The UNC volleyball team jumped four spots in this week’s national rankings after sweeping its opponents in the Carolina Classic over the weekend.
The AVCA Coaches’ voted the Tar Heels into the No. 13 spot after a hard-fought meeting with then-No. 16 Kentucky opened the weekend. The Tar Heels, then ranked No. 17, pulled off the five-set victory with a 16-14 final set. The Wildcats took sets two and three in dominating fashion (25-15 in each), but the Heels answered with a 25-13 set four to force the deciding set.
UNC is 7-1 on the season and on a five-match winning streak after its 3-0 loss to Illinois in the Illini Classic on August 30.
The Tar Heels remain home this weekend for the ACC-Big 12 Classic. Oklahoma comes to town Friday, and Carolina hosts West Virginia on Saturday. Both matches begin at 6:00 p.m.http://chapelboro.com/sports/unc-sports/unc-volleyball-climbs-four-spots-classic-sweep/
The No.30 North Carolina baseball team completed a series victory over Boston College Sunday with a dominating 12-2 win to improve to 18-13 overall and 7-8 in ACC play.
With the loss, the Eagles dropped to 10-20 on the season and 2-13 in conference action.
Freshman pitcher Zac Gallen turned in a solid performance, combining with reliever Reilly Hovis to allow a mere two runs off five hits.
Michael Russell reached base on five occasions and scored three runs while Parks Jordan and Landon Lassiter got in on the offensive explosion with three runs apiece as well.
Next up for the Tar Heels is the opener of a five-game homestand. Carolina will host North Carolina A & T Tuesday at 6 p.m. inside Boshamer Stadium.
Carolina is coming off a victory against UNC-Wilmington Tuesday that snapped a rough six-game losing streak. The Eagles have recorded back-to-back home wins against Connecticut and Massachusetts heading into their meeting with the Tar Heels.
The Diamond Heels are 16-1 all-time against the Eagles. Boston College’s sole victory came in Chestnut Hill in 2009 – Carolina’s last visit to Boston College.
Trent Thornton will get the start at the mound on Friday. Thornton owns a 5-1 mark and 2.02 ERA on the season.
First pitch is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Friday. Saturday’s contest will commence at 1:30 p.m. and Sunday’s finale will begin a 1 p.m.http://chapelboro.com/sports/unc-sports/diamond-heels-head-chestnut-hill-take-eagles/
The No. 18 North Carolina baseball team lost to Winthrop 3-1 Wednesday evening at Boshamer Stadium to fall to 15-9 on the season. With the victory, the Eagles improved to 12-14 on the year.
Once again, the Carolina offense was stymied. UNC’s lone run came in the first inning when the Tar Heels had the bases loaded.
But it was Michael Patrick’s three-run home run in the second that proved to be the deciding play as the Eagles’ pitching staff shut down the UNC lineup. Winthrop pitchers Zach Sightler and Josh Strong turned in strong performances on the mound.
Tar Heel pitcher Luis Paula absorbed the loss for his team after surrendering the long ball out of the park. Despite some solid relief efforts from Spencer Trayner and Reilly Hovis, Carolina went down for the third straight game.
Next up for the Tar Heels is a three-game weekend series with rival Duke over in Durham. Firts pitch of the series is slated for Friday at 6 p.m.http://chapelboro.com/sports/unc-sports/tar-heel-bats-fall-flat-unc-drops-game-winthrop/
The North Carolina baseball team, 15-8 on the season and 5-4 in conference, will look to rebound from its 2-1 ACC series loss to Georgia Tech last weekend when it takes on Winthrop, 11-14 on the year, Wednesday afternoon at 4 p.m. at Boshamer Stadium.
The Tar Heels will need to produce some runs to get past the Eagles in the midweek test. The lineup only mustered a single run in their Saturday night defeat to the Yellow Jackets.
Another rough blow was dealt to Carolina in the form of a blood clot in junior pitcher Chris McCue’s shoulder. McCue underwent successful treatment over the weekend, but will be out indefinitely.
Head Coach Mike Fox says the team will “support him both physically and emotionally during his recovery.”
Before being derailed, McCue was having a stellar season with a conference high seven saves in seven appearances.
First pitch between the Tar Heels and Eagles is set for 4 p.m. Wednesday.http://chapelboro.com/sports/unc-sports/diamond-heels-look-midweek-recovery-versus-winthrop-eagles/
The Chapel Hill High School girls’ basketball team plays Saturday at 5:00 p.m. for the 3A NCHSAA state title.
Chapel Hill defeats Cardinal Gibbons 46-28 for the outright 3A Big Eight regular season title and undefeated regular season
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Chapel Hill defeats Cardinal Gibbons 48-38 for the 3A Big Eight tournament title
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Chapel Hill defeats West Craven 46-44 for the 3A NCHSAA East Regional title
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HILLSBOROUGH – The NCHSAA East Regional’s No. 1 seed Orange proved just why it was given that seeding with an 86-78 defeat of rival and No. 9 seed Eastern Alamance. However, the Eagles never gave up and tested just how long the Panthers could hold on.
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HILLSBOROUGH – J.D. Brooks and Tay Jones were a dynamic duo Friday night, powering the Orange High boys basketball team to an 86-78 defeat of Eastern Alamance in the third round of the 3A NCHSAA state playoffs.
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Brooks scored 21 points and hauled in 12 rebounds, while Jones added 13 points and five steals in an energetic effort as the Panthers advanced to the sectional finals Wednesday night in Fayetteville against No. 5 seed West Brunswick.
As good as Brooks and Keegan Crabtree (22 points before fouling out late) were for the Panthers, Orange coach Greg Motley said Jones keyed the win.
“Tay pushed himself beyond his limits,” Motley said. “He earned the game ball tonight.”
Perhaps that’s because he was so willing to sacrifice his body with a scrappy defensive effort that helped the Panthers hold off an Eagles squad led by Lamont Robinson’s 28 points.
The Mt. St. Mary’s bound guard was terrific as usual in keeping the Eagles in striking distance throughout with an array of baskets. When he fouled out on a reach-in with just more than four minutes left; Eastern Alamance’s chances were seriously damaged, however.
Jones saw to that with a slam dunk and a pair of free throws, while Brooks followed up his own miss at the charity stripe with a slam dunk to make it 80-75 with just less than two minutes remaining.
The Eagles were doomed thanks to some late turnovers and awful shooting behind the arc (4 of 31), while the Panthers were a more efficient 6 of 13.
Orange stormed out to a 16-4 lead midway through the first quarter, though Eastern Alamance closed out the stanza with an 11-5 run to make it 21-15.
Malcolm Summers got the Mebane-area squad within a hoop at 29-27 with a slam dunk in the second quarter. The Panthers quickly roared back to build a double-digit advantage as Crabtree took over offensively.
Brooks and Jones also keyed a third quarter run with consecutive slam dunks as Orange built a 70-55 lead heading into the final eight minutes.
Jones said a raucous home crowd helped Orange throughout the contest.
“I was focused and hyped, it was the crowd,” Jones said. “I also love playing with all my teammates.”
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HILLSBOROUGH – The 3A NCHSAA East Regional No. 1-seeded Orange Panthers held off the No. 16-seeded Chapel Hill Tigers to advance to the 3rd round of the playoffs, 72-63.
The Panthers meet their bitter rivals, the No. 9-seeded Eastern Alamance Eagles, Friday at 7:00 p.m. in Hillsborough.
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CHAPEL HILL–The No. 9 North Carolina women’s basketball team took down Boston College on the road Sunday afternoon 73-56 to improve to 16-3 overall and 4-1 in the ACC.
With the loss, the Eagles dropped to 11-8 on the season and 2-3 in conference. UNC’s Allisha Gray and Xylina McDaniel scored 16 points each to spearhead the Tar Heel offensive attack.
Diamond DeShields added 12 points of her own and Carolina was able to pull away in the second half, leading by as many as 21 points before settling in on the 17-point final margin.
The Tar Heels have managed to emerge victorious in 11 out of their last 12 contests
Kelly Hughes led the way for Boston College with 13 points. The Eagles have now lost three of their last four games.
North Carolina next plays at Wake Forest on Thursday night.http://chapelboro.com/sports/unc-sports/carolina-roll-continues-wbb-beats-bc/