Kayla Berringer uncorked a massive swing, the ball slammed onto the court, and 15,000 fans went wild in the Smith Center as the No. 14 North Carolina volleyball team finished off Maryland Friday to push its record to 19-1. But after the match, the members of the ACC’s top-ranked team had a long talk with coach Joe Sagula before they hustled off to Late Night with Roy.
“We won, great,” Sagula said after the match. “I’m delighted that we could come out of this match with a win, not exactly excited about how we played the match tonight.”
The Tar Heels started slowly on their way to a five-set win against the Terrapins, (21-25, 25-13, 25-23, 21-25, 15-11) but looked to be on their way to a four-set win after taking sets two and three. A Maryland rally in the fourth set, however, extended the match.
“We just got sloppy in the third set and the fourth set,” Sagula said. “I was disappointed, I thought we should have won it in four.”
A player who wasn’t sloppy was Lauren Adkins. The junior led the team in kills with a career-high 16 and helped will her team to a fifth-set win with three kills in the decisive game. She said Sagula challenged her team to refocus as UNC comes down the home stretch of its season.