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Oct. 9, 2015

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – The Virginia volleyball team fell to North Carolina, 3-0 (25-22, 25-20, 25-19) on Friday night at the Carmichael Arena.

“Against a team like North Carolina, you have to be good for a long period of time,” head coach Dennis Hohenshelt said. “We were good for abit in the beginning of set one and had some random runs, but that is not good enough. I thought we did not serve with enough pressure and their attack could do whatever they wanted tonight. We need to ergroup and be better against a good NC State team tomorrow.”

Virginia (11-5, 3-2 ACC) was out-hit as North Carolina (8-7, 5-1 ACC) finished with a.340 hitting percentage to .211. The Tar Heels also led in digs, 47-37, and blocks, 8-7. The Cavaliers had the edge from behind the end line with seven aces to six.

Senior Kayla Sears (Moorpark, Calif.) led UVA with nine kills, while junior Haley Kole (Tallahassee, Fla.) and Natalie Bausback (Carlsbad, Calif.) each added seven kills. Bausback finished with a team-high 11 digs and added four blocks.

The Cavaliers trailed 7-3 in the first set, but fought back to tie the set at 12-12. After the teams traded points, UVA went on a 3-0 run to lead 17-14. North Carolina then used a 7-0 run to regain the lead and held on to win the first set, 25-22.

North Carolina jumped out quickly in the second set and continued to extend its lead to 20-13. Virginia climbed back into the set with a 4-0 run to trail, 23-18, but the Tar Heels held on for a 25-20 win.

UVA was unable to gain the advantage as North Carolina carried its momentum over into the third set. The set saw six ties, but the Tar Heels led for the majority of the set and took the match with a 25-19 win.

Virginia will travel to Raleigh Saturday to take on NC State at 7:30 p.m.

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