In Carmichael Arena on Friday, important firsts weighed on the minds of players and coaches.
The game between the No. 8 North Carolina volleyball team and No. 3 Florida State was the first ever match between top-10 opponents in ACC history.
But on this historic night, in a battle for ACC supremacy, UNC grabbed the most important first — the top spot in the ACC standings.
The Tar Heels (22-2, 13-1 ACC) defeated Florida State (26-24, 19-25, 25-22, 25-20) and dealt the Seminoles (24-2, 12-2 ACC) their second loss in a row. The win was UNC's first victory against a top-3 opponent ever.
“I think this win is a significant stepping stone for the program for this year and the future,” Coach Joe Sagula said. “It’s a match that says we’re relevant on the national level. I told our team, this is one of a couple of big matches we want to win this year. Not just one, but one of several matches.”