Avery Trendel

Women’s Soccer: Tar Heels Cruise to 3-0 Victory Over Pittsburgh

Playing at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, the fifth-ranked UNC women’s soccer team rolled Thursday night to a 3-0 victory over the Pittsburgh Panthers. Alessia Russo put the Tar Heels (7-2-1, 2-0 ACC) ahead with a goal in the 17th minute, while Bridgette Andrzejewski doubled the lead just over five minutes later. UNC took that 2-0 lead into halftime, before freshman Brianna Pinto added the team’s third–and final–goal of the evening in the 52nd minute. The Tar Heels’ complete domination over the Panthers (4-4-1, 0-2 ACC) was illustrated by their 24 shot attempts in the match compared to only...

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UNC Football Hoping Unexpected Week Off Can Help Reset Team’s Fortunes Heading Into Home Opener vs. Pittsburgh

With the effects of Hurricane Florence still being felt across the state of North Carolina, head coach Larry Fedora and the UNC football team are doing everything they can this week to help with relief efforts while also preparing for their home opener against Pittsburgh this Saturday. Following an 0-2 start to the 2018 season—one in which the Tar Heels’ have struggled mightily in road losses at Cal and East Carolina—the hurricane threw a wrench into the team’s routine last week. Not only did Florence force the cancellation of what was supposed to be UNC’s home opener against No....

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Brooklyn Nets Sign Theo Pinson to Two-Way Contract

Despite going undrafted this past June, it appears former UNC fan favorite Theo Pinson may, indeed, get a shot at the NBA this season anyway. It was reported Wednesday by Michael Scotto of The Athletic that Pinson received a two-way contract from the Brooklyn Nets–which will allow him to spend most of the season with the team’s G-League affiliate, the Long Island Nets, while still able to play a maximum of 45 days with Brooklyn if necessary. Players given the two-way designation earn a minimum of $77,250 per year, with the opportunity to make $385,000 depending on how much...

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UNC Hires Former Linebacker Dwight Hollier as Senior Associate Athletic Director for Student-Athlete Health, Well-Being and Program Outreach

A former All-ACC linebacker at UNC before being drafted into the NFL in 1992, Dwight Hollier is now returning to Chapel Hill in a new role–as he was hired Wednesday as the school’s Senior Associate Athletic Director for Student-Athlete Health, Well-Being and Program Outreach. Hollier, who played nine seasons in the NFL as a member of the Miami Dolphins and Indianapolis Colts, is now tasked with running the Strength and Conditioning, Sports Medicine and Nutrition, and Student-Athlete Development units within the UNC Department of Athletics. Prior to taking this job, Hollier was working as Vice President of Wellness and Clinical Services for...

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Women’s Soccer: Julia Ashley Nominated for Senior CLASS Award

Thirty NCAA Division I women’s soccer players were nominated Wednesday for the Senior CLASS Award, including UNC defender Julia Ashley. The award recognizes the top senior player in the nation that excels in four specific areas: community, classroom, character and competition. It also focuses on the total student-athlete—and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.  Ashley has been one of the Tar Heels’ best players so far in 2018, tallying two goals and two assists in nine games while also leading the team’s defense as well. UNC is 6-2-1 this...

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Roy Williams Hosting 14th Annual Fastbreak vs. Cancer Breakfast on Sept. 25

This year’s 14th annual Fastbreak vs. Cancer Breakfast hosted by UNC head men’s basketball coach Roy Williams will be held at the Dean E. Smith Center on Tuesday Sept. 25. Over the years, this event has raised more than $2.5 million for cancer research at the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center. Registration for the breakfast begins at 7:30 a.m. on Sept. 25, with the breakfast starting at 8 a.m. Former UNC football coach Mack Brown–a member of the College Football Hall of Fame Class of 2018–will be the keynote speaker. All proceeds of the $100 tickets needed to attend the...

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Men’s Soccer: Alex Comsia Chosen as Candidate for Senior CLASS Award

UNC senior defender Alex Comsia was chosen Wednesday as one of 60 NCAA men’s and women’s soccer players named as candidates for the 2018 Senior CLASS Award–which recognizes excellence both on and off the field. Student-athletes must be a senior at an NCAA Division I institution and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence–community, classroom, character and competition–in order to be eligible for the honor. The “CLASS” portion of the Senior CLASS Award is an acronym which stands for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School. Comsia has been a starter on defense each year he has...

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UNC Volleyball Sweeps Elon in Final Regular Season Non-Conference Match

Playing its final non-conference match of the 2018 regular season on Tuesday evening, the UNC volleyball team pulled out a clean 3-0 sweep on the road over the Elon Phoenix (25-20, 25-18, 25-18). Destiny Cox led the Tar Heels (4-5) with 10 kills in the match, while Ava Bell was next on the list with six kills of her own. Hunter Atherton took on most of the playmaking load, by setting up 22 of UNC’s 33 total kills in the match. After falling behind in the first set, the Tar Heels rallied to tie things up at 11-11 before...

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Marielle VanGelder Named UNC’s Senior Woman Administrator

UNC announced Tuesday that it has named Marielle VanGelder–currently an associate director of athletics–as its new Senior Woman Administrator. VanGelder has led the school’s compliance department since 2013–helping to develop policies and procedures, implementing rules education initiatives, supervising all monitoring and auditing systems, and playing a role in the administration of UNC’s grant-in-aid program. Prior to her time at UNC, she served in compliance for 10 years at UCONN. “I am grateful to [UNC director of athletics] Bubba Cunningham for the opportunity to serve Carolina’s student-athletes, coaches and staff in this new role,” VanGelder said. “I look forward to representing UNC as...

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UNC Releases 2018-19 Women’s Basketball Schedule

As the UNC women’s basketball team prepares to try and make its first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2015, its schedule for the upcoming 2018-19 regular season was released on Tuesday. The Tar Heels will take on 13 teams that qualified for last year’s tournament, with five of those squads coming from outside the ACC. A trip to Elon on Nov. 6 represents UNC’s season opener–the team’s first time opening on the road since 2000. From there, the Tar Heels will return to Carmichael Arena to face Kent State (Nov. 9) and VCU (Nov. 14) before another road game at...

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