Every time a UNC volleyball player secures a kill in Carmichael Arena, the word "kill" flashes on the video board. On Sunday, that word popped on the video board 69 times, as the North Carolina volleyball team defeated Virginia Tech, 3-1, in Chapel Hill.
Of those 69 kills, a season-high for UNC, redshirt first-year Lauren Harrison and first-year Parker Austin combined for 36. In the win, Austin and Harrison not only led the team in kills, but they also showcased the solid foundation of young talent the Tar Heels have.
To start the first set, a kill from Austin gave UNC the first point of the match. Right after Austin's strike, Harrison secured back-to-back kills, giving North Carolina an early 3-0 lead.
After that quick start, North Carolina rolled to a victory in the first set, 25-20. UNC combined for 18 team kills in the set — Harrison earned six, and Austin accounted for three.
Even though UNC dropped the second set, 25-22, to Virginia Tech, both Harrison and Parker didn't slow down. In the close set — which had 17 ties and eight lead changes — Harrison and Parker combined to have 10 kills.