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Volleyball wants to build on defining win

Big wins can restore a team’s confidence. And after beating then-ranked No. 2 UCLA on Saturday, confidence is exactly what the Arizona volleyball (11-6, 3-5) team has as it goes into this weekend’s conference play against Colorado and Utah.

“Now we have such a newfound confidence for the whole team, because that just set the standards for how we can play and what we can do,” said freshman middle blocker Rachel Rhoades.

Rhoades hit the winning kill last Saturday in the team’s victory over the No. 2 UCLA Bruins.

“It’s kind of just a blur, I’ve watched it a few times on YouTube — my sister put a video together — I’ve watched it over and over, and it’s just amazing,” Rhoades said. “I just remember Chloe (Mathis) rolling around on the floor.”

Rhoades expects a repeat performance.

“This weekend I think we’re going to dominate,” Rhoades said. “It’s still going to take a lot of work, and we have to get better in the gym.”

The Wildcats are on the road this weekend, first playing the Colorado Buffaloes on Friday, who are currently 0-9 in conference play. This will be the first time the Wildcats and Buffaloes have played since 1990.

On Saturday, Arizona will take on the Utah Utes, who are 2-7 in conference games.

Even with their track records, head coach Dave Rubio said neither team should be underestimated.

“I don’t think any weekend is less competitive,” Rubio said. “There are certain teams that you feel more threatened by than others. I don’t know how the players feel, but I feel threatened by everybody.”

Rhoades said the team is ready to roll.

“I still feel like we’re on this high right now, and that we’re going to keep rolling on it for a while,” she said.

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