Avery Trendel

Top-Ranked Virginia Hands UNC Men’s Tennis First Loss of Season in ITA National Indoor Semifinals

Just one day removed from seeing its basketball team demoralized at the hands of the Tar Heels, the top-ranked Virginia men’s tennis team handed No. 5 UNC a demoralizing loss of its own in Sunday’s ITA National Indoor Semifinals. The Cavaliers–playing at home in Charlottesville–made quick work of the Tar Heels, with the scoreboard at Boar’s Head Sports Club showing a 4-0 clean sweep. UNC previously defeated a pair of top 10 teams–No. 10 Georgia and No. 4 Cal–in the tournament’s first two rounds, but on Sunday it found out exactly why Virginia has been ranked No. 1 all...

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Diamond Heels Hold Steady at No. 9 in D1Baseball.com Top 25

The UNC baseball team opened 2017 with a bang this past weekend at Boshamer Stadium, with its three-game sweep over the Kentucky Wildcats. As a result, the Diamond Heels held their spot at No. 9 in the D1Baseball.com Top 25. Not much movement took place at the top of the poll this week, with the top nine teams all staying exactly as they were in the preseason. TCU sits atop the poll, with Florida, Florida State, South Carolina and LSU making up the rest of the top five–a group that includes three teams from the SEC. The ACC continues...

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Tar Heels Move Back Up to No. 8 in AP Top 25

A pair of impressive blowout victories for UNC this week–over NC State on Wednesday and then-No. 14 Virginia at home on Saturday–saw the Tar Heels climb two spots in this week’s AP Top 25. Released on Monday, the new poll has UNC checking in at No. 8–good enough to be the second-highest ranked team from the ACC. A crucial conference matchup on Wednesday, however, against No. 7 Louisville may be enough to launch the Tar Heels even further in the rankings should they come out with the win. Gonzaga, Villanova and Kansas continue to hold onto the top three...

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UNC Baseball Opens Season With Three-Game Sweep of Kentucky

Despite missing the last two NCAA Tournaments, the UNC baseball team entered 2017 with enough talent to earn the No. 9 ranking in the D1baseball.com preseason poll. It may take a while for the Tar Heels to silence all their critics, but they were at least able to showcase a little bit of that talent with a three-game sweep over the Kentucky Wildcats this past weekend. Preseason First Team All-American JB Bukauskas started the party on Friday by striking out 10 Wildcats over six shutout innings as UNC cruised to a 3-1 victory in its season opener. Saturday’s game...

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Jackson Leads UNC’s 65-41 Domination of No. 14 Virginia

All week long, the talk surrounding Saturday’s top-15 showdown between No. 10 UNC and No. 14 Virginia at the Smith Center focused on the fact that something had to give in a matchup between the ACC’s top offense and its top defense. Although Virginia did slow the Tar Heels down a bit, Justin Jackson proved to be the perfect antidote for the Cavaliers’ pack-line system—scoring a game-high 20 points in UNC’s 65-41 victory. With baskets coming at a premium, Jackson was able to use his shooting ability to score 18 of those 20 points in the first half—drilling four...

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UNC Men’s Tennis Advances to ITA National Indoor Semifinals

After a pair of hard fought wins by a score of 4-2–one over No. 10 Georgia on Friday, and another over No. 4 Cal on Saturday–the fifth-ranked UNC men’s tennis team inched closer to defending its ITA National Indoor Championships title. Playing in Charlottesville, Virginia, junior Robert Kelly clinched the Tar Heels’ place in the tournament semifinal with a three-set singles victory (6-4, 4-6, 6-2) over Cal’s Florian Lakat. To get there, all they had to do was go through a pair of teams that were each in the Final Four during last year’s NCAA Tournament. The win over...

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UNC Honors Brice Johnson, Marcus Paige at Halftime of Virginia Game

Two of the most beloved Tar Heel basketball players in recent memory had their jersey numbers honored on Saturday night during halftime of UNC’s blowout win over No. 14 Virginia. Brice Johnson and Marcus Paige–who each graduated following last season–are the 50th and 51st Tar Heel players to have their jerseys placed in the rafters of the Dean E. Smith Center. Although Johnson’s No. 11 and Paige’s No. 5 have been on display in the rafters all season, Saturday marked the official ceremony. UNC makes two distinctions for jerseys in the rafters. Eight numbers have been “retired” and will...

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Tar Heel Men’s Lacrosse Defeats Lehigh, Improves to 3-0

Much like their women’s counterparts, the UNC men’s lacrosse team appears to have forgotten how to lose. The Tar Heels opened 2017 with their third consecutive victory after defeating Lehigh 15-8 on Saturday at Fetzer Field–this after closing last year with the program’s first ever national title. Despite losing the top spot in the Inside Lacrosse Top 25–dropping down to No. 3 this week–UNC put together yet another blowout win. Senior Luke Goldstock led the way with five goals on Saturday, as head coach Joe Breschi’s squad continues to boast an average margin of victory of nearly eight goals...

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UNC Women’s Lacrosse Knocks Off High Point, Wins 20th Straight Game

The top-ranked UNC women’s lacrosse team–last year’s national champions–notched another incredible milestone on Friday night with its 16-6 victory over the High Point Panthers at Fetzer Field. It was the 20th consecutive win for head coach Jenny Levy and the Tar Heels, a streak that dates back to early last season. Junior midfielder Ela Hazar matched a career high with six points for the second straight game, scoring two goals and dishing four assists in total against High Point. Forward Molly Hendrick added four goals and an assist to the winning cause, as UNC improved to 3-0 to start...

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Seven UNC Football Players Invited to NFL Draft Combine

The road to the NFL Draft began not long after the college season ended for many Tar Heel football players, but only seven of them will have the opportunity to show their progress on the big stage at this year’s NFL Draft Combine in Indianapolis. Quarterback Mitch Trubisky–widely expected to be among the first players selected in the draft–headlines a group that includes Elijah Hood and TJ Logan, his top two running backs, and three of his wide receivers: Ryan Switzer, Bug Howard and Mack Hollins. Defensive tackle Nazair Jones was the only player from the Tar Heel defense...

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