Closing. It has been an issue for North Carolina volleyball much of the season. Whether that was closing out a set or a match, the Tar Heels just couldn’t seem to get it done consistently.
But things are finally starting to click. Just in time, too.
The Tar Heels (14-10, 11-5 ACC) swept Clemson (7-21, 2-14 ACC) in their final regular season home match of 2017. It was a game of runs, and UNC was timely with those successful stretches.
From the jump, North Carolina looked like the better team. It came out on fire, grabbing a 15-6 lead in the first set in what felt like no time at all. But Clemson wasn't about to lay down, and the Tigers stormed back with a massive run to tie the set at 16-16.
“Earlier in the year, we might lose that set,” head coach Joe Sagula said. “But we’re learning now to be patient enough and just settle down.”