On Friday night, North Carolina volleyball (6-7, 3-2 ACC) took on Duke (11-5, 3-2 ACC) in Carmichael Arena as the Tar Heels began a 5-game home stand.
There was a ruckus crowd that showed up to the gym as they filled the entire lower level, forcing latecomers to maneuver over the roped-off upper sections. The atmosphere felt akin to that of the Dean Dome by the time of the first serve.
Coming off their loss to Georgia Tech, North Carolina’s passionate performance led them to a 18-25, 25-23, 25-18, 25-17 victory. The match marked the 113th time the two teams have met, a rivalry that the Tar Heels now lead 59-54.
The match started out in a tight battle with fans hanging in suspense of every hit.
The Tar Heels broke out to a 10-7 advantage following back-to-back kills and a soft touch over the net by redshirt first-year Holly Carlton. However, The Blue Devils responded with a run of their own, taking a 19-16 lead before UNC Head Coach Joe Sagula took a timeout. Duke continued their run coming out of the timeout, forcing Sagula to burn another one with Duke three points away from a first set win. More late errors by North Carolina conceded the set to the Blue Devils.