Head coach Joe Sagula knows well that preseason rankings don't guarantee wins.
“I think a lot of people look at the rankings and the expectations," Sagula said. "People think you’re just going to step out onto the court and be good. We learned this weekend we have a lot more work ahead of us if we’re going to do that.”
After being swept by No. 4 Minnesota and No. 7 Wisconsin in a winless ACC/Big Ten Challenge, it was clear that the No. 11 North Carolina volleyball team played only a fraction of what it was expected to be this season — even though only a few notches separated the Tar Heels (0-2) from their opponents in the national rankings.
From the start, the Tar Heels found themselves trying to catch up from behind in all but a few instances all weekend. Against Minnesota on Friday, the team dropped sets by scores of 16-25, 7-25 and 20-25. They also had a 38-27 kill disadvantage and committed 26 attack errors to the Golden Gophers' 11.
On Saturday, they showed glimpses of their potential at times, but again dropped all three sets, losing 21-25, 17-25 and 19-25. Wisconsin (51) nearly doubled up North Carolina (27) in kills.