"How do you do that? How can you be that close in hitting and dominate them in blocking and still lose?" Coach Joe Sagula said. "We're losing because we're making silly errors at the wrong time."
The Tar Heels were plagued with the same inconsistency that haunted them last weekend — and with No. 2 Stanford coming to town on Thursday, UNC appears hard-pressed to repeat its success from a season ago.
But for Sagula, the point is moot.
"We know last year we dropped three matches and now
we've already got four," he said. "(But) we need to think about this year, and this year's a very
different team than last year. And as much as we're the same, we're
"It's not a great feeling. We're disappointing in the losses, mostly
because there were times where we played very well but there were times
where we would just fall apart. As many times as we found ways to be
successful, we found ways to beat ourselves and let our opponents off
the hook." — Coach Joe Sagula on the team's performance this weekend.
Senior middle blocker Victoria McPherson played to her Preseason All-ACC
form in both matches, leading UNC with 22 kills and adding eight
Junior Tatiana Durr — an outside hitter — played libero in both matches for the Tar Heels, racking up 26 digs over the weekend and a team-high 13 against Wisconsin. Sagula said he was very impressed with the passing from Durr, who had never played the libero position before.
Three numbers that matter
5: Sets the Tar Heels have won this season, compared to 12 dropped sets.
12: UNC's combined losses to Wisconsin and Minnesota in program history. The Tar Heels have beaten each team only once before.
7: North Carolina's preseason ranking. The Tar Heels will likely be unranked in Monday's AVCA poll.
The Tar Heels will host the Italian Junior National Team in an exhibition on Monday before their home opener against No. 2 Stanford on Thursday.