After matching its highest-ranked win in program history the previous night, the North Carolina volleyball team fell in five sets (25-17, 20-25, 25-20, 20-25, 13-15) to the UNC-Wilmington Seahawks on Friday night.
The loss marked the first time UNC (2-5) has lost in Carmichael Arena since a 3-0 defeat against Duke on Oct. 11, 2013.
At the beginning of the first set, the Seahawks (6-1) kept the match close by tying the score on three different occasions. But with a 7-6 lead, the Tar Heels used a 14-4 run to create a 21-10 advantage, and UNC-W could not recover. In the opening set, the Seahawks had just nine kills and were held to a .129 hitting percentage.
UNC-W grabbed its first lead of the game in second set, eventually obtaining a 16-13 edge. UNC closed the gap to 21-19, but the Tar Heels ended the set with four attack errors. In the entire set, UNC had 11 errors while UNC-W had only four.
UNC bounced back in the third set, despite a dismal .125 hitting percentage. The Seahawks opened the game with a kill, but they never led again in the set. But UNC-W kept pressuring the Tar Heels. The Seahawks tied the match at 2-2, with 14 kills and only three errors in the fourth set.