Complete coverage of North Carolina Tar Heels Volleyball.
UNC Volleyball Opens Late Night With 3-1 Victory Over Virginia Tech
North Carolina volleyball kicked off the annual Late Night with Roy event on Friday night, defeating Virginia Tech, 3-1 (22-25, 25-21, 25-20, 25-16). The Heels played in front of a five-figure crowd at the storied Dean E. Smith Center as part of the preseason basketball festivities which culminated in the unveiling of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Championship banner.
UNC, N.C. State Volleyball Team Up For Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief Drive
The UNC and N.C. State volleyball teams spent a week of preseason at the Puerto Rico Clasico in San Juan. They are now doing their part to support the people of the island nation with a hurricane relief drive during their Oct. 18 match at Carmichael Arena. Fans are encouraged to bring clothing, flashlights, first-aid kits, batteries, battery-powered radios, battery-powered fans and bug spray to the match.
UNC Volleyball To Kick Off Late Night With Roy
The weekend begins at the Dean E. Smith Center, home of the 2017 NCAA Champion Men's Basketball team, where a 5 p.m. volleyball match between UNC and Virginia Tech kicks off the annual Late Night with Roy preseason festivities. Admission is free for the entire evening with open seating filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors open at 4 p.m.
UNC Volleyball Defeats Wake Forest, 3-2, In Annual Pink Match
North Carolina completed its first ACC weekend sweep on Sunday, holding on to defeat Wake Forest, 3-2 (17-25, 25-18, 25-23, 14-25, 15-5), in the annual pink match to support breast cancer awareness (Highlights
). After opening the season 0-4, Carolina evens its record to 7-7 on the year and improves to 4-2 in the ACC, while Wake Forest falls to 10-8 (2-4 ACC).
UNC volleyball propelled to win over Duke by loud home crowd
On Friday, UNC volleyball (6-7, 3-2 ACC) took on Duke (11-5, 3-2 ACC) in Carmichael Arena as the Tar Heels began a 5-game home stand. There was a raucous crowd that showed up to the gym as they filled the entire lower level, forcing latecomers to maneuver over the roped-off upper sections. The atmosphere felt akin to that of the Dean Dome by the time of first serve.
UNC Volleyball Storms Back To Beat Duke
North Carolina found itself down one set to none and 21-16 in the second set, but backed by a screaming crowd of over 3,500 fans, the Tar Heels raced back to defeat rival Duke, 3-1 (Highlights
). The Tar Heels were fueled by redshirt freshman Holly Carlton who did it all for Carolina, posting her second triple-double of the year with over 10 kills, assists and digs.
Carolina Spotlight: Taylor Leath & Andre Smith
UNC student-athletes Taylor Leath and Andre Smith had the opportunity last summer to take their leadership skills off campus and join with others from across the ACC at the Summer ACC Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) meetings. Leath, a senior on the volleyball team, and Smith, a junior on the football team, both serve in leadership roles on UNC's SAAC.
UNC Volleyball Brings Home Second Straight ACC Win
Behind a team-high 13 kills from sophomore Sydnye Fields, the North Carolina volleyball team defeated host Clemson Friday evening 3-1 at Jervey Gym (Highlights
). The Tar Heels won the first, third and fourth sets to improve to 5-6 overall and 2-1 in Atlantic Coast Conference play with their second win in a row. Clemson fell to to 5-10 overall and 0-3 in ACC play.
Tar Heels Erase 0-2 Deficit To Win ACC Volleyball Home Opener
For the second time in as many matches, North Carolina headed into the locker room trailing two sets to none. For the second time, the Tar Heels emerged a changed squad, winning sets three and four to tie the match and force a deciding fifth set. UNC won the fifth set, 15-12, to defeat Louisville, 3-2 (Highlights
). With the win, UNC improves to 4-6 (1-1 ACC).
UNC Volleyball Falls to NC State in ACC Opener
North Carolina battled back from down 0-2 at NC State to force a tie-breaking fifth set, but the Wolfpack held on to win, 15-11, and take the ACC season opener, 3-2 (25-21, 25-17, 21-25, 18-25, 15-11). The win was the first for the Wolfpack (6-6, 1-0 ACC) over the Tar Heels (3-6, 0-1 ACC) since 2012, ending Carolina's 10-match winning streak against its in-state neighbor.
No. 24 UNC Volleyball Hold Off Chanticleers In Five
No. 24 North Carolina found itself heading into a fifth set for the second time in two nights, but after dropping a 3-2 decision on Friday night, the Tar Heels exploded for a .625 hitting percentage in the final deciding set to defeat Coastal Carolina, 3-2 (25-22, 21-25, 25-18, 18-25, 15-8). UNC finishes nonconference play at 3-5, while the Chanticleers fall to 3-6.
Loyola Marymount Outlasts UNC Volleyball, 3-2, at Carmichael
No. 24 North Carolina took a 2-1 match lead, but a pair of dominating service runs by junior Kekai Whitford led Loyola Marymount to a five-set victory (25-17, 25-27, 19-25, 25-14, 15-11) on Friday night. The Lions' first 2017 win over a ranked opponent in four opportunities moves LMU to 6-4 on the year, while the injury-plagued Tar Heels slip to 2-5.
UNC volleyball's Taylor Fricano thrives on change
In 2007, Taylor Fricano knew she’d be getting blocks on the court. She just didn’t know in what sport. “My seventh- and eighth-grade basketball coach from junior high told me to try out for the volleyball team,” she said. “I was like, ‘No, I’m bad.’” After getting cut from the volleyball team in seventh and eighth grade, she felt even more sure that her talents did not lie on the volleyball court.
Taylor Leath Named ACC Volleyball Player of the Week
North Carolina outside hitter Taylor Leath was named ACC Player of the Week on Monday. Leath put on a spectacular display at Carmichael Arena over the weekend, leading the Tar Heels to wins over LIU Brooklyn (3-0) and LSU (3-1) at the Carolina Classic. The junior is the first Tar Heel to win a weekly award this season and earns the honor for the fourth time in her career.
UNC Volleyball Hands LSU First Loss of the Season, 3-1
North Carolina picked up its second straight victory on Sunday, taking down previously-unbeaten LSU, 3-1 (Highlights
), in the Carolina Classic finale. Redshirt-junior Taylor Leath was nearly unstoppable, hitting over .400 with the most kills for a Tar Heel in over a decade, as UNC improved to 2-4 while LSU dropped to 8-1. "This win means a lot," said head coach Joe Sagula.