The North Carolina volleyball team defeated N.C. State 3-1 in Raleigh for the second time this weekend, bringing the Tar Heels' record to 4-2 this season.
UNC started off strong, winning the first set 25-20. Destiny Cox’s five kills and solid defense from Kaya Merkler and Parker Austin at the net contributed to the Tar Heels’ success early on. Consecutive aces by first-year Maylen Mitrovich in the middle of the set gave the team some momentum to close out the set.
Early kills by Merkler and Austin and an ace by Karenna Wurl gave North Carolina a 3-2 lead to start off the second set. However, UNC was forced to call a timeout after N.C. State went on a six-point run to take a 17-10 lead. UNC came out of the timeout strong, with consecutive kills by Cox and Aziah Buckner, but struggled to hold on as N.C. State closed the set 25-16.
North Carolina redeemed itself in the third set. After a slow start and a five-point run by the Wolfpack, the Tar Heels kept themselves in the game, with the help of two kills by Amanda Phegley and Austin, which brought the score to 14-16. After a timeout by N.C. State, North Carolina found some momentum and went on a four-point run to tie the game at 18. N.C. State stayed within one or two points of the Tar Heels for the back-end of the set, but UNC went on to win the set 25-23.