The No. 6 North Carolina volleyball team defeated Coastal Carolina in four sets on Saturday (23-25, 25-19, 25-17, 25-16) to advance to the Sweet 16 round of the NCAA Tournament.
UNC (29-3, 19-1 ACC) started off slowly, dropping the first set 25-23 due to errors on both sides of the ball. After finding themselves in a 5-2 hole, the Tar Heels were never quite able to recover. Coastal Carolina’s 28 digs, in addition to UNC’s five attacking errors, held the Tar Heel offense to a .220 hitting percentage.
Led by redshirt sophomore Taylor Leath, the Tar Heels posted 18 digs in the second set on their way to a 25-19 win. Down 6-1, Coach Joe Sagula called a timeout, and a subsequent kill by first-year Taylor Borup set up a three-point run. The second set saw four ties and two lead changes, but the Tar Heels were able to secure the win with a kill by Borup.
The third set was the Tar Heels’ from the get-go, never relinquishing the lead after a 3-0 start. This time, redshirt senior Hayley McCorkle led the show up front, totaling four kills at key moments in UNC’s 25-17 win.
Once again, the Tar Heels got off to a hot start and the Chanticleers just could not catch up in the fourth set. Redshirt junior Taylor Fricano dominated the net with four blocks in the set as UNC easily won the set 25-16.