The second set saw the closest contest of the match, with the lead changing three times. Clemson took a 1-0 lead, before the Tar Heels scored three unanswered points to make it 3-1 to UNC. The Tigers then scored six unanswered of their own to make it 7-3 and retake the lead.
After a timeout by the Tar Heels, UNC scored four straight points to tie the game at 7-7 before another block from Tontai and Cox made it 8-7 to UNC.
The Tar Heels would maintain the lead the rest of the set, with Clemson only able to make it a one-point game twice. The set point came when a block from freshman Carly Peck and Tontai won the set for UNC.
The third set was dominated by the Tar Heels. After Clemson took a 1-0 lead, UNC tied the game at 1-1 and ran away with a lead they would hold for the rest of the set. After making it 3-1, the Tar Heels would lead by at least two points for the rest of the set.
A kill by first-year Skyy Howard was the set and match point, giving the Tar Heels a 25-20 win in the third set.
Who stood out?
Cox had a game-leading 11 kills and 13 points. Howard led the game in blocks with eight and also contributed six kills and 11 points.
For Clemson, Madi Howell led the game in digs with 15. And Mckenna Slavik had a game-high 21 assists.
When was it decided?
Once the Tar Heels were able to secure the win in a close second set, they were able to dominate the third set and sweep the match.
Why does it matter?
UNC was coming into the day's matchup off of a loss against Georgia Tech on Friday, the team's first loss of the season against an ACC opponent at home.
Although UNC led the all-time series with Clemson 61-17 heading into the match, the last meeting between the two teams ended with a Tiger victory last season at Clemson.
When do they play next?
The Tar Heels head to Durham on Thursday for a matchup against rival Duke University at 6:30 p.m.
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