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Arizona volleyball continues Pac-12 play in Washington

Ryan Revock
Ryan Revock / The Daily Wildcat UA Middle Blocker Olivia Magill spikes the ball against Oregon State on Sunday.

Arizona indoor volleyball starts its Washington road trip tonight in Seattle against the Huskies and finishes Sunday in Pullman against Washington State.

Arizona was defeated by Washington last time the team faced the Huskies in Tucson, now the Wildcats are in their territory with intentions to defeat them.

Washington has had a successful start to its season with a 11-1, 3-1 Pac-12 record. The only game the Huskies have lost this season was against Colorado.

Washington sophomore Lianna Sybeldon and junior Krista Vansant provide the offensive force for the Huskies with 79 combined kills. But Arizona’s defense is not too far behind.

Sophomore Halli Amaro, freshman Ashley Harris and senior Candace Nicholson have been putting high numbers on their defensive plays.

Nicholson had 13 digs and 5 assists in the Wildcat victory over Oregon State last weekend.

Arizona sophomore Olivia Magill is returning to her hometown at Seattle Friday night. Magill was recruited by Washington, but looking for a change, she took the opportunity when Arizona decided to make an offer.

“I went to high school really close to Washington, I really wanted something different,” Magill said in a press release.

Magill said she thought that going somewhere further with a different environment would make her grow as a person. She is aware that a lot of her friends and family will be out there to support her but knows she must stay focused on herself while she is on the court.

“I am going to have to mentally center myself before the game,” Magill said in a press release. “I am going to have a lot of people I know watching me and supporting me.”

This will be Magill’s first time traveling to Washington with the Wildcat team.

Arizona will have a day off the court to rest before playing the Washington State Cougars on Sunday.

Washington State also defeated Arizona last time they met in Pullman, WA.

The Cougars and the Wildcats are both young teams due to the fact that they both consist only two seniors on each roster.

The game against the Huskies will be at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday’s game against Washington State is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.

—Follow Rose Valenzuela @RoseAlyVal

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