The No. 8 North Carolina volleyball team swept Syracuse to remain undefeated in ACC play (25-21, 25-12, 25-21).
Syracuse (5-15, 4-6 ACC) got off to a good start, winning the first point of the match. The two teams continued to exchange points before the Tar Heels (18-2, 10-0 ACC) won five consecutive points, helped by strong serving from first-year Mariah Evans. The score remained tight and the Tar Heels won the first set 25-21.
The second set was a different story, as the Tar Heels exploded out to a 10-3 lead. The Tar Heels expanded on that lead, winning the second set 25-12 thanks to strong play from redshirt sophomore Taylor Leath and redshirt junior Taylor Fricano.
Syracuse took control of the third set early, taking a 12-10 lead. The Orange extended the lead to 19-15 and the Tar Heels were forced to call a timeout. Leath smacked a convincing spike heard throughout the gym to cut the lead to two, igniting the Tar Heels. UNC finished on a 9-2 run to win the game 25-21 and take the match in three sets.
Who stood out?
Taylor Leath was huge for the Tar Heels up front, tallying key blocks and 11 kills. Leath finished with a game-high 12.5 points, tied with redshirt senior Taylor Treacy. Hayley McCorkle and Taylor Fricano also had big games for the Tar Heels, earning 10.5 points apiece.