DURHAM — First-year players propelled the No. 12 North Carolina volleyball team to a 3-1 victory over Duke in a non-conference matchup at Cameron Indoor Stadium on Thursday night.
First-year Julia Scoles continued her red-hot start to the 2016 campaign against the Blue Devils, finishing with 17 kills and 14 digs for her third double-double of the season. Redshirt first-year Sydnye Fields also had a sensational game, breaking the team record for block assists in a game with 15 to accompany her seven kills.
“They’re learning a lot so early in their career,” Coach Joe Sagula said of his first-years. “To get this experience and know how to fight through it, it’s just going to pay off later in the season.”
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The Tar Heels had trouble attacking at times, committing a total of 16 attacking errors in the game. Eight of these errors were in the first set — one UNC lost, 25-22 — which contributed to a sluggish start.
Coming out of the set break, Scoles knew she had to step up.