CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - No. 14 Carolina grabbed its second victory of the year against Notre Dame on Friday, winning in straight sets 3-0 (25-19, 25-18, 25-22) in the Irish's first-ever ACC match.
"I'm pretty excited that we were able to play at a high level again against a team that we've already played this year," head coach Joe Sagula said. "We really did a great job from the service line tonight, with Jordyn Schnabl and Jovana Bjelica each getting four aces. Jeni Houser really had a great night for Notre Dame, but we were able to keep her from getting double digits.
"The team blocked well and had great energy, and this is a great way to close out September and this portion of our schedule. We're looking forward to getting some rest and getting focused to get on the road next weekend to continue ACC play."
Set one was tied at 16-16, but the Tar Heels pulled ahead on a 9-3 run to take the opening frame 25-19. Bjelica had seven kills, and Lauren Adkins added four to lead UNC to a .312 team attack.
UNC took set two 25-18 as the Tar Heels notched six aces and posted a .400 hitting percentage. Bjelica and Andrew each contributed four kills, and Kayla Berringer and Victoria McPherson added two blocks apiece.
Carolina secured its 10th sweep of the year with a 25-22 set three win. Bjelica added another five kills and a block, and Andrew tallied four kills and two blocks for UNC. The Tar Heels and Irish were tied at 19-19, but UNC once again fought back to take the win while hitting a solid .395 in set three.
Up Next: Road Trip North
Carolina heads north to face ACC newcomer Syracuse on Friday and then Boston College on Sunday. The Tar Heels return to Chapel Hill the following weekend, hosting Duke on Oct. 11 for the program's annual Turn it Pink match and then Wake Forest on Oct. 12.