Tar Heels Fight Off NC State, 3-0
Raleigh, N.C. – The NC State volleyball team fell to North Carolina, 3-0, on Tuesday, Nov. 7, at Reynolds Coliseum on the NC State campus. Chrissy Zirpolo led the Wolfpack offense with 10 kills, while Jessica Williams added five. The team recorded 7.5 total blocks. With the loss, NC State slides to 2-23 (0-16 ACC) on the season, while North Carolina moves to 7-18 (5-11 ACC).
Both teams suffered from self-inflicted wounds in the first game, with UNC committing seven errors and NC State doubling that mark with 14. North Carolina hit .114 while State struggled with a -.128 stroke. The Pack made several late pushes to tighten the score, beginning with three straight points after trailing 24-11. With the Heels serving for match point, the red and white grabbed three more, moving the score to 29-21, before play ended on a Raibon attack error.
The Wolfpack improved its hitting percentage to .132 in the second stanza, drilling 11 kills while committing just six errors. UNC countered with a .333 hitting percentage and 17 kills, while faulting on just four errors. The Tar Heels started play with a 6-1 run, and built its lead to 10-4 before NC State scored five straight to force UNC to call a timeout and regroup. Aiwane Iboaya tied play at 12-12 with a kill, but North Carolina’s offense exploded shortly thereafter, mounting a 22-14 advantage and allowing just two more Wolfpack scores. The Tar Heels took the final six points of the game, 30-16.
North Carolina began the third and final frame with a commanding 12-2 run and never looked back. Cruising on a .333 hitting percentage, UNC committed just three errors throughout the game, while NC State piled on 10. The Pack scored two straight with the Tar Heels serving for match point, but competition wrapped for the evening on an Ingrid Hanson-Tuntland kill, 30-18.
NC State will return to the courts this weekend, hosting Georgia Tech and Clemson. The Pack will welcome the Yellow Jackets on Friday, Nov. 10 at 7 p.m. in Reynolds Coliseum, before taking on the Tigers on Saturday, Nov. 11 at 6 p.m. Due to facilities scheduling, the match against Clemson will be held at the Curtis & Jacqueline Dail Basketball Complex. Only the first 100 fans will be admitted into the Dail facility for the Clemson match.
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