The No. 6 North Carolina volleyball team defeated Coastal Carolina in four sets on Saturday (23-25, 25-19, 25-17, 25-16) to advance to the Sweet 16 round of the NCAA Tournament.
UNC (29-3, 19-1 ACC) started off slowly, dropping the first set 25-23 due to errors on both sides of the ball. After finding themselves in a 5-2 hole, the Tar Heels were never quite able to recover. Coastal Carolina’s 28 digs, in addition to UNC’s five attacking errors, held the Tar Heel offense to a .220 hitting percentage.
Led by redshirt sophomore Taylor Leath, the Tar Heels posted 18 digs in the second set on their way to a 25-19 win. Down 6-1, Coach Joe Sagula called a timeout, and a subsequent kill by first-year Taylor Borup set up a three-point run. The second set saw four ties and two lead changes, but the Tar Heels were able to secure the win with a kill by Borup.
The third set was the Tar Heels’ from the get-go, never relinquishing the lead after a 3-0 start. This time, redshirt senior Hayley McCorkle led the show up front, totaling four kills at key moments in UNC’s 25-17 win.