Former Pacific Tiger outside hitter Skylar Wine has found a new college to call home for 2018 as she is transferring to North Carolina. A junior-to-be, the 6’2″ Wine will have two years left of play and is set to be immediately eligible for the Tar Heels in the fall.
In two years at Pacific, Wine appeared in 56 matches and 186 sets. In her most recent season as a sophomore, she totaled 191 kills (1.89 per set) on a .160 hitting percentage, 42 digs (0.42 per set), 33 blocks (0.33 per set), four assists and one ace. She also helped to push Pacific to the postseason NIVC Tournament where she logged eight kills and six blocks in the team’s match.
Beyond her indoor play, Wine played on the beach team at Pacific and was a second-team all-conference honors.
A native of Phoenix, Arizona, Wine attended Sunnyslope High School for her prep career. At the school she earned All-Arizona Team as a junior and went to back-to-back state championships. She also played with Aspire Volleyball Club.
“Any time you can bring six-rotation player to the team that is a bonus,” North Carolina head coach Joe Sagula said in the team’s release of the addition. “Skylar is a smart volleyball player that can compete for us immediately. Her ability to attack and score within a fast offensive system at either pin, along with her ball-handling experience from both indoor and beach will be a great addition. Skylar has the skills set and the passion to play hard, and as a veteran she will be a stabilizing player for this young team and can provide some leadership on the court as well.”
The move also adds to the revolving door that has been the North Carolina roster in the transfer market this offseason. They’ve lost five players to transfer and also added their third in Wine, who will join former Nebraska setter Hunter Atherton and former Coastal Carolina middle blocker Aristea Tontai. Wine is also one of six players who can fill the outside hitter role for North Carolina in 2018.
The Tar Heels are coming off of a 14-14 season in 2017 in which they went 11-9 as a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). One year prior they made the Sweet 16.