Avery Trendel

Women’s Basketball: Tar Heels Storm Back From 19-Point Deficit to Stun Duke in OT Thriller

Junior guard Paris Kea poured in a career-high 36 points Sunday afternoon at Carmichael Arena, guiding the UNC women’s basketball team to a thrilling 92-86 overtime victory over the No. 15 Duke Blue Devils. The Tar Heels (14-6, 4-3 ACC) trailed by as many as 19 points midway through the second quarter–and held the lead for just 17 seconds during regulation–but fought back to end a six-game losing streak against their most-hated rival. Duke (16-5, 4-3 ACC) built the lead by shooting 52 percent in the game, and receiving 29 points from guard Haley Gorecki–who drained seven of the...

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No. 2 Hoops Recruit Zion Williamson Chooses Duke Over UNC and Home State Schools

A shockwave was sent through the college basketball recruiting world Saturday night when 6-foot-7 forward Zion Williamson–the nation’s No. 2 ranked high school player in the Class of 2018–announced he will join the Duke Blue Devils next season. Prior to the announcement, it was widely thought that Williamson–who has become a highlight machine at Spartanburg Day School in Spartanburg, South Carolina–would select either Clemson, South Carolina or UNC. Duke was among Williamson’s final choices along with Kentucky and Kansas but was seen as having an outside shot at landing him. Now, though, head coach Mike Krzyzewski’s Blue Devils have...

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Alan Winn Selected 25th Overall by Colorado Rapids in MLS SuperDraft

Senior forward Alan Winn became the third Tar Heel men’s soccer player to join the professional ranks this week, when he was selected in the second round (25th overall) of Friday’s MLS SuperDraft by the Colorado Rapids. Prior to the draft, midfielder Cam Lindley signed with Orlando City FC and forward Zach Wright signed with Sporting KC by way of MLS’s Homegrown Player Rule. Winn now becomes the latest Tar Heel to get his shot after scoring a team-high 11 goals this past season–earning him Second Team All-American and First Team All-ACC honors. He was an All-ACC selection following...

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Rebounding Powers No. 15 UNC Past Georgia Tech, Tar Heels Win Fourth Straight

After shaking off the cobwebs midway through the first half Saturday afternoon at the Dean Smith Center, the 15th-ranked Tar Heels utilized their superior rebounding advantage to take control–on the way to an 80-66 victory over the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. UNC didn’t have its best shooting performance by any means, but it ultimately had no impact on the final result. The Tar Heels shot just 42 percent, but were able to grab their own misses seemingly at will–manufacturing 26 second-chance points on 19 offensive rebounds. Junior forward Luke Maye led the charge against the Yellow Jackets with a...

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Tar Heels Open Men’s Tennis Season by Sweeping Past Bucknell and Wofford

After snow in Chapel Hill postponed a pair of season-opening men’s tennis matches during the week, the third-ranked Tar Heels were forced to open the season on Saturday. There were no ill effects from the delay, however, as UNC rolled past Bucknell 7-0 in its first match of the afternoon at the Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center before sweeping Wofford 4-0 later in the day. The Tar Heels didn’t drop a set in either match, even without using star players William Blumberg and Robert Kelly in the early action. UNC quickly cruised to the doubles point against Bucknell with a pair...

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UNC Women’s Tennis Dominates William & Mary, Richmond in Season Opening Matches

The fifth-ranked UNC women’s tennis team began its regular season Saturday morning in dominant fashion, with a pair of clean, 7-0 sweeps over the William & Mary Tribe and the Richmond Spiders in Williamsburg. Against William & Mary, UNC took the doubles point with a pair of easy 6-1 victories. The Tar Heels then went on to take each of the six singles matches while dropping just two sets in the process. Sara Daavettilla put on arguably the most impressive performance of the match, as she cruised to a 6-0, 6-0 victory over William & Mary’s Ekaterina Stepanova. With the...

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Ramos Returns as No. 25 UNC Wrestling Kicks Off ACC Duals With Victory Over Virginia

The 25th-ranked UNC wrestling team came out victorious in seven of the ten individual matches on Friday night in Charlottesville, as the Tar Heels picked up a 24-15 victory over the Virginia Cavaliers in the ACC opener for both sides. Perhaps the biggest development of the evening, however, was the return of UNC star Ethan Ramos at 174 pounds. After missing six weeks due to injury, Ramos came back in style with a 14-5 major decision win over Virginia’s Will Schany. Ramos–ranked 13th in the nation at his weight class–also kick-started a streak of four consecutive match wins for...

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Former UNC Receiver Quinshad Davis Joins Larry Fedora’s Staff as Graduate Assistant

One of the most prolific wide receivers in UNC history is coming back to Chapel Hill. News was made official Friday that Quinshad Davis will join head coach Larry Fedora’s staff as a graduate assistant–where he is expected to help out his former position coach, Gunter Brewer, with the wide receivers. The Gaffney, South Carolina native was a member of Fedora’s first recruiting class at UNC. During his four years on the field as a Tar Heel from 2012-2015, Davis amassed 205 catches for 2,614 yards and 25 touchdowns. All of those numbers were school records at the time...

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UNC Places Seven Wrestlers Among Initial NCAA Coaches’ Panel Rankings

Seven wrestlers from the 25th-ranked Tar Heels were among the season’s first round of coaches’ panel rankings, which were released by the NCAA on Thursday. These rankings are used as a tool to help as part of the selection process for the 2018 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships–which will be held this year in Cleveland from March 15-17. Winning percentage, Ratings Percentage Index (RPI) and the coaches’ rankings ultimately make up the full criteria for wrestlers to earn their way into the NCAA Qualifying Tournaments. UNC’s top-ranked wrestler at the moment is redshirt senior Troy Heilmann at 149 pounds....

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Friday Marks Anson Dorrance’s Official Induction Into United Soccer Coaches Hall of Fame

UNC head women’s soccer coach Anson Dorrance will be officially inducted Friday into the United Soccer Coaches Hall of Fame during an awards banquet in Philadelphia. Dorrance will receive the prestigious honor alongside two-time U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Bruce Arena, another one of the country’s top minds in the sport. Arena won five national titles in 18 seasons as the men’s coach at Virginia and has had two stints coaching the men’s national side, winning 81 games against international competition–more than any other coach in American history. In 41 years at the helm in Chapel Hill, Dorrance...

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