CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - North Carolina volleyball has set its spring schedule, head coach Joe Sagula announced Thursday.
The Tar Heels will play in two tournaments and face Florida in a scrimmage as they prepare for the 2014 season and a trip to Europe later this spring.
"We are looking forward to this spring's schedule with some new teams to compete against in preparation for our 2014 fall season," Sagula said. "We will open up our spring in Virginia Beach as we did last year at the Coastal Virginia Collegiate Tournament, and we expect to see a strong field of teams at the event."
"We then get a chance to play a perennial top SEC team in the Florida Gators as we will scrimmage on the weekend of the Big South Junior event in Atlanta at Emory University. I expect this to be excellent competition for both teams and a chance for us both to compete against a team we don't traditionally see during the fall season."
"We will conclude the spring season with our home tournament here in Chapel Hill with our Carolina Spring Day in Carmichael Arena. Joining UNC that day will be Duke, NC State, Elon, Charlotte, and UNCW," Sagula said.
The program will also hold its annual banquet on Sunday, April 13 at noon in the North Pope Box. Stay tuned for more details on the banquet.
After a few weeks off following NCAA tournament play, the Tar Heels resumed practice in January. UNC will have 14 returning players this spring, led by All-America Chaniel Nelson, who missed the 2013 season due to injury. In addition to Nelson, All-ACC honorees Paige Neuenfeldt and Victoria McPherson will look to help the Tar Heels build on their successful 2013 season.
North Carolina finished the 2013 season ranked 25th, the first time since 2002 that the squad earned a final top-25 rank. The Tar Heels were 27-5 overall and 16-4 in ACC play, which was good for a third place conference finish. UNC started out the 2013 campaign with a 15-0 record for the best season start in program history, securing their 13th 20+ win season in the past 17 years.
En route to securing the most wins in a season since the 2002 squad finished 32-4, head coach Joe Sagula earned his 700th career victory with an exciting 3-2 win over Maryland. The Tar Heels were ranked in the top 25 for each of the weekly AVCA Coaches Polls, peaking at No. 10 for the program's highest-ever ranking and finishing the regular season in the No. 15 spot.
2014 Spring Volleyball Schedule
March 29 - Coastal Virginia Collegiate Tournament at the Tidewater Volleyball Center in Virginia Beach, Va. - All Day
April 5 - vs. Florida at Emory University, Atlanta, Ga. - 2 p.m.
April 12 - UNC Spring Tournament at Carmichael Arena - Teams include Duke, NC State, Elon, Charlotte and UNCW - 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.