The Tar Heels, performing in their second meet in as many weekends at Reynolds, turned in its best team performance of the season Saturday night with a team score of 195.075.
But N.C. State defended its home turf and claimed first place with a season-best score of 196.150. UNC (6-6) finished second, followed by the 193.350 score posted by Air Force.
"It was a good, strong team performance," UNC coach Derek Galvin said.
Senior Brooke Wilson turned in another solid performance, placing second in all-around with a score of 39.260. N.C. State's Kara Charles edged Wilson by .025 to claim first place.
"I accomplished what I wanted to," Wilson said. "I hit all four events and felt good about all of them."
Several other Tar Heels were forced to step up because freshman Amanda Smith strained her knee during warmups.
Sophomore Fritzie Cathcart performed on beam in place of Smith and delivered a solid 9.800. On floor exercise, sophomore Chrissy Klonne filled in for Smith and scored a 9.575.
"Because of the injury to Amanda they had to step in today, and they did a great job," Galvin said.
UNC had five all-around performers compete, which was a first for the Tar Heels. Junior Lisa Companioni finished fourth in the all-around in addition to Wilson's second place performance.