Avery Trendel

Florida State Upsets No. 2 UNC to Claim ACC Baseball Championship

Ranked second in the country–with a squad hell bent on righting some of the wrongs of the past two seasons–the UNC baseball team ran roughshod through the regular season and all three of its tournament opponents on the way to Sunday’s ACC Championship Game in Louisville. The Florida State Seminoles, on the other hand, failed to live up to high expectations for most of the year as they fell all the way from one of the nation’s top five teams to an eighth place finish in the league. With the teams matched up on Sunday, however, it was the...

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Carrboro High School Takes Third Straight Women’s Soccer State Championship

The Carrboro High School women’s soccer team continued its incredible run on Saturday night, by winning its third consecutive 2A State Championship with a 3-0 victory in Raleigh over West Stokes. Goalkeeper Grace Nanney made a couple of critical saves early in the game, before Laura Sparling scored the opening goal for the Jaguars in the 16th minute. A goal from Evie Joseph shortly after–scored after a beautiful cross from Katie Knotek–put Carrboro ahead 2-0 entering the halftime break. With control of the game firmly in hand, the Jaguars focused on keeping possession for most of the second half....

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Tar Heels Blow Out Miami, Advance to ACC Baseball Championship Game

Three games into its ACC Tournament run at Louisville Slugger Stadium in Louisville, Kentucky, the second-ranked UNC baseball team has clearly taken the ballpark’s name to heart. After blowing out the No. 6 seed Miami Hurricanes 12-4 on Saturday night in the ACC Semifinals, the Tar Heels have now outscored their three opponents 34-8 on the way to a spot in Sunday’s Championship Game. Junior shortstop Logan Warmoth went 3-for-5 with three RBIs for UNC (47-11), while ACC Freshman of the Year Ashton McGee added two hits, a home run and three RBIs of his own against the Hurricanes...

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William Blumberg Becomes UNC’s First Ever NCAA Men’s Tennis Semifinalist

Technically, the kid should still be in high school. UNC men’s tennis freshman William Blumberg decided, instead, to enroll early in Chapel Hill to get a head start on his collegiate career. The native of Greenwich, Connecticut proved why on Saturday when he became the first Tar Heel to ever advance to the Semifinals of the NCAA Singles Tournament. Playing at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Georgia, Blumberg defeated North Florida’s Jack Findel-Hawkins in straight sets (6-4, 6-4) on the way to the historic achievement. Blumberg improved his singles record to a staggering 30-2 this season, and...

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Women’s Tennis: UNC Freshman Sara Daavettila Advances to NCAA Singles Quarterfinals

For the fifth year in a row–but just the seventh time in the history of the UNC women’s tennis program–there will be a Tar Heel in the Quarterfinals of the NCAA Singles Tournament. This comes after freshman Sara Daavettila–ranked 18th in the country–knocked off No. 10 Karla Popovic from the University of California in three sets on Friday at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Georgia. After dropping the first set 3-6, Daavettila rallied to defeat Popovic by scores of 6-4 and 6-1 in the final two sets. She now joins a list of recent UNC quarterfinalists that...

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Tar Heels Lay the Smackdown on NC State, Move On to ACC Baseball Semifinals

As soon as UNC junior centerfielder Brian Miller led off the home half of the first inning against NC State on Friday with his seventh home run of the season–it was clear what kind of night was getting ready to unfold. The No. 2 Tar Heels put the Wolfpack in front of the firing squad in their ACC Tournament matchup at Louisville Slugger Stadium, ultimately scoring 10 runs in the first inning on the way to a 12-4 blowout win. In total, UNC sent 14 batters to the plate–and put together nine hits–in the deciding frame against NC State...

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UNC Baseball Opens Its ACC Tournament Run With Mercy Rule Victory Over Boston College

Fans in attendance Thursday at Louisville Slugger Stadium for the ACC Baseball Tournament were treated to a rare sighting in the opening game of the afternoon. For the first time in four meetings this season, Boston College held No. 2 UNC below 15 runs. Unfortunately for the Eagles, the Tar Heels triggered the event’s mercy rule on the way to a commanding 10-0 victory in just seven innings. For UNC (45-11), the win means Friday’s game against NC State–which also defeated Boston College in its tournament opener–is for a spot in the championship semifinals over the weekend. Junior shortstop...

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UNC Approves Contract Extension for Larry Fedora

A contract extension for UNC head football coach Larry Fedora–a deal which would keep him in Chapel Hill through the 2022 season–was approved Thursday by the university’s Board of Trustees. The agreement will pay Fedora just under $3.4 million in salary over the next six seasons, plus almost $13.3 million in supplemental compensation. Fedora will also receive $50,000 each year as an expense allowance. Additional monetary incentives are also included should Fedora win a Coach of the Year award or if UNC were to win the Coastal Division Championship, ACC Championship or appear in a prestigious bowl game. “We...

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William Blumberg Named NCAA Men’s Tennis Tournament’s Most Outstanding Player

His Tar Heels may not have come out on top in the NCAA Men’s Tennis Final against Virginia, but freshman sensation William Blumberg certainly left a large impression on those who saw him play. The ITA’s National Rookie of the Year was selected as the NCAA Tournament’s Most Outstanding Player on Wednesday–despite playing for the losing side. A native of Greenwich, Connecticut, Blumberg ended the season with a 20-match win streak and a 26-2 overall record in singles competition. He was also one of two Tar Heels–along with Robert Kelly–to pick up a win against Virginia in the NCAA...

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Hayley Carter Stunned in First Round of NCAA Women’s Singles Tournament, Daavettila Advances

Over the last four years, UNC women’s tennis standout Hayley Carter has spent her time carving out a case as the best player to ever come through the program. After finishing as the national runner-up last season, Carter has carried the No. 2 ranking for most of this season–as she also set a new all-time record for ACC players with her 168 career singles victories. Unfortunately, Carter’s career came to a screeching halt on Wednesday in Athens, Georgia. The senior fell in the First Round of the NCAA Singles Tournament, suffering a 6-2, 6-3 loss to No. 44 Anna...

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