CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – Senior Christine Jarman (Boynton Beach, Fla.) posted 13 kills, her high at Virginia, but the Cavaliers fell in four sets, 25-21, 25-15, 23-25, 25-21, on Saturday night (Oct. 31).
Jarman co-led the Virginia attack alongside fellow senior Sarah Billiard (Matthews, N.C.) with 13 kills each. Senior libero Alex Spencer (North Canton, Ohio) led the match with 15 digs.
North Carolina rode the arm of Parker Austin who floored 22 kills while hitting .429 to guide the Tar Heels to the win. Destiny Cox and Aziah Buckner added 10 kills apiece.
SET 1: UNC 25-20
Turner scored four times in the early action to help Virginia keep pace. Neither side led by more than two points in the first half of the frame with UNC holding a 15-13 edge at the media timeout.
Virginia used a 3-0 run, highlighted by a solo block from Mattison Matthews (Charleston, S.C.), to take a 17-16 advantage. The Tar Heels responded with back-to-back kills from Austin to force a Cavalier timeout and then went on a 4-0 run to break a 19-19 tie. Cox had a pair of kills in the late run to earn the set.
SET 2: UNC 25-15
Buckner had a pair kills in a 6-2 UNC run to open the second set. After a Billiard ace cut the deficit to 6-4, UNC recorded three-straight kills to take a 9-4 advantage and force the Cavaliers to call timeout. The Tar Heels kept the pressure on with a 6-0 run to extend the advantage to 18-8.
SET 3: Virginia 25-23
Freshman Czhen Beneby (West Palm Beach, Fla.) scored her first collegiate point with a block to put Virginia up 3-1 to open the frame. North Carolina responded with a 4-0 run to take the 5-3 lead before the Cavaliers settled back in.
Trailing 13-12, Virginia reeled off a 5-1 run to open a 17-14 advantage. Tied at 19-all, Beneby and Megan Wilson (Brookeville, Md.) produced back-to-back blocks as part of a 3-0 run for Virginia. Beneby produced five blocks in the frame to lead a shutdown defensive effort for Virginia to earn the set.
SET 4: UNC 25-20
UNC scored the first three points of the set before Virginia answered back with two Billiard kills and a Matthews ace. The Cavaliers would build a 7-4 lead, but the Tar Heels swung the momentum with a 4-0 run.
With the set tied at 12-12, UNC went on a 9-2 run to build an 21-14 lead. The Tar Heels closed the frame out at 25-20 to claim the match.
- Beneby finished the night with six blocks and two kills in her two sets
- Matthews added four blocks for the Cavaliers
- Virginia posted 11 blocks as a team
- The Tar Heels hit .312 in the match, the second-highest mark allowed by the Cavaliers this season
Virginia and UNC wrap up the fall schedule on Sunday (Nov. 1) in a 4 p.m. first serve on ACCNX.