NCAA Volleyball ACCtion: Thursday, November 29

Nov. 29, 2012

Heels Top Cal, Advance To Second Round

AMES, Iowa - North Carolina topped California 3-1 (26-24, 25-23, 18-25, 25-16) Thursday night at Iowa State's Hilton Coliseum as the Tar Heels claimed their third-straight trip to the second round of the NCAA tournament.

Led by senior Emily McGee with 13 kills and 11 digs, UNC capitalized on double-digit kills from four players to improve to 26-5 on the season and advance to Friday's second round match. Seven of Carolina's 11 players recorded blocks, with freshman Victoria McPherson grabbing four, and sophomore Ece Taner finished with 22 digs for UNC.

Wolfpack Volleyball Ends Season With NCAA First-Round Loss

AUSTIN, Texas - After winning the first NCAA Championship set in the history of NC State volleyball, the Wolfpack lost three in a row to Texas A&M in a first-round match at Texas' Gregory Gym, ending State's hope of a first-round upset and concluding the team's record-setting season.

The Wolfpack (22-10), making its first NCAA appearance since a 3-0 loss to Kentucky in 1987, won the opener, 25-21, with a strong team hitting performance of .368, but the Aggies came back strong in the second set, winning 25-12, as the Wolfpack posted a negative hitting percentage.

The final two sets were close throughout, with the Aggies taking the Wolfpack out of its reliably strong service game. Both teams had double-figure service errors, with a total of 12 for the Pack and 11 for the Aggies.