Nicole Lott held match-high honors with 11 kills and Katie McCullough added nine kills and 15 digs, but UNCW fell in straight sets (25-18, 25-21, 25-21) to North Carolina in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at Carmichael Arena on Friday.
The Tar Heels (21-9) advanced to the second round where they will play 16th-seeded Creighton on Saturday. The Seahawks, meanwhile, saw their season end with a 24-8 record after advancing to the NCAA tournament for the first time in program history.
Paige Neufeldt headed up the UNC effort with a team-high 10 kills and Victoria McPherson added nine kills in 18 attacks for a .500 hitting average. Led by Neuenfeldt’s seven blocks, UNC out-blocked the Seahawks, 14-7.
UNCW was outblocked for the first time this season and the first time since Oct. 18, 2014, against Towson, a span of 38 matches.
Lott finished off a double-double, her 10th of the season, with 10 digs. Lindsay Hartmann added 13 digs for UNCW.
The Tar Heels were able to overcome an earlier loss to the Seahawks (Sept. 11) by out-blocking UNCW and limiting the Seahawks to a .092 hitting average.