Tucson, AZ (KOLD) - If home is where the heart is then Ronni Lewis' heart remains right in the heart of the South Bay Area. And as the Arizona Wildcat volleyball team takes to the road to face top-ranked Stanford and then California this weekend, it will be a final homecoming for the senior libero, at least dressed in Cardinal and Navy.
"I grew up being a Stanford fan," said Lewis. "I had some family go there and I watched my cousin grow up playing in that gym. Going home and being able to play at Stanford is obviously really great."
Though Stanford may have been the school she looked up to as a child, it was ultimately Arizona who came calling after her.
"Arizona was a good pick for me because I wanted to get away from home," said Lewis. "But it's always great playing back at home."
Maybe. Then again maybe not. Through her first three seasons, Arizona traveled back to the Bay twice. The Wildcats were swept. Twice. Once again, the hill will be a tough climb facing off against the number one team in the country before traveling to Berkeley. It will also be that much more personal for Lewis.
"I know people on both teams," said Lewis. "It becomes a little bit more fun for me. I compete a little bit harder when I have to compete against somebody I know."
As Arizona enters the weekend, it does so as the 16th ranked team in the nation, The Wildcats lead the league's in digs thanks mostly to Lewis who leads Arizona with an average of 4.16 digs per set.
"I want to make my family proud but more importantly I want to put on display everything that I've been working on up until my senior year in college."
Though family and friends time will be limited thanks to Arizona's travel schedule, Lewis will soak up as much as she can.
"We're at this for six months," she said. "We've been going at this since July and this is one of my first opportunities to go home. I'm just going to take advantage of it and really embrace the atmosphere."
Along the way, she'll try to win a couple volleyball games too.
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