Mike Schall said there were no magic speeches during Friday night's match against Santa Clara.
But whatever the UNC volleyball head coach said to his team after a tough second set worked.
After the break, the Tar Heels didn't drop a set the rest of the weekend, defeating the Broncos 3-1 and sweeping Coastal Carolina on Sunday.
“It’s relieving to know that we can fight through things,” first-year opposite hitter Romani Thurman said after Friday’s win. “You’re gonna have bumps in the road and we knew that was going to happen, and so it just felt good to come and practice and work hard all week and then tonight be able to pull out a win.”
After winning only one set total in last weekend's ACC-Big Ten challenge against Michigan and Michigan State, it was clear something needed to change for North Carolina.
However, the Tar Heels got off to a slow start on Friday night, eking out a 25-22 opening set win. After the Broncos took the second set, 25-18, UNC's lack of energy was evident.
"We're bummed with how they played in the second set," Schall said. "But also, Santa Clara is an awfully good volleyball team."