Down 1-0 against Duke inside Carmichael Arena, there was no panic from the North Carolina volleyball team. It was business as usual from then on for the Tar Heels, who won the next three sets en route to a 3-1 win on Wednesday against the Blue Devils.
Inspired by strong play from senior Sheila Doyle and a 20-point performance from redshirt sophomore Taylor Leath, the Tar Heels clinched their first ACC title since 2014.
The win gave Coach Joe Sagula his seventh ACC title. He credited his team’s strength at the net in clinching this one against its rival.
“I think the first set we lost it, but I thought we played hard," he said. “I think our physicality took over (and) we were able to block more."
UNC used 12 players in the victory. The Tar Heels have enjoyed great depth all season, but their confidence starts at the top, with fantastic play from Leath, redshirt junior Taylor Fricano and first-year Julia Scoles.