TALAHASSEE, Fla. - The Tar Heels were swept 3-0 for just the second time this season, dropping a 3-0 (23-25, 24-26, 23-25) match at No. 13 Florida State Friday night. Senior Emily McGee finished with 12 kills and 17 digs, while junior Kayla Berringer had 12 kills, and senior Cora Harms had 16 digs.
The entire match saw close play by Carolina and Florida State, with the Seminoles taking each frame by just the minimum margin.
"A match like tonight couldn't be any closer, losing by just two points in each set," said head coach Joe Sagula. "The disappointment was that we had our chances in each set. A swing, a free ball, we just couldn't finish. FSU's middles were great tonight, and we didn't have an answer for that. Our pin players were effective at times, our serving was strong, and we were able to put pressure on Florida State, but they were a veteran team and were able to close out each set with their strength."
"We are getting close, but we need to learn from this match and move forward," Sagula said.
The Seminoles grabbed an early 1-0 lead with a 25-23 set one win. McGee had five kills and four digs, and Berringer added four kills. Freshman Paige Neuenfeldt and sophomore Chaniel Nelson had two blocks apiece. McGee and Nelson each had an ace, as Carolina hit .212. Florida State's Sareea Freeman had five kills, and Olivera Medic and Katie Mosher each had five digs for the Noles, who hit .273.
In set two, Berringer had four kills, while Harms and McGee combined for 10 digs, but FSU took the frame in extra points, 26-24. The Tar Heels had their lowest attack of the match at .136, and FSU capitalized on four kills and seven digs Fatma Yildirim, and five kills and two blocks from Ashley Neff to go up 2-0.
Florida State closed down the match with a 25-23 set three win, despite a combined 17 digs from Harms and McGee, and five kills apiece from Neuenfeldt and Nelson. The Noles hit .333 with four kills each from Yildirim, Neff and Medic, and Katie Mosher had nine digs.