Nov. 10, 2013
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – The Georgia Tech volleyball team (9-17, 3-11 ACC) fell to No. 19 North Carolina (22-3, 11-3) in straight sets (15-25, 15-25, 20-25) Sunday afternoon at Carmichael Arena.
Senior Quinn Evans led Tech with seven kills, while freshman Annika Van Gunst added five kills. Freshman London Ackermann anchored the back row with eight digs, and Annika Van Gunst, Rebecca Martin and Zoey Morton added four digs each.
Neither team led by more than three in game one until a four-point run put the Tar Heels ahead, 14-9. Two North Carolina errors combined with a kill by Evans pulled Tech within two, 14-12. The Tar Heels countered with four straight points, opening its lead to 18-12. The Heels used a pair of three-point streaks to go up 23-14 and win the set 25-15.
The Heels kept their momentum through the beginning of set two, jumping out to a 6-1 lead. North Carolina never looked back, limiting Tech to a .083 hitting percentage and swinging at a .632 clip.
Tech led 7-5 in the third game when North Carolina rallied for five points to go up 10-7. Tech pulled within one, 14-13, on a rally sparked by a block from Evans and Annika Van Gunst, and a solo block by Evans. A pair of points from Chanell Clark-Bibbs knotted the game 15-15.
The teams battled for control late in the set. From 18-18, UNC laced together a pair of three-point runs for match-point 24-20. The Heels clinched the set, 25-20 and the match 3-0, on a GT attacking error.
The Jackets are back in action Thursday with a home match against Clemson. Match time is set for 6 p.m. on ESPN3. Georgia Tech turns around and plays at Duke at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.