After the Tar Heels manufactured a 7-3 lead in the third and final set, Wake Forest (9-7, 1-3 ACC) clawed back to pull within one point. But UNC reeled off five consecutive points en route to sealing a 25-15 win.
“I’m just real proud of how our team played and performed,” Coach Sagula said. “The fact that this was an important statement for us going forward.”
Senior Victoria McPherson, who recorded a UNC season-best 10 blocks, spoke about the importance of leadership and how her and Paige Neuenfeldt set the tone for the rest of the team.
“The leadership is always there …” said McPherson. “Paige is a very vocal leader…and I’m more in how I play, I like to lead quietly.”
McPherson and Neuenfeldt combined for 13 kills, 15 blocks and 21.5 points to help hand the Tar Heels back-to-back wins in their first two ACC matches at home this season.
“I think it is important for us to have won the match and to win it 3-0 to say we’re not going to slip up.” —Sagula on UNC building confidence heading into its upcoming matches.
Schnabl led the team in assists with a total of 14 and was followed by senior setter Abigail Curry, who recorded 12. Schnabl and junior outside hitter Tatiana Durr tallied five total service aces.
Three numbers that matter
26.5: The Tar Heels tallied 26.5 team blocks in their two matches this weekend, while their opponents recorded only four.
.375: North Carolina posted a .375 hitting percentage on Saturday, while the Demon Deacons hit -.049.
2,142: Days since UNC last lost to Wake Forest.
UNC plays N.C. State at Broughton High School in Raleigh at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday.