Dec. 3, 2010

Courtesy of North Carolina Athletics

BERKELEY, Calif. - Cora Harms registered 31 assists, seven kills and seven digs to lead North Carolina over Ole Miss 3-1 Friday night at Haas Pavilion. The Placerville, Calif., native joined fellow Golden State natives Kayla Berringer (11 kills) and Christine Vaughen (8 kills) to improve Carolina to 25-9 overall. UNC will face the winner of the Cal and Utah State match tomorrow at 9 p.m. in the NCAA second round.

Carolina stymied the Rebels with a season-best 13 serve aces led by three apiece from Suzanne Haydel and Shelbey Bleke. Haydel added seven kills and 16 digs.

"It was clearly our best serving night of the season," exclaimed head coach Joe Sagula. "We struggled offensively early and I think our serving became our offense. We were fortunate to come out on top and to move forward to tomorrow."

Emily McGee led all players with 13 kills and added 11 digs to post her sixth straight double-double performance. ACC Defensive Player of the Year Kaylie Gibson added 11 digs.

Harms' seven kills are a new career-high and Berringer's 11 kills are one shy of her rookie season-high.

The Tar Heels overcame a pair of early deficits to top Ole Miss 25-20 in the first set. UNC came out of a timeout trailing 10-5 and uncorked a 7-1 run to find their first lead at 12-11. California natives Vaughen and Berringer lead the way with a combined seven kills. Carolina registered four serve aces, including two from senior Haydel. Harms posted three kills, six assists and two digs after one.

The Rebels edged Carolina 25-21 in the second behind a .222 hitting percentage. With the score knotted at 11, Ole Miss darted in front after two serve aces and did not look back to tie the match score at one. Berringer, McGee and Vaughen all chipped in three kills apiece to lead Carolina.

The Tar Heels registered a season-high seven serve aces to claim the third frame 25-18 over the Rebels. Bleke registered three aces to lead the way as UNC pushed in front 2-1 in the match. The Tar Heel defense limited Ole Miss to just a -.080 hitting percentage. McGee and Berringer again anchored the offense with three kills apiece.

Carolina jumped out to an 11-2 lead and never looked back to claim the third set 25-9. McGee mashed six kills and Haydel erupted for five as Carolina prevailed in the match 3-1. Aleksandra Georgieva provided a big boost off the bench with eight digs and stellar serves.

The Tar Heels advance to the second round of the NCAA Tournament and will face the winner of Cal and Utah State Saturday at 9 p.m.