UNC (19-3, 11-1 ACC) started the match slow, unable to take advantage of a 20-17 lead in the first set. Pittsburgh (17-7, 8-4 ACC) was playing with a lot of confidence to start, and a strong 8-1 run to end the first set gave the Panthers a 1-0 lead in the match.
UNC looked to right the ship in the second set, jumping up 4-0 to start. But after the Tar Heels grabbed a 14-6 lead, the Panthers roared back on a 7-0 run. The two teams traded several points until the Tar Heels eventually broke away to notch a 25-19 win.
The Panthers turned things around in the third set, capitalizing on momentum early. A 7-1 run gave the Pittsburgh a 19-12 lead, and UNC simply didn’t have enough to respond. The Panthers won the set 25-15 and claimed a 2-1 lead in the match.
With their backs against the wall, Tar Heels stepped up in a tight fourth set. Tied with Pittsburgh 21-21, UNC made an important push to take the fourth set 25-23 on a kill by first-year outside hitter Taylor Borup.