The North Carolina women’s soccer and volleyball teams are projected to pick up where they left off, according to ACC preseason coaches polls released on Friday.
Fresh off being crowned ACC champion last season, North Carolina volleyball was unanimously picked to reclaim its conference title in 2017. This marks the third consecutive year in which North Carolina has been selected as the favorite to take home the ACC Championship, and it’s the first time any team has been a preseason unanimous selection since Florida State in 2013.
Sophomore Julia Scoles and redshirt junior Taylor Leath were named preseason All-ACC first-teamers, and senior Taylor Fricano was a second-team selection.
Last season, the Tar Heels put together arguably the best campaign the program has ever seen. They beat three top-10 teams en route their 29-4 (19-1 ACC) record, and they advanced to the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA Tournament.
This upcoming season, North Carolina is returning strong outside hitters, including last season’s ACC Player of the Year (Leath) and ACC Freshman of the Year (Scoles). Still, these Tar Heels will need to replace several starters who graduated this past spring, including Taylor Treacy — who finished third on the team in kills and second in blocks — and Sheila Doyle, the team’s former starting libero.