North Carolina Advances to NCAA Volleyball Elite Eight

 

Tar Heels post 3-1 win over Oregon in the Round of 16. North Carolina earns a spot in the NCAA Elite Eight for the first time in school history and it is just the fifth appearance by an ACC team.

Florida State saw its season end with a 3-1 loss to BYU in the Seattle Regional.

Tar Heels Reach Regional Final With Victory Over Ducks

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – Carolina volleyball continued its march through the NCAA tournament, soaring past Oregon 3-1 (25-23, 25-22, 23-25, 25-16) Friday night in the Sports Pavilion in Minneapolis, Minn.

The victory places the Tar Heels in the Regional Final of the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history.

Chaniel Nelson led the North Carolina offense with 14 kills while turning back six blocks. Paige Neuenfeldt added nine kills and four blocks, while Ece Taner had 14 digs and three service aces.

North Carolina (29-2) had to overcome a prolific Oregon offense in a barnburner of a match. The two teams combined for 111 kills with a .217 hitting percentage, and Oregon’s Martenne Bettendorf led all players with 16 kills. However, Carolina had the edge in service aces (five to Oregon’s three) and blocks (9.0 to Oregon’s 8.0).

“It was a great battle, we played a really awesome Oregon team who plays so fast,” said Head Coach Joe Sagula. “They were well-prepared, their players Nady and Bettendorf were tough to stop.”

“I thought we actually got better as the match went on. We started slowly, but we never panicked and we made a run to come back. Because of that, we’ve put ourselves in a great position for our program to make history. I’m so proud of what these players have done and what our leaders have done to put us in the top eight for the first time ever.”

For the match, Treacy knocked down nine kills on a .368 hitting percentage. McPherson and McAdoo both chipped in seven kills, while Schnabl had 27 assists, seven assists and one ace.

Fellow setter Abigail Curry had 15 assists and three kills, while Leigh Andrew had 13 kills and four digs for UNC.

The Tar Heels advance to their first-ever Regional Final, and will face Texas for the right to advance to the Final Four.

 

FSU Falls Short in Sweet 16

SEATTLE, Wash. - (Seminoles.com) The No. 8/6 Florida State indoor volleyball team was knocked out of the NCAA Tournament in the Seattle Regional Semifinal by No. 12 BYU, 3-1 (20-25, 19-25, 25-19, 26-24) on Friday at the Alaska Airlines Arena.

Junior outside hitter Nicole Walch found her stride in the third set and finished the match with a double-double, 23 kills and 10 digs despite battling the national leaders in blocking, while sophomore Katie Horton tallied nine kills and 15 digs.

Freshman right side hitter Milica Kubura provided a lift on the attack, producing 11 kills, hitting for .471 percent while adding three blocks.

The Seminoles had eight total team blocks with redshirt sophomore middle blocker Sarah Burrington accounting for four and 10 kills. Junior Kiara Wright produced four blocks and seven kills.

Senior setter Sarah Wickstrom put up a double-double, accounting for 28 assists while leading the team with 19 digs. Sophomore setter Hailey Luke tallied 22 assists. Redshirt senior libero Katie Mosher was under 18 digs on defense.