The No. 24 North Carolina volleyball team is in trouble.
After losing just four games in 2016, UNC eclipsed that mark this weekend when it fell to Loyola Marymount (7-4) on Friday night in five sets. Now eight games into its season, the team sits at 3-5.
The Tar Heels were ranked 11th in the nation by the American Volleyball Coaches Association entering 2017. But their loss on Friday night will likely take them out of the top 25 rankings for the second time this season.
After falling 25-17 in the first set, UNC took the next two by scores of 27-25 and 25-19. The Tar Heels seemed to be in control in the fourth set before things started to fall apart.
“I thought we were up 10-9 in the fourth set, and all of a sudden, we just seemed like a different team,” head coach Joe Sagula said. “It seemed like a different team stepped into their bodies, and the energy level went down.”