CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - No. 15 UNC defeated Indiana 3-1 Saturday, advancing to 11-0 for the season and continuing its best start in school history.
"This was a great way to close out our non-conference play," head coach Joe Sagula said. "It was great to get the win tonight against a very solid Indiana team, and now we have to prepare to open ACC play this Wednesday against a good NC State team."
Carolina had a strong start, winning the first set 25-19. McPherson and Kayla Berringer dominated on the attack, hitting .667 and .500 respectively, while Paige Neuenfeldt's three blocks helped hold the Indiana team attack to .179.
UNC lost the second set 25-23 to the Hoosiers, the team's first dropped set since Sept. 6. Despite leveling the match at 22 points each, the Tar Heels committed four service errors in the set, which proved costly. Indiana's Morgan Leach led her team with five kills in that frame.
Carolina rallied to win the third set, 25-22, despite trailing for the majority of the frame. Led by Berringer on the attack with five kills, the Tar Heels dominated at the net, managing six blocks as a team. Taylor Treacy and McPherson combined for seven blocks.
UNC controlled the fourth and final set, winning it 25-14 to take the match victory. Berringer tacked on an additional four kills, while McPherson added four blocks.
UNC also swept No. 16 Illinois Friday night, giving UNC a 2-0 record for the weekend's ACC-Big Ten Challenge.
Up Next: ACC Opener vs. NC State
The Tar Heels host NC State this Wednesday, Sept. 25, at 8 p.m. in their ACC opener. The match will be live on ESPNU, and admission is free at Carmichael Arena.