“She came in really strong," Coach Joe Sagula said. "When we needed her to step up, she did."
The Tar Heels started out hot, taking the first set 25-17, but did not take advantage of the early momentum. In the second and third sets, it looked like a different team in Reynolds Coliseum — as UNC dropped both sets because of a lack of aggression and several unforced errors.
“We became complacent, and they took advantage of it,” Scoles said.
She cannot take all of the blame, however, as she was taken out for eight points during the third set. In her absence, the Wolfpack outscored the Tar Heels 7-1.
Despite her lack of offensive errors on the court, Scoles also fell victim to the mid-match slump that plagued the rest of her team. After the third set, her coach pointed out her mental errors.
But the rookie was quick to address the mistakes and adjust accordingly.
“We talked about changing her angles and approach a bit, and she did a good job with that,” Sagula said.
“She got a few blocks in and she got more confident.”
Sagula has high hopes for the young outside hitter, acknowledging her attacking dominance while also pointing out some areas of improvement.
“I thought offensively she was really good, but defensively she has a lot of work to do,” Sagula said.
But that isn't news to Scoles. She tries to make up for any lapses in skill with an unbeatable effort.
“(My biggest contribution is) effort, because I am not always perfect and my defense wasn’t strong … I always give it 300 percent," she said.
The future is bright for Scoles if she continues to dominate as she has so far in her rookie campaign.
“We are just really fortunate to have Scoles as a Tar Heel,” Sagula said.
“She is learning. She is still a little puppy out there sometimes.”