The North Carolina volleyball team (3-5) participated in the Buffs Invitational in Boulder, Colo., this weekend. The Tar Heels played a total of three matches, beating Oklahoma on Friday, but falling to No. 24 Colorado and Georgia in subsequent days.
The Tar Heels opened the weekend against the Sooners on Friday afternoon. North Carolina came out strong and won the first set, 26-24, as the two teams exchanged points until the very end. Oklahoma pulled away in the following sets, winning 25-20 and 25-21. After Oklahoma broke a 7-7 tie in the third set, North Carolina failed to take the lead again that set.
The Tar Heels dominated the fourth set, winning 25-16 and forcing a fifth frame. UNC carried the momentum over from the fourth set, and secured the victory by winning the fifth set, 17-15. First-year Ava Bell was crucial in closing out the game as she contributed a kill and an ace in the last three points.
The North Carolina volleyball team (3-5) participated in the Buffs Invitational in Boulder, Colo., this weekend. The Tar Heels played a total of three matches, beating Oklahoma, but falling to No. 24 Colorado and Georgia.
Along with first-year Destiny Cox’s 25 kills on the game, head coach Joe Sagula added that redshirt sophomores Katharine Esterley and Hunter Atherton were the “glue that held us together and helped will our team to win.”
North Carolina faced a multitude of problems on Saturday, including an inability to generate offense. The Tar Heels only had 29 kills on the day, compared to 70 in their win against Oklahoma. North Carolina dropped the first set, 25-14, and never held the lead. Colorado continued to ride its momentum through the next two sets as it won them, 25-18, and 25-20.