The North Carolina volleyball team closed out a perfect weekend on Sunday afternoon, sweeping Syracuse (25-23, 25-16, 26-24) at Carmichael Arena.
The Tar Heels (12-10, 9-5 ACC) started strong, taking a 4-0 lead in the first set. Syracuse (17-10, 9-5 ACC) rallied from 4-0, 15-10 and 22-18 deficits, tying the set at 23. However, UNC finally closed out the opening set on Taylor Borup’s kill at 24-23 to take an early lead.
In the opening set, the Tar Heels hit just .125, but managed five total team blocks to earn the hard-fought set.
The second set came more easily to UNC, as a 9-2 run midway through put the set out of reach and gave the Tar Heels a 23-13 lead. UNC closed out the set, 25-16, thanks to a kill from Kathrine Esterley to put the Tar Heels a set away from their second consecutive sweep.
Head coach Joe Sagula said the second set was one of his team’s best sets of the season, as the Tar Heels defended solidly and hit .355.