Arizona (12-4, 2-2 Pac-12) vs. No. 6 Washington (11-1, 3-1 Pac-12)
Friday, Oct. 11, 2013 – 8:00 p.m. (Pac-12 Networks)
Series Record: Washington leads 31-25
Last Meeting: Washington def. Arizona 3-1 in Tucson on Sept. 22, 2012
Current Streak: Washington has won three straight in the series
Arizona (12-4, 2-2 Pac-12) vs. Washington State (14-3, 1-3 Pac-12)
Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013 – 1:00 p.m. (Pac-12 Networks)
Series Record: Arizona leads 59-15
Last Meeting: Washington State def. Arizona 3-1 in Pullman, Wash. on Nov. 21, 2012
Current Streak: Washington State has won one
By Jordy Clifton, UA Communication Services
The Arizona volleyball team’s road trips are business trips. The players and coaches go in, play hard, try and get a win then return home. For sophomore Olivia Magill, the trip to the Pacific Northwest means a little more. When the team travels to Seattle, she will be returning to the city where she grew up.
“Family is really big for me,” Magill said. “I grew up living on the same street as my grandma. It was really nice growing up in Seattle, even though the weather isn’t as nice as it is in Tucson.”
Magill attended Seattle Prep where she earned multiple state and district honors. She looks back fondly on the fun experiences she had with her high school team.
“My best memory in high school volleyball was winning state my junior year,” Magill said. “When I was a senior, we won districts and metros and I played outside hitter, so that was a different experience as well.”
Magill has had her share of fun times as a Wildcat as well. She grew up living in one of America’s wettest cities, which really makes her appreciate the year-round sunshine at UA.
“I like the weather better here, it gets pretty old having rain every day,” Magill said. “I really like having sunshine and not wearing a sweatshirt every day.”
Magill was always around the college environment and was comfortable with the Husky atmosphere. She grew up cheering for Washington, but wanted a change for herself as she got older.
“I went to high school really close to Washington, I really wanted something different,” Magill said. “I thought going somewhere further with a totally different environment would make me grow more as a person.”
Magill was recruited by Washington, knows the coaches well and had played with several girls on the roster before college. She had her heart set on leaving the state and Arizona came calling.
Traveling back to Seattle, Magill knows she will have to be more focused than ever.
“I am going to have to mentally center myself before the game,” Magill said. “I am going to have a lot of people I know watching me and supporting me.”
One of Magill’s supporters is her mom, Stacie. The majority of Magill’s family is from the Seattle area and they are anxious to see her play at Washington.
“There are a lot of her friends that are still in the area that look forward to seeing her play, because they have been watching her play for years,” Stacie said. “It is pretty exciting to actually be able to watch her play at the university.”
In Magill’s freshman season, UA only played Washington once, but it was in Tucson. Being around a home team crowd will be a different feel for Magill.
“My freshman year I didn’t get to go there,” Magill said. “I think it will be weird because I grew up going to their games and rooting for them. They have a really big band, when that starts playing it’s like ‘wow I am in college now.’”
Stacie and the entire Magill family are looking forward to seeing Olivia play the sport she loves in the town where she grew up in.
“Honestly I just want to hug her,” Stacie said. “I just miss her terribly.”
The transition from home to college is different for everyone, but being able to visit home in the process is always a bonus. Magill will be able to see her family and friends all while being able to play the sport that she loves.