MIAMI, Fla. - North Carolina dropped a 3-1 (18-25, 25-27, 25-23, 14-25) match to Miami on Sunday, falling to 13-4 (4-3) after finishing 0-2 this weekend.
"Miami was a really good team, but it appears that in the ACC you need to bring your "A" gameon the road, and we struggled with that," head coach Joe Sagula said. "The games were close several times, but their middles were fantastic today, and we struggled with that and didn't execute well."
"Some of our freshmen really stepped up and helped the team today, which was great to see, but they will continue to learn and take this to improve on. Now, we need to focus, invest and work hard to prepare for the rest of the season. We're disappointed, but we need to do things better to be successful," Sagula said.
The Hurricanes grabbed the first set 25-18, behind a .333 attack over Carolina's .152. Sophomore Chaniel Nelson had five kills and two digs, but Miami's strong defensive play tallied four team blocks to stop the Tar Heels.
UNC forced extra points in the second set, but Miami finished with a 27-25 win to go up 2-0. Nelson added another six kills, and Harms and sophomore Ece Taner combined for 10 digs, but another five blocks from the Hurricanes was enough to defend the second set.
Carolina rebounded in set three for a 25-23 win behind four kills apiece from juniors Kayla Berringer and Lauren Adkins and another seven digs from Taner. Adkins also added a block and three digs to help boost the Tar Heels, despite their 11 errors that frame.
Miami finished a strong set four to close the match, taking the frame with a decisive 25-14 score. Adkins had three kills, and Nelson and freshman Paige Neuenfeldt each had a block, but another nine erros by the Tar Heels didn't allow for a comeback.
Miami's Emani Sims tallied 10 kills and eight blocks, and Alex Johnson had 10 kills with eight digs to lead the Hurricanes' force. Overall, UNC recorded 35 errors while Miami had 18. The Hurricanes also totaled 18 team blocks, while the Tar Heels had five for the day.
The Tar Heels travel to Virginia next week with another two road matches against the Wahoos on Friday, Oct. 12, and and against Virginia Tech on Sunday, Oct. 14.