North Carolina volleyball coach Joe Sagula said his team doesn’t have an MVP for the pre-ACC season.
And after UNC swept the Tar Heel Classic this weekend, he said it’s not such a bad thing.
Veteran play from senior outside hitter Courtney Johnston, the tournament MVP, senior middle hitter Christine Vaughen and junior libero Kaylie Gibson lifted the Tar Heels to a 9-4 record for the season.
“I thought the seniors did a good job of leading the team all weekend with their good determination and their good play,” Sagula said.
The Tar Heels came out strong against the Ball State Cardinals (10-2) on Friday night, with senior Suzanne Haydel registering the first kill of the match. The team went on to win in four sets (25-20, 25-27, 25-16, 25-21).
Dynamic play by Gibson, an all-tournament selection, gave the Tar Heels the energy they needed to earn the win. Gibson tallied a season-high 26 digs against the Cardinals.
Johnston and freshman hitter Kayla Berringer each earned 12 kills while sophomore setter Cora Harms had 37 assists in the match.
On Saturday, the Tar Heels took on Appalachian State, which had a 9-2 record going into the match.
North Carolina showcased a strong attacking effort that shut out the Mountaineers in three sets (25-22, 25-17, 25-23). The team tallied 51 kills.