The No. 12 North Carolina volleyball team held off a hungry Duke squad, 3-1, in Cameron Indoor Stadium on Thursday night. The Tar Heels (4-0) remain undefeated and are off to a hot start this season.
The first set was a sloppy one for North Carolina. In a back and forth period that Duke (3-1) won 25-22, the Tar Heels registered eight attack errors.
UNC was quick to retaliate, however, as the team rushed out to a 7-1 lead in the second set. Led by the incredible play of first-year Julia Scoles, the Tar Heels carried this momentum through the rest of the set, notching a solid 25-18 win.
Right when it seemed like North Carolina was taking over the game, the errors returned and Duke capitalized. Tied at 23-23 in the third set, the Tar Heels clamped down to win the set, 25-23, and took an all-important 2-1 lead.
The third set took the breath out of the Blue Devils, and UNC did not let off the gas. Duke used its last bit of strength in the beginning of the fourth set, but the Tar Heels still managed to pull ahead, 20-12. This was a large enough lead for North Carolina to work with, as they clinched the set and the match with a 25-20 win.