In UNC volleyball’s first ACC game of the season, the Tar Heels swept the Virginia Cavaliers 3-0 in Carmichael Arena to remain unbeaten at home.
North Carolina was able to carry its momentum from last weekend's wins over Santa Clara and Coastal Carolina. Furthermore, UNC limited service errors throughout the night against UVA, an area that the Tar Heels have struggled with at times this year. The ability to retain their serve limited UVA’s chances and was vital in UNC’s win.
“We didn’t have any one particular player we were going after,” head coach Mike Schall said. “But we wanted our serve to affect what they wanted to do and maybe make them a little more predictable, even if they were passing well.”
After the Cavaliers tallied the first two points of the first set, North Carolina went on a 4-0 scoring run, led by first-year opposite hitter Romani Thurman, to take a 4-2 lead. The set remained close until the Tar Heels took a 19-15 lead after a kill by junior outside hitter Mabrey Shaffmaster.
Virginia then went on a 3-0 scoring run to cut the North Carolina lead to one. However, a kill by sophomore middle blocker Sadie Swift and two attacking errors restored UNC’s four-point lead.
Swift had a career-high nine blocks, helping stifle the UVA offense.