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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Virginia volleyball team dropped its first Atlantic Coast Conference match at home on Sunday afternoon, falling to North Carolina, 0-3 (25-22, 25-22, 25-18), in Memorial Gymnasium.

Sophomore Simone Asque led the attack with nine kills, while freshman Jessica O’Shoney landed eight. Senior Lauren Dickson led the defense with 16 digs and AJ Cushman chipped in 12. O’Shoney and junior Kendahl Voelker each had four blocks.

For the Tar Heels (8-9, 4-2 ACC), Courtney Johnston paced the attack with 12 kills and a .524 attack percentage. Cora Harms dished out 40 assists to go with 10 digs, while Kaylie Gibson collected a match-high 19 digs.

Virginia jumped out to a 9-3 lead early in the opening set, but Carolina chipped away at the Cavaliers’ advantage before eventually taking a lead of its own at 22-21. The Tar Heels closed out the frame scoring three of the final four points to win the set, 25-22.

Carolina nabbed the first point of the second set and went on to lead the entire frame. Trailing by as many as six, Virginia pulled within two, but it was not enough as the Tar Heels claimed the frame, 25-22.

The Cavaliers fell behind 16-9 in the third set and were unable to recover, as North Carolina went on to win 25-18.

Virginia (7-11, 2-5 ACC) will return to action next weekend, hosting Clemson and Georgia Tech on Friday and Saturday, respectively. Both matches are slated for 7 p.m.

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