Everything is starting to connect for the young North Carolina volleyball team.
Coming out of a week that saw the team top rivals N.C. State and Virginia Tech, UNC took the court at Carmichael Arena on Friday night to play Miami with a confident energy. For a team with multiple first-years as major contributors, this confidence has been key in igniting a three-match win streak and a 3-1 win over the Hurricanes.
“It’s unique this year how many young players we have,” senior Mia Fradenburg said. “We’ve made it a point, this concept of connecting.”
Fradenburg is one of the only remaining members of the 2016 UNC team that won the ACC Championship — the last North Carolina squad to finish with a winning record.
As captain, Fradenburg has seen an influx of talented first-years join the ranks of the Tar Heels this season, including last week’s ACC Freshman of the Week, Parker Austin. Austin dominated in both games last week, finishing with a total of 25 kills. She followed up those performances with a game-high 17 kills against Miami, the second-best performance of her young career, kills-wise.