CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - No. 18 UNC opened home play with a 3-0 sweep of George Washington Friday night, continuing the program's best season start since 2002.
The Tar Heels remain undefeated with a 7-0 season mark after claiming their first victory of the season at Carmichael Arena and their first match of the 2013 Carolina Classic.
"It was great to win our first home match of the year," head coach Joe Sagula said. "I thought we got better as the match went on. I thought we came in a little tight but our defensive play in the third set was our turning point. GW dug some really good balls and really put some pressure on us, so I'm glad we found a way to win with some good swings."
"Overall, I think it was a good chance for us to gather some confidence and get our minds straight for tomorrow's match against a good James Madison team," Sagula said.
The Colonials pushed hard in set two, but Carolina took the win, 25-23 despite a low .074 team hitting percentage and 11 errors. Berringer posted five kills and two blocks, and Bjelica added four kills and two blocks as well.
The Tar Heels secured their first home victory with a 25-10 set three win, led by five kills and a block from Berringer and another four kills and a block by Bjelica. UNC hit an impressive .455 in the final frame, holding GW to -.240 while forcing 10 Colonial errors.
The 2013 Carolina Classic continues on Saturday with four more matches. UNC will face James Madison at noon and Albany at 7:30 p.m., while Albany plays GW at 10 a.m., and GW meets JMU at 5:30 p.m.
Stay tuned to the Carolina Classic Central page for results and more information throughout the tournament.