Following a come-from-behind victory against Duke on Friday, the North Carolina volleyball team (7-7, 4-2 ACC) took the court against Wake Forest (10-8, 2-4 ACC) on Sunday and won its second straight game three sets to two.
The first set went back and forth and both teams seemed evenly matched. The Tar Heels got out to an early lead in the first, but the Demon Deacons quickly claimed the lead, leaving UNC playing catchup. There were six ties in the first set, one of which was 15 all. The Deacons then went on a 10-2 run to end the first set, including six straight points at the end. 25-17 Wake.
The second set was almost a complete reversal from the second. Like the first set, UNC got out to an early led. This time, however, the Tar Heels held the lead the entire set, except for one tie at three apiece. Sophomore Taylor Borup propelled UNC in the second set with six kills, allowing UNC to win the second set 25-18 on an 8-3 run.
The third set featured 15 ties and six lead changes between the Tar Heels and the Deacons. Redshirt junior Taylor Leath provided fuel for the Tar Heels, recording five kills (including the set-sealing kill), two digs, and one block. The set went down to the very end, with UNC holding off Wake to win the set 25-23. This made the game 2-1 in North Carolina’s favor.
The fourth set was all Wake. The Deacons held the lead the entire set, jumping ahead early and never looking back. UNC wasn’t able to get anything going offensively, recording a .083 hitting percentage. Wake won the set 25-14, evening the score to two sets a piece.