For two and almost-a-half sets it was glorious. Tech had #9 North Carolina on the ropes, but Tar Heel head coach Joe Sagula energized his team by getting ejected and the Jackets fell 25-19, 25-19, 20-25, 11-25, 9-15 Sunday afternoon in Atlanta.
Tech earned an 11-10 lead in the third on a disputed play that Sagula argued forcefully enough to earn ejection. The penalty point made it 12-10 in Tech's favor. The Tar Heels went on a run, outscoring the Jackets 15-8 over the rest of the set and 55-28 over the rest of the match.
Sophomore outside Teegan Van Gunst led the Jackets with 15 kills, earning her 10th double-double by adding 11 digs. Sophomore rightside Annika Van Gunst added 12 kills and 12 digs for her 6th double-double.
Sophomore libero London Ackerman led the back row with 22 digs and freshman defensive specialist Annika Olsen added 10.
Tech is away from O'Keefe the next three matches, starting at 7:00pm on Halloween at Notre Dame. The Jackets are 0-4 on the road in the ACC this season.