The North Carolina volleyball team has a lot to learn in 2018.
In 2016, the North Carolina volleyball team captured the ACC title and reached the NCAA Regionals. The return of more than half of the starting lineup in 2017 meant the team entered the new season with high expectations.
They did not live up to those lofty goals, but the bar will be set lower this time around.
Injury after injury devastated the Tar Heels last year, keeping the anticipation of a successful season from being a reality. With multiple players unable to compete for large parts of the season, the team was never able to find its groove.
UNC finished the regular season 14-14 (11-9 ACC), and missed the NCAA tournament for the first time in almost a decade. It probably won't make it this year either.
The Tar Heels have some major adjustments to make, as 10 of their 19 players from the 2017 season will not be returning this year.
The team will have to deal with the graduation of Taylor Fricano, Keimaya Hunter and Beth Nordhorn, who were all key offensive players in 2017.
Nordhorn was consistent despite constant lineup changes. She led the ACC in hitting percentage and ranked ninth in blocks per set.