The North Carolina volleyball team (5-7, 2-2 ACC) fell short in its matchup against Georgia Tech (7-8, 2-2 ACC) on Sunday, 3-1.
North Carolina started off hot with blocks by Sydnye Fields and Katharine Esterley to put the Tar Heels up 2-0 in the first set. The Yellow Jackets came back to tie it up, but two aces put UNC ahead 13-11. GT responded with a 4-0 run, and the Tar Heels could not quite get back in it. The Yellow Jackets went on to win the first set 25-19.
The momentum switched in favor of the Tar Heels in the second set. After leading 6-4, key blocks by Beth Nordhorn and Holly Carlton ignited a run to put UNC ahead 13-5. Georgia Tech won four straight points, but back-to-back kills by Taylor Leath widened the Tar Heels’ gap to 17-9. The Yellow Jackets attempted a comeback, but UNC held on to win 25-21.
The third set consisted of a series of lead changes, but a Carlton kill and ace put the Tar Heels up 19-17. Another run by the Yellow Jackets and a UNC attack error put GT up 23-22. After a UNC timeout, a Sehrena Hull kill tied it back up for the Tar Heels 23-23, but GT took the final two points to take the third set 25-23.
The fourth set once again saw several lead changes until the ACC foes found themselves tied at 21-21. But the momentum swung in Georgia Tech’s favor as the Yellow Jackets scored three in a row to finish the set 25-22, and win the match 3-1.