North Carolina is tied for eighth, Duke is 12th and N.C. State is 15th after the first round of the Landfall Tradition at the Landfall Country Club’s Dye Course.
Purdue had three players finish below par at the 6,159-yard course to lead the tournament at 5-under.
Leslie Cloots shot a 1-under-par 71 to pace UNC, which is nine shots off the lead after a 4-over 292.
Leona Maguire finished at even-par for the Blue Devils (5-over)
Lindsay McGetrick birdied four of her first six, but finished at 1-under for the Wolfpack, which is 13-over as a team.
Cloots and McGetrick are tied with five others for 14th place in the individual standings, five shots behind South Carolina’s Nanna Madsen, who had an eagle on the par-5 18th to get to 6-under. Maguire is in a seven-way tie for 21st.
Only two BC attackers finished the match with a positive hitting percentage thanks to UNC’s defense, which had 11 blocks and 39 digs.
Paige Neuenfeldt had seven kills and seven blocks for UNC, while Victoria McPherson had three kills on a .600 hitting percentage. Senior libero Ece Taner had three aces and 12 digs, and Tatiana Durr added 12 digs, two kills and three blocks.
Outside hitter Jeme Obeime had a match-high 15 kills, and fellow outside hitter Emily Sklar notched her fifth double-double with 12 kills and 16 digs. Setter Kelsey Williams had 37 assists to go along with nine digs and four kills.
Duke limited Clemson to a .176 hitting percentage. Libero Sasha Karelov picked up a match-high 26 digs to anchor the defense.