Standing with a 5-7 record and a .500 record in conference play, it was clear something was missing for the North Carolina volleyball team — that something was sophomore outside hitter Taylor Borup.
Since Borup’s return from an injury that caused her to miss eight games, the Tar Heels (9-7, 6-2 ACC) have won four straight contests and beat a reeling Virginia (4-15) squad in three straight sets on Saturday.
Borup led a Tar Heel first set charge with three kills, culminating in a 25-12 win. It was the Tar Heels' largest margin of victory in any set all season. Going into the contest, head coach Joe Sagula preached the importance of taking the opening set, something the Tar Heels had done just three times this season.
“Well I think this was a big win for confidence,” he said. “We’ve been pushing to get a first-set victory. I think we’re starting to get a rhythm. We know what we’re going to do with our left-side of the attack now. We know we can count on Borup and Leath. I think they’re going to get into a rhythm.”
The two combined for 14 kills on the night and paced the Tar Heels in the team’s most dominant win of the season.