The No. 8 North Carolina volleyball team got off to a hot start in its weekend in Texas, sweeping Sam Houston State on Friday (25-21, 25-18, 25-13).
The Tar Heels (7-1) began the first set exchanging points with the Bearcats (6-7) in a different lineup than usual, with first-year Julia Scoles and redshirt first-year Sydnye Fields absent from the starting lineup. First-year Taylor Borup and junior Beth Nordhorn took their place in the lineup. Nordhorn contributed on two blocks in a four point run for UNC accented by two Sam Houston attack errors to take a 11-7 lead.
The Bearcats would pull within two later in the set, but kills by reshirt junior Taylor Fricano, senior Tatiana Durr and reshirt sophomore Taylor Leath led UNC to take a 19-14 lead and allowed North Carolina to cruise to win the set.
After giving up the first two points in the set, UNC scored 10 unanswered points to race out to a 10-2 in second set thanks to some timely blocking and five Sam Houston attack errors. The Tar Heels’ lead would grow to 21-8 at it’s peak. But then the Bearcats had a streak of their own, roaring off nine straight points to make the score 21-17. A Nordhorn kills stopped the bleeding for UNC, who earned three straight points off of Sam Houston attack errors to put the set out of reach and go up 2-0.
UNC dominated an overmatched Bearcat squad out of the break, never trailing in the third set that ended on a Sam Houston service error to end the set 25-13.