The No. 8 North Carolina volleyball team barely held onto its seven-game ACC winning streak on Friday, defeating Notre Dame 3-2 (18-25, 25-19, 25-19, 16-25, 15-13).
Both teams entered Friday’s match undefeated in ACC play, but it was the Tar Heels' resilience that pushed them past Notre Dame in front of a crowd of nearly 2,000.
The Tar Heels (15-2, 7-0 ACC) started off slow, dropping the first set due to a weak offensive showing. The Fighting Irish’s (15-4, 6-1 ACC) dominant defense held UNC posted a hitting percentage of just .098.
Anchored by senior Sheila Doyle, the Tar Heels came out in the second and third sets with a new mentality and defensive strategy. Key kills by freshman Julia Scoles and redshirt senior Taylor Treacy allowed UNC to maintain the lead through both sets.
But the momentum was short-lived. The fourth set saw seven lead changes and nine ties, with the Fighting Irish ultimately securing the win and forcing the match to go to a fifth set.