Behind a team-high 17 kills, including one on the final point of the match by junior Nicole Lott, UNCW rallied to edge North Carolina 3-2 (17-25, 25-20, 20-25, 25-20, 15-13) in volleyball action on Friday at Carmichael Arena.
The Seahawks improved to 6-1 with the non-conference road win, while the Tar Heels dipped to 2-5. It was UNCW’s first win in the series, which resumed for the first time since 1993. UNCW’s victory snapped a 24-match home-winning streak at Carmichael for the Tar Heels.
Lott narrowly missed a double-double with nine digs and added six blocks on the evening. Setter Alyssa Desjardins recorded her first double-double of the season with 18 assists and 10 digs. Lindsay Hartmann, the reigning Colonial Athletic Association Defensive Player of the Week, held match-high honors with 25 digs.
“The team played with unbelievable heart and relentlessness,” said UNCW Head Coach Amy Bambenek. “Our blocking came through once again and forced UNC to make some uncharacteristic errors. The team held their composure with multiple players scoring some crucial points. I am just so proud of the team for believing in themselves and truly playing fearless.”
With UNCW needing to win the fourth set to extend the match, the Seahawks broke a 16-all deadlock with a 5-1 run for a 21-17 lead on their way to a 25-20 win. In the fifth and deciding set, UNCW trailed 11-8 before a pair of UNC hitting errors and a kill by Lott tied the set at 11-all. UNCW forced another hitting error to take a 14-13 lead and Lott closed out the match with her 17th kill of the night.
The Seahawks visit Duke for a 3 p.m. start on Saturday.