October 18, 1998
Chapel Hill, N.C. – Maya Starks had 26 kills and Tori Siebert added 23 as the #24-ranked North Carolina volleyball team defeated visiting Notre Dame 15-10, 15-13, 9-15, 15-8, in non-conference action Sunday afternoon at Carmichael Auditorium.
Notre Dame (7-9) received a career-high 19 kills from Christi Girton and a career-best 16 digs from fellow sophomore outside hitter Adrienne Shimmel. Senior middle blocker Lindsay Treadwell had 15 kills and 14 digs for her eighth “double-double” match of the season and the 21st of her career, moving the Irish captain into a share for ninth on the Notre Dame all-time double-double list with Maureen Shea (1985-88).
North Carolina (19-4), which saw its 14-match winning streak halted by Wake Forest on Friday, enjoyed a .312-.224 edge in team hitting percentage while outblocking the Irish 10-7. Notre Dame held the serving edge, with eight aces to UNC’s five, while the Tar Heels made 13 service errors (to Notre Dame’s five).
Notre Dame had a chance to tie the match in the second game, after claiming a 13-9 lead, but the hosts responded by winning the final six points of the game for a 2-0 lead.
The Tar Heels jumped ahead in game three, 4-0, before the Irish scored the next four points en route to forcing a fourth game.
The Irish also received 11 kills from both sophomore Jo Jameyson and freshman rightside hitter Kristy Kreher, who had no errors on 19 attempts for a solid .579 hitting percentage. Girton had five errors on a team-high 61 swings, for a .230 percentage.
Seibert hit .447 (2 errors, 47 att.) while Simpson checked in at just .206, thanks to 13 errors on 63 swings. Two other UNC players-Alicia Alford (18 kills, .405) and Shannon Smith (16 kills, .433)-contributed double-digit kills for the Tar Heels while all six UNC starters registered double-digit kills.