The North Carolina volleyball team took on Notre Dame on Friday night, losing 3-0. The loss dropped the Tar Heels to 4-6 on the season, and 0-1 in ACC play.
The Fighting Irish (7-4, 1-0 ACC) took it to UNC (4-6, 0-1 ACC) early in the first set, jumping out to an 8-1 lead and forcing a timeout. The North Carolina squad looked rejuvenated following the timeout, scoring three straight points and closing the gap to 8-4. Despite the apparent life injected into UNC, Notre Dame answered with three points of its own to retake a seven-point lead that would only grow throughout the set.
Miscommunications and serving errors by North Carolina alongside some impressive digs by the Fighting Irish saw the Notre Dame lead balloon to 21-7, drawing another timeout from the Tar Heels. The teams would split the remaining points in the set, and Notre Dame secured a 25-11 victory for the set.
The second set was a much more competitive affair. First-year Destiny Cox got the Tar Heels going strong out of the gate, giving her team an important opening point. Neither team was able to build much of a lead for much of the set, with neither team owning a lead greater than two points before Notre Dame jumped ahead, 14-11.