WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - North Carolina swept Wake Forest 3-0 (25-19, 25-16, 25-21) for the second time this season, improving to 19-4 (10-3) after a 2-0 weekend. Freshman Paige Neuenfeldt led UNC with 14 kills, four blocks and an ace.
"It was a great match for us, probably one of the best we've played all season," Carolina head coach Joe Sagula said. "I thought our serving and passing tonight was outstanding, and I thought that's what it really came down to for the match. Emily, Ece and Paige in particular were phenomenal tonight, and then Victoria came in and did a great job as well."
"When we're playing well, we have great balance amongst all of our hitters, which is what we saw today. Every time Wake Forest had a run, we had an answer for them and were able to stop it early enough. Wake Forest played some good defense and blocked really well early in the match, but we showed a lot of patience and maturity as a team. This is a really big match for us to use as a stepping stone, and to use to continue to build confidence and peak at the right time in the ACC season," Sagula said.
Tied at 7-7 in the first frame, Carolina had a 13-3 run to go up 20-10. Behind seven kills from Neuenfeldt and six digs from senior Cora Harms, Carolina finished out the set strong to win 25-19. Sophomore Lauren Adkins and senior Emily McGee each had five digs, and Harms also added six assists.
The Tar Heels kept up their momentum through set two, winning 25-16 for a 2-0 match lead with a strong .355 team attack. Neuenfeldt led UNC with four kills and an ace, and Taner added five digs. Harms had another six assists, and Adkins and sophomore Chaniel Nelson each added a block for Carolina.
Freshman Victoria McPherson helped UNC take set three 25-21 with four kills and two blocks. Neuenfeldt added three kills and two more blocks, and Harms had five assists and five digs. Junior Kayla Berringer, Adkins, McGee and Nelson each had a block, and freshman Jordyn Schnabl added four assists in the final set.
North Carolina hosts Miami on Friday (7 pm) and Florida State on Saturday (5pm). Both matches will be broadcast live on ESPN3. Stay tuned to GoHeels.com for more information.