CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - The Tar Heels grabbed their ninth sweep of the season, topping Boston College 3-0 (25-19, 25-10, 25-17) Saturday night as Carolina held a Turn It Pink night for breast cancer awareness. Freshman Paige Neuenfeldt finished the night with 13 kills and three blocks to help UNC improve to 17-4, 8-3 on the season.
"I'm delighted about our win tonight," UNC head coach Joe Sagula said. "It was a great team effort, and I was excited about how we were able to hit at such a high percentage tonight. It was a challenging match because we had to feed off of our own emotions tonight, and I'm really happy with how we responded."
"We reduced our errors significantly, our blocking was great, and our defense really picked it up tonight. We had a lot of players that didn't necessarily have big numbers, but they all hit well, and to get 19 of our 42 kills from our middles, that's a really good accomplishment for our team."
Carolina took the opening set 25-19, led by three blocks from sophomore Chaniel Nelson. Neuenfeldt and senior Tia Gaffen had three kills apiece, and senior Emily McGee added five digs to help the Tar Heels. Sophomores Lauren Adkins and Ece Taner each had an ace, and Gaffen also added two blocks.
Opening set two on an 8-2 run, the Tar Heels never looked back, taking a 25-10 win to take a 2-0 lead in the match. Neuenfeldt had seven kills and a block, and senior Cora Harms added seven assists and four digs for the Tar Heels, who hit .519 and limited the Eagles' attack to .100 in the second frame.
After a lopsided second frame, the start of the third saw more even play between Carolina and Boston College. Tied at 10-10, Carolina had a 6-1 run to pull ahead 16-11. Behind three kills and two blocks from Adkins, UNC took the match with a final 25-17 set win. Taner contributed four digs, Neuenfeldt had three kills, and Gaffen added two more blocks while the Tar Heels hit another strong .344 and closed the Eagles down with .083.
Tonight's match was Turn it Pink night at Carmichael, as the Tar Heels auctioned off their pink game jerseys and sold pink Carolina volleyball t-shirts, with all proceeds going to Get Real & HEEL, a program through the university that serves breast cancer patients in North Carolina. Donations were also accepted at the match to benefit Get Real & HEEL.
Carolina (17-4, 8-3) takes to the road next weekend for matches at Duke on Friday (7 p.m.) and at Wake Forest on Sunday (1 p.m.).