Sophomore libero Taylor Murata enters her second season at UTA after a strong season in 2016. Murata, a native of Arlington and a product of Lamar High School, set UTA's freshman mark for digs in a season. She finished with 566 digs and 4.39 digs per set, adding 100 assists. Murata charted double-digit digs in 28 straight matches to wrap up the season, with double-digit digs in 31 of 33 matches.
Why did you choose UTA?
"Because it's close to home. I really liked the environment and the people with the program."
What is your favorite vacation spot?
What do you want to do after your graduate?
"I want to work at Google. It is close to Palo Alto and I want to do something there."
If you are stranded on a deserted island, what three things do you bring?
"Water. A knife. And my puppy."
What is your favorite meal?
"Chicken and waffles. Bread Winners."
Who is your celebrity crush?
What would your super power be?
"Being able to hold your breath underwater."
If you had to be an animal, what would you be?
What advice would you give to young volleyball players?
"Always push hard. Try 110-percent all the time. Just keep working. A dream can be accomplished if you just keep pushing."