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UNC Adds Luke Paschall to Football Coaching Staff

The UNC football team welcomed back a familiar face to its football staff on Thursday, with the addition of former graduate assistant Luke Paschall. After working with the Tar Heel offense during the first two years of head coach Larry Fedora’s tenure (2012 and 2013), Paschall followed former UNC offensive coordinator Blake Anderson when the latter accepted the top job at Arkansas State. He then served as wide receivers coach and special teams coordinator for the last four seasons under Anderson–winning two Sun Belt conference titles and making four straight bowl appearances–before getting the offer to work with Fedora...

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Sara Daavettila Named ITA Indoor National Champhionship’s Most Outstanding Player

Accolades continue to roll in for UNC sophomore Sara Daavettila, who helped guide the Tar Heel women’s tennis team to the ITA National Indoor Championship this past weekend in Madison, Wisconsin. Daavettila was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player on Thursday, following a vote by the head coaches of all 16 teams that participated. This honor comes after the ACC recognized her as the sport’s Player of the Week on Tuesday for her efforts in the tournament–which included a perfect 4-0 record in singles competition. She also went 3-1 in doubles play with teammate Alle Sanford, as UNC won...

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Second Annual Brawl at the Hall Sees UNC Wrestling Earn Blowout Victory Over Duke

The second annual “Brawl at the Hall” was a smashing success for the 24th-ranked UNC wrestling team, which capped off its regular season with a dominant 28-14 victory over the Duke Blue Devils at Memorial Hall. Pins from Troy Heilmann (No. 8 at 149 pounds) and Chip Ness (No. 17 at 184 pounds) represented 12 of the 28 team points for the Tar Heels (9-10, 3-2 ACC)–who clinched their first winning record against conference competition since the 2008-09 season. Seniors Ethan Ramos (No. 16 at 174 pounds) and Danny Chaid (No. 15 at 197 pounds) also picked up hard-fought...

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ITA Moves Tar Heel Women Into No. 1 Ranking Following National Indoor Championship Title

Coming off the program’s third ITA National Indoor Championship title since 2013, the UNC women’s tennis team now has a new title it can claim–No. 1 ranked team in America. The Tar Heels took over the top spot in the newest ITA Division I Team Rankings, which were released on Wednesday. Prior to this past weekend’s tournament, UNC entered the event ranked No. 5. Pepperdine, which lost to the Tar Heels in Monday’s championship match, moved up to No. 2 from No. 6. The rest of the top five includes: No. 3 Vanderbilt, No. 4 Duke and No. 5...

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Tar Heels Earn No. 3 Seed for Men’s ITA National Indoor Championships

Seedings for the Men’s ITA National Indoor Championships were revealed Wednesday, with head coach Sam Paul’s Tar Heels being placed No. 3 overall. The 16-team event takes place in Seattle from Friday, Feb. 16 through Monday, Feb. 19–and is hosted by the University of Washington. UNC enters with a perfect 7-0 record to this point in the season, including back-to-back wins over ranked opponents in No. 12 Illinois and No. 16 TCU in the past two weeks. First up for the Tar Heels will be the No. 14 seed Notre Dame Fighting Irish in a match that is scheduled...

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UNC Officially Rules Stephanie Watts, Destinee Walker Out for Season

With the UNC women’s basketball team’s NCAA Tournament chances essentially up in smoke at this point, it was announced Tuesday afternoon that junior guards Stephanie Watts and Destinee Walker will not make their returns to the floor until next season. Each player suffered a knee injury late in the 2016-17 campaign and neither has played in a game this year–as the Tar Heels (14-11, 4-8 ACC) have lost five consecutive games and six of their last seven. Although senior Jamie Cherry is set to graduate following this season, Watts and Walker will be welcome additions alongside forward Janelle Bailey...

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Luke Maye, Joel Berry Each Placed on Naismith Award Top 30 List

The Naismith Award, one of college basketball’s prestigious National Player of the Year honors, released a list including its top 30 candidates on Wednesday–with a pair of Tar Heels among the mix. Junior forward Luke Maye and senior point guard Joel Berry joined a phenomenal group of players led by Oklahoma freshman sensation Trae Young, who currently leads the country in points and assists per game. Maye currently leads UNC in both scoring (18.3 ppg) and rebounding (10.4 rpg), while Berry is right behind in scoring (17.5 ppg) and has been the team’s steadying force in the backcourt all...

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UNC Sophomore Brittany Pickett Recognized as ACC Softball Pitcher of the Week

The UNC softball team is off to a 3-1 start to its 2018 regular season campaign, with sophomore pitcher Brittany Pickett a big reason why. Pickett was named the ACC Pitcher of the Week on Tuesday–after compiling a 3-0 record, two complete game shutouts and a 0.00 ERA in the UCF “Friends of Jaclyn” Invitational. Her first win came in the Tar Heels’ season opener against Butler on Saturday, when she came in out of the bullpen with no outs and successfully helped UNC escape a bases-loaded jam. From there, the Indian Trail, North Carolina native pitched the next...

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Sara Daavettila Named ACC Women’s Tennis Player of the Week

For her efforts in helping guide the UNC women’s tennis team to the ITA National Indoor Championship this past weekend in Madison, Wisconsin, sophomore Sara Daavettila was named the sport’s ACC Player of the Week on Tuesday. The fifth-ranked Tar Heels defeated Ole Miss, No. 8 Texas Tech, No. 9 Duke and No. 6 Pepperdine on their way to the title, with Daavettila going 4-0 in her singles matches. She also teamed with Alle Sanford for three doubles victories in the event. So far this season, UNC has posted an 8-0 record in team dual matches–while Daavettila herself has...

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Pinson Helps No. 14 UNC Pull Away From Notre Dame Down the Stretch, Pick Up Third ACC Win in Five Days

It wasn’t as easy as the final score suggested Monday night at the Dean Smith Center, but the 14th-ranked Tar Heels managed to grind out a 83-66 win over the Notre Dame Fighting Irish—using a determined second-half performance from senior wing Theo Pinson to seal the deal. Pinson scored 14 of his 16 points in the final period, including nine over the final nine minutes of the game—a time span directly following a three-pointer from Notre Dame guard TJ Gibbs that cut UNC’s lead to just one point at 58-57. His energy helped spur the Tar Heels (20-7, 9-5...

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