After letting a two-set lead slip at Boston College, the No. 12 North Carolina volleyball team escaped on Sunday to defeat the Eagles in five sets (25-19, 25-17, 19-25, 21-25, 21-19).
UNC (10-2, 2-0 ACC) struggled out of the gate against the Eagles (5-7, 0-2 ACC), trailing 8-5 before Coach Joe Sagula called a timeout to settle the team’s nerves. After battling back, the Tar Heels still trailed 17-16, but a Boston College service error followed by Hayley McCorkle’s kill at the pin put North Carolina up for good — as UNC finished out the first set 25-19, scoring nine of the last 11 points.
UNC carried that momentum into the second set, jumping out to a 15-8 lead en route to a 25-17 set win. Taylor Treacy and Hayley McCorkle lead the team with five kills each in the set, and Julia Scoles tallied four.
But in what seems to be a trend so far this season, North Carolina refused to make the win easy.
Leading 9-6 in the third set, the Tar Heels appeared well on their way to victory, but the Eagles answered with a 7-1 run. UNC fought back to even the score at 16, but Boston College scored nine of the set’s final 12 points to pull away 25-19 and force a fourth set.