The third set was similar to the second, with several lead changes and both teams in it, but the Tar Heels dropped it, 25-23.
In the fourth set, down 4-2, the Tar Heels rallied, winning eight points in a row. The rally gave the Tar Heels a lead that they never lost. Although finishing has been a consistent problem for the team this year, they were able to close out the set, 25-20. Winning the set with the biggest point differential of the night, North Carolina forced the match into a fifth set.
The fifth set, like the rest of the match, remained close until the Yellow Jackets pulled away. Down 11-10, Georgia Tech won four straight points to take a commanding lead. It won the final set, 15-13.
Who stood out?
Wine and first-year Ava Bell stood out for the Tar Heels, leading the team in kills at 17 and 19, respectively.
“Skylar Wine was fantastic, and that’s some of the best volleyball I’ve seen Ava play,” head coach Joe Sagula said.
When was it decided?
The match came down to the wire, with Georgia Tech winning the tie-breaking fifth set. The Tar Heels have had difficulty this season closing out sets and matches. UNC did win two sets — the first time it has done so since a win over N.C State a month ago — but was ultimately unable to convert that into a second conference win.
Why does it matter?
With the loss, North Carolina has dropped eight games in a row, advancing to a record of 5-15 and and 1-10 in conference play. Despite another loss, Sagula saw signs of progress.
“This is the first match in a while that we were in every set,” he said.
When do they play next?
North Carolina looks to end its losing streak at Clemson on Saturday as it continues with ACC play.
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