She wears a different color jersey than the rest of her teammates on the North Carolina women’s volleyball team, and she can often be found diving all over the court, somersaulting after making a dig or even running into the stands to save a ball.
That’s what makes Kaylie Gibson stand out.
At 5-foot-3, the senior libero might be one of the smallest players for the Tar Heels, but her impact is anything but tiny.Friday against Virginia she had 21 digs — seven in each set — and helped North Carolina to a three-set sweep. Before UNC’s games against Virginia Tech and Virginia, Gibson’s 1,754 digs ranked second all-time in UNC history.
And despite not receiving as much recognition as her frontline teammates do for their powerful kills and creative tips, she has no complaints. Gibson’s main focus is doing anything she can to help the team succeed — regardless of whether she receives any commendation.
“I really enjoy what I do,” she said. “The crowd loves the big hits — and they get in to the digs and everything — but I feel great just being able to (contribute with defense) for my team. It’s a great feeling.”