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Janelle Bailey Tabbed as ACC Women’s Basketball Co-Rookie of the Week

The ACC released its women’s basketball weekly honors on Monday, with UNC forward Janelle Bailey recognized as the league’s Co-Rookie of the Week alongside Boston College guard Milan Bolden-Morris. It’s the sixth time this season Bailey has earned the award this season, as the 6-foot-4-inch native of Matthews, North Carolina has proven she will be a force in head coach Sylvia Hatchell’s frontcourt for years to come. Although the Tar Heels have lost five consecutive games as a team, Bailey posted a pair of double-doubles last week in losses to Virginia Tech and NC State. Against the Hokies, she...

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Tar Heels Take Home ITA National Women’s Indoor Championship With Win Over Pepperdine

Four wins in four days over some of the top teams in America earned the fifth-ranked UNC women’s tennis team the ITA National Indoor Championship, capped off by a 4-2 victory over the No. 6 Pepperdine Waves on Monday afternoon. Playing the tournament in Madison, Wisconsin, head coach Brian Kalbas’s Tar Heels certainly brought along their best effort up north with them. After winning the doubles point to take the early 1-0 lead, UNC then got singles victories from Alexa Graham, Sara Daavettila and Jessie Aney to clinch the title. Graham (6-4, 6-3) and Daavettila (7-5, 6-2) each won...

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Rivalry Wins Help UNC Jump to No. 14 in AP Men’s Basketball Top 25

Back-to-back wins over the team’s most bitter rivals–Duke and NC State–within a 48-hour period this past week helped move UNC up seven spots to No. 14 in the most recent edition of the AP Men’s Basketball Top 25, which was released Monday. The Tar Heels (19-7, 8-5 ACC) have now won three games in row overall, after previously encountering the program’s first three-game losing skid since 2014. Virginia took over the No. 1 spot in the poll despite losing to Virginia Tech at home this past Saturday, while Michigan State, Villanova, Xavier and Cincinnati round out the top five....

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Gianluca Dalatri Earns Spot on the Golden Spikes Award Watch List

Early-season watch list candidates for the Golden Spikes Award–the honor for the top amateur baseball player in the country–were announced last Friday by USA Baseball, with UNC sophomore starting pitcher Gianluca Dalatri making the cut. A 6-foot-6-inch, imposing physical presence on the mound, Dalatri immediately established himself as the Tar Heels No. 2 starting option last season behind first-round MLB Draft pick JB Bukauskas. The New Jersey native had a career-high 15 strikeouts against Radford in just his second collegiate start, and went on to finish the year with a 7-3 record and a 3.34 ERA–while showcasing his control...

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NCBWA Places UNC Closer Josh Hiatt on Stopper of the Year Watch List

The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association released its 52-player watch list for the Stopper of the Year award on Monday, an honor given annually to the top relief pitcher in the nation. UNC sophomore closer Josh Hiatt was among those players, becoming one of just three finalists for the honor last season to find themselves on this year’s watch list–joining Florida’s Michael Byrne and Oregon’s Kenyon Yovan. Hiatt–who was also named a preseason First Team All-American by the NCBWA–led the Tar Heels with 13 saves last season, while striking out 64 batters in only 52 innings. The Charlotte native...

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NCAA Releases Initial Top 16 Seeds for Men’s Basketball Tournament, UNC Checks In as a No. 3

With March Madness right around the corner, the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament selection committee released its initial rankings for the top 16 teams in America on Sunday–meaning it gave a blueprint for what the top four seeds in each region would look like if the season had just ended. UNC received a No. 3 seed in the West region in the first look at the seedings, as the Tar Heels were paired with No. 1 seed Purdue, No. 2 seed Kansas and No. 4 seed Arizona. The top overall seed was Virginia, with Villanova and Xavier taking the other...

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Women’s Hoops: No. 23 NC State Throttles UNC, Hands Tar Heels Fifth Straight Loss

A frustrating season continues to snowball for the UNC women’s basketball team, which traveled to Reynolds Coliseum Sunday afternoon and came out with a 73-54 loss to the No. 23 NC State Wolfpack. It was the Tar Heels’ fifth consecutive loss and sixth in their past seven games. The 54 points were their second-lowest scoring output of the season–only one point more than the 53 they scored when the Wolfpack came to Chapel Hill. UNC (14-11, 4-8 ACC) led 15-14 after the first quarter, but everything went downhill from there–as NC State (20-6, 9-4 ACC) held the Tar Heels...

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UNC Women’s Tennis Dispatches Duke, Punches Ticket to ITA National Indoor Finals

For the fourth consecutive season, the UNC women’s tennis team will play for the ITA National Indoor Championship. Playing in Madison, Wisconsin, the fifth-ranked Tar Heels defeated No. 9 Duke by a score of 4-1 in their semifinal match on Sunday, clinching a chance to play for the title on Monday. UNC took the doubles point from the Blue Devils with a 6-4 victory from the team of Jessie Aney and Alexa Graham, followed by another 6-4 triumph from Alle Sanford and Sara Daavettila. Graham (7-6, 6-1) and Daavettila (6-2, 6-2) each took their singles matches in straight sets,...

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Women’s Tennis: Tar Heels Cruise by Texas Tech Into ITA National Indoor Semifinals, Set Up Final Four Match vs. Duke

Saturday afternoon saw the fifth-ranked UNC women’s tennis team inch closer to the ITA National Indoor Championship, as the Tar Heels dominated the No. 8 Texas Tech Red Raiders by a score of 4-1 in the tournament’s quarterfinals. The Red Raiders battled hard for the doubles point, but it ultimately went to UNC when the Tar Heels took two of the three sets–which all finished at 6-4. Alexa Graham, Jessie Aney and Sara Daavettila then picked up victories in straight sets during the singles portion of the dual to clinch the win. Texas Tech’s only point came in perhaps...

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Luke Maye’s Career Day Propels No. 21 UNC to Victory Over NC State in Raleigh

Junior forward Luke Maye scored 27 of his career-high 33 points in the second half Saturday afternoon, carrying the 21st-ranked Tar Heels to a 96-89 victory over the NC State Wolfpack at PNC Arena in Raleigh. Having just been on the wrong end of an upset loss in overtime to the Wolfpack a little over two weeks ago at the Dean Dome, Maye’s heroic effort helped UNC (19-7, 8-5 ACC) avoid being swept by NC State (16-9, 6-6 ACC) for the first time since 2003. The Huntersville native was everywhere in the second half, constantly coming up with big...

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