Photos by Kelsey Hagan, Clemson Athletic Communications
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – North Carolina’s Destiny Cox posted a match-high 11 kills and hit .409 to lead the Tar Heels to victory – 25-13, 25-17, 25-20 – over Clemson in Carmichael Arena Sunday. The Tigers were led by Solei Thomas, who registered a team-high nine kills on 22 swings and Madi Howell, who achieved a match-high 15 digs at the libero position.
North Carolina jumped out to an early 11-3 lead to open the first before closing out the set on a 5-1 run to take game No. 1, 25-14. The Tar Heels outhit Clemson .209 to -.119 in the opening set. Clemson fired off six unanswered points early in the second to take a 7-3 lead, but UNC immediately responded with a 6-0 run of its own, stripping Clemson of its lead. By the end of the second set, the Tar Heels extended their lead to eight, 25-17, taking a 2-0 lead heading into the break. Coming out of the locker room, UNC grabbed an initial 5-1 lead. The Tigers would cut their deficit to as little as two points (19-17), but North Carolina capped off the third set on a 6-3 run to claim the set (25-20) and match.
Clemson junior setter Lisie Kit made her season debut in the third set and finished the match with one assist and two digs.
With the win, the Tar Heels improved to 11-11 overall and 8-4 in ACC play.
Up next, Clemson (10-13, 4-8 ACC) hits the road for its second straight trip as the Tigers travel to Virginia on Friday, Nov. 8 (6:30 p.m.) before heading to No. 3 Pittsburgh on Sunday, Nov. 10 (1 p.m.). For the Tigers’ complete 2019 schedule, click here.
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