pronounced “”Good-en-out”” or “”Good-en-oh.””

    W: If you could change your name, would you?

    G: No. Never.

    W: Not even to Katie Jackels (senior libero)?

    G: No (laughs). As much as I love Katie, I love my name.

    W: Here’s the scenario: You’re playing Chase Budinger in a volleyball doubles match. Who is your partner and who is his partner?

    G: (Long pause) That’s tricky. I’d probably take Katie Jackels because she’s a good defender, and she can set me the ball. I’d play the front row, she’d play the back row. She’s got my back. His partner – no, he doesn’t get a partner.

    W: Who wins?

    G: Obviously, we do.

    W: Your dad, Keith, played football at Washington State. Does he play any volleyball?

    G: No, actually. He’s kind of learned with me playing. When I was little, I liked the idea of playing volleyball, and it was the sport my parents didn’t know, and I was attracted to the fact that my parents couldn’t coach me, because my dad was my basketball coach forever. Now that I’ve been playing for about seven years, he’s kind of tried to play a little bit, but he’s an athlete so he picks it up pretty quick.

    W: You and your team lost in five games to St. Mary’s on Saturday night but you set career highs in kills (26) and digs (16). That doesn’t make up for the loss, but how do you feel about your new personal records?

    G: I’m definitely pleased in setting these records. I wish they went with a win. A win would have made it so much sweeter, but I’ve proven to myself and my team now that I’m dependable. Now the hard part is that I’ve seen myself do it and I have to do it every game from here on out. I don’t have to set a record every game, but I have to be dependable and consistent.

    W: What was the best summer movie?

    G: I thought “”Knocked Up”” was pretty classic.

    W: Can you quote any part of it?

    G: “”I’m gonna throw you in my DeLorean and gun it to 88.””

    W: You think coach Rubio had an afro in the ’70s and ’80s?

    G: I’m sure he rocked it. It’s Dave Rubio. Have you seen the cars he’s driven? He has like nine or so old-school Chevys and trucks and VW bugs. I can definitely see Rubio with a big afro.

    W: What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you hear, “”Arizona volleyball 2007″”?

    G: Competitors.

    – as told to Lance Madden

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