The North Carolina Volleyball team (9-5, 1-2 ACC) fell to Miami (9-5, 2-1 ACC) in four sets in a Friday night matchup in Carmichael Arena.
Both teams started off strong with a quick back and forth, but Miami managed to pull away 9-3 early in the first set. The Hurricanes continued to build up their momentum going with a 4-0 scoring run. Midway through the set, an impressive block from Angela Grieve allowed Miami to continue their dominance, going up 22-11. The Hurricanes soon finished the set, 25-14.
The Tar Heels started off the second set hot, taking a 7-2 lead off a 3-0 scoring run thanks to some excellent passes and receives from first-year libero Maddy May. Miami fought hard to close the deficit, cutting the Tar Heels’ lead down to 15-12. The Tar Heels didn't stop attacking though, enlarging the gap once again with a 21-14 lead. UNC and Miami traded blows until the end, but UNC managed to edge out the set, 25-20.
The third set was a tightly-contested battle with a series of long and tough rallies. The Hurricanes crossed the halfway mark first, then extended their lead 18-13, which forced a timeout from the Tar Heels. Despite the timeout, UNC was unable to regroup and lost the third set 25-20, cemented by a crushing kill from Grieve.
UNC took another early lead in the fourth, 5-3, but Miami quickly equalized at seven points each after an error by the Tar Heels. Both teams vied for control of the match, leading to another equalizer off a kill from Charley Niego that made the score 10-10. The Tar Heels broke the deadlock with an impressive kill from sophomore outside hitter Mabrey Shaffmaster. However, Miami continued to battle and stopped the Tarheels’ 5-point run to make the score 17-15 in the Tar Heels' favor. The fourth set came down to the wire, 21-21, as the Hurricanes were looking to close out the match. Grieve came through with a great kill, closing the set, 25-23.
Who stood out?
Shaffmaster had another great attacking game for the Tar Heels, racking up 49 attacks and 17 points for the hometown Tar Heels with a .347 kill percentage.
Neigo was a defensive beast, leading both teams with 26 digs. Charley secured back-to-back doubles with that stat line tonight.