<![CDATA[The Daily Tar Heel]]> Sun, 27 Nov 2022 13:28:36 -0500 Sun, 27 Nov 2022 13:28:36 -0500 SNworks CEO 2022 The Daily Tar Heel <![CDATA[Preview: Keys to No. 8 UNC women's basketball's matchup against No. 5 Iowa State]]> After picking up its first ranked win of the year against No. 18 Oregon on Thursday, No. 8 UNC women's basketball is prepping for its most significant test of the season: a top-10 bout against No. 5 Iowa State.

If the Tar Heels hope to win the Phil Knight Invitational Championship and remain undefeated, they will have to play with a greater sense of urgency, push the pace and prepare for the star power of Ashley Joens and Stephanie Soares.

Push the pace

While UNC head coach Courtney Banghart has made it clear that it's early in the season, and her team hasn't got it all figured out yet. But they are sure about one thing - "generating turnovers is a key part of our identity."

Against a team like Iowa State, UNC is somewhat undersized. This is especially clear in the low post, considering the 6-foot-6 frame of Soares.

To combat this, UNC will have to rely on its speed.

The Tar Heels did just that against Oregon on Thursday, earning 14 points off of fast breaks. This was largely due to UNC's defensive prowess, as North Carolina forced 18 turnovers that resulted in 17 points for the Tar Heels.

"When we put pressure on the defense before they get set, it allows everybody to shine," Banghart said.

Prepare for Ashley Joens and Stephanie Soares

Joens, a two-time winner of the Cheryl Miller Award, is someone Banghart described on Saturday as a "top first-round draft pick for sure."

"(We're) dealing with her and her ability to stretch the floor," Banghart said. "She's incredibly physical in the low post. She's a really dynamic, true 3-level scorer and dangerous all over the floor."

Possibly the most threatening part of Joens' game is her passing ability and movement off of the ball. In addition to averaging 22 points a game, Joens can draw attention to herself and dish the ball to her teammates - at a rate of about three assists per game.

One of those teammates who is sure to pose an additional threat to UNC is Soares. The senior put up a monster 23 points, 11 rebounds and 6 blocks against Michigan State on Thursday.

Banghart is confident in her team. On Saturday, she said the Tar Heels are used to being undersized in the low post.

"With what we've got, we feel really good about our speed and our toughness," Banghart said. "And we're gonna need it because she's (Soares) one of the best post players we'll see all year."

Play with a sense of urgency

In a testament to the Tar Heels' grit, UNC led for less than six minutes in its ultimate 85-79 win over Oregon. In the Tar Heels' past two games, they've overcome halftime deficits, which is the first time UNC has done so in back-to-back games under Banghart.

When asked on Thursday what she learned about her team after narrowly prevailing over Oregon, Banghart pointed to North Carolina's stagnant start to the game.

"We didn't come out with the sense of urgency that I think they really have to understand that their success and their ranking warrants," she said on Thursday.

The Ducks got out to a quick 7-0 lead thanks to their rebounding and early defensive pressure from Endyia Rogers. Against a Cyclone team that ranks top-15 in the nation in scoring offense, the Tar Heels can't afford to come out flat again.

"We're still figuring out what our emphasis needs to be early in the game versus how we adjust throughout the game," Banghart said. "It's something we're aware of. It's something we're trying to fix and just be attentive to. But as long as at the end of the 40-minute game we're winning, I'm alright."


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<![CDATA['It's a struggle': CHCCS teachers choose between expensive housing or long commutes]]> Although Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools is one of the highest-paying school districts in North Carolina, teachers are increasingly unable to afford housing in the district.

Kelly Fox, a 6th grade social studies teacher, commuted from Greensboro to her job at Guy B. Phillips Middle School in Chapel Hill for three years before moving to Carrboro.

While she lived in Greensboro, Fox paid tuition to be able to send her two children to CHCCS schools.

"I had to pay tuition at that time, and gas and all of that stuff, so I figured I could find an area where we could move," she said.

CHCCS previously required that employees who lived outside of Orange County and chose to send their children to district schools pay $1,000 for the first child and $500 for each additional child. The tuition policy was temporarily waived for the 2021-2022 school year, and then permanently ended in March 2022.

"The years that I paid for tuition were difficult, so there was an incentive for me to move here," Fox said.

After searching for housing in both Chapel Hill and Carrboro, Fox and her children moved to an apartment in Carrboro within district limits.

"As a single mom and a teacher in Chapel Hill, it's a struggle," Fox said. "I work a full-time job and I have to work a part-time job throughout the school year to even afford my rent."

Fox said although she makes more money working in CHCCS than she has made working in other N.C. school systems, she wishes the district would do more to connect teachers with housing.

"They give us bonuses, they just don't give us the opportunity to live in the area," Fox said.

CHCCS pays teachers a supplement to their base salary and additionally pays teachers local supplements based on years of experience.

"We need to recognize that being competitive in the marketplace is incredibly important," Andy Jenks, chief communications officer for CHCCS, said.

Aside from the local supplements that CHCCS provides, the district is also providing incentives for new hires such as sign-on bonuses and waived rental deposit fees to increase teacher retention.

"We'd like to not only make it an attractive place for folks to consider but a place that they can stay, and being able to afford to live in Chapel Hill is one component of that," Jenks said.

The local supplements and hiring incentives that CHCCS is providing teachers aim to promote both retention of current teachers and attracting new teachers to the district.

"The school system has been really faithful to their employees, you know, they've bumped up our pay and all of these incentives," Jennifer Danilowicz, an instructional coach at Phillips Middle School, said.

Danilowicz, who has worked for the district since 2004, moved to Mebane after renting multiple properties in Chapel Hill. Now, her commute is 35 to 40 minutes.

"I could have afforded a 1,200 square-foot home in Chapel Hill, and out here I was easily able to afford a 1,600 square-foot home with a garage," she said.

When Danilowicz moved to Mebane, she decided to send her two children to the Alamance-Burlington School System due to the old out-of-district tuition policy.

Her commute and familial responsibilities make it difficult for her to stay after school and be involved in the Phillips community.

"That's definitely something that has been hard for me because when you're a teacher you want to support your students, but as a parent, you need to support your kids," she said.

While Danilowicz is content with her home in Mebane, she thinks the district could advertise housing options like the Community Home Trust to new employees looking to live in the district.

CHT is a nonprofit organization in Chapel Hill that provides permanently affordable housing to individuals making less than 60 percent of the Area Median Income, which includes CHCCS teachers.

"When you purchase a home from CHT, you sign an agreement so that when you sell your home, when you're moving somewhere else, you sell that home back to us so that we can sell it again at an affordable price," Daniele Berman, marketing and communications manager for CHT, said.

Once homes are bought by the CHT, they are never sold back to the private sector. CHT currently owns 320 homes across Chapel Hill, Berman said.

She also said about 50 percent of CHT homeowners work in the public sector in Chapel Hill.

The organization reaches out to CHCCS employees, the UNC health care system and other public servants.

"It's really important to us that people who serve the community in Chapel Hill can afford to live here, and right now that's really not the case," she said, "Teachers can't afford to purchase a home in the private market in Chapel Hill.


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<![CDATA[NCDHHS introduces early learning resources for Family Engagement Month ]]> In honor of Family Engagement Month this November, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services has announced new early learning resources for families with infants and young children.

Rootle Readiness, a partnership between the NCDHHS and PBS North Carolina, provides educational resources that help families understand the significance of early childhood education.

Rootle Readiness also helps connect families with quality childcare programs and early childhood educators.

The NCDHHS was issued the "Preschool Development Grant Birth through Five" grant by the federal government, which prompted the collaboration between the NCDHHS and PBS NC.

"It is a 24/7 resource, so people can access it as they have time, and it's just an amazing way for us to reach over 3.8 million homes," Ariel Ford, the director of the Division of Child Development and Early Education for the NCDHHS, said.

The Rootle Readiness resources include the N.C. Child Care Resource and Referral Council, the N.C. Infant-Toddler Program, Zero to Three, the National Association for the Education of Young Children and Smart Start, among others.

Early childhood education is important, Ford said.

Most of the brain's physical development occurs during the first five years of life, setting the stage for a child's future success.

Ford said quality early childhood education is a critical way for children to be supported in becoming productive and engaged citizens.

Parents play a significant role in childhood development and early education because they are their child's first teachers, engaging with children from birth.

According to Packer, they also contribute greatly to shaping their child's learning environment.

Despite early childhood education being integral to a child's healthy development, not all children have access to early education resources.

Jade Packer, the director of Children's Media and Education Engagement, said the inaccessibility of educational opportunities for some children can be attributed to cost or transportation barriers and other factors.

Kristi Snuggs, the president of the Child Care Services Association, said parents of low-income families often don't get the opportunity to spend time with their children, due to their jobs.

Additionally, they may not have the resources to provide children with the same instructional materials and practices that a family with a higher income could afford.

To account for early education disparities, PBS NC offers Rootle Readiness resources free of cost to families and over the air.

"Their goal is to reach out to all 100 counties - to make sure that families know about the resources that are there for them, no matter where they live," LouMecia Staton, community relations manager for Prevent Child Abuse NC and an inaugural Rootle Ambassador, said.

English and Spanish closed captions are also provided over the air to help reach the Spanish-speaking population in the state.

The Child Care and Subsidy Program, managed by the NCDHHS, is a Rootle Readiness resource that uses state and federal funds to subsidize childcare services to low-income families.

"It's important to meet people exactly where they are," Packer said.

Packer said PBS NC wants to make sure that families are aware of the resources available to them, and hopes to receive positive feedback from families about the Rootle Readiness resources.

"It's so important for kids to have an early start and we're able to get that start in place by providing them with those high-quality early childhood educational resources and opportunities," Packer said.

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<![CDATA[UNC All-American swimmer Grace Countie off to hot start in final season]]> Fifth-year senior Grace Countie's decision to return to UNC for another year ultimately came down to discovering what else her body could do after continuous high-level performance.

After earning All-America honors in each of her previous years at North Carolina, Countie was left wondering what her peak would look like after already accomplishing so much.

"I feel like each year I'm here, I somehow progress in my training or my strength and I wanted to see what else I could accomplish this year," Countie said.

When the pandemic cut her sophomore season short, Countie knew she had to take advantage of the extra year of eligibility that was offered from the NCAA. Leaving the NCAA Championship with an unexpected personal-best last season further solidified her decision to return to the pool for the fifth straight year, where she has already found success.

Countie holds the UNC record in the 400-yard freestyle relay with a 3:13.15 time at the Georgia Tech Invitational her sophomore season. In her junior season, Countie earned the second-best times in school history for the 50-meter freestyle and the 100-meter freestyle at the national championship meet.

In Countie's senior year, she was the anchor leg on the UNC record-setting 400-yard medley relay. Just last month, she earned ACC Swimmer of the Week after the season-opener.

Despite this long list of accolades, Countie's still hungry for more.

"I feel like after last year, and after my championship season performance, I thought that I had more to offer," she said.

Sophie Lindner, also a member of the UNC record 400-yard freestyle relay, is also returning for her fifth year as a graduate student at the Kenan-Flagler Business School.

Countie and Lindner met at the 2016 Olympic trials before committing to UNC. The pair became close in their second year and have helped each other improve as swimmers.

When Countie made her decision to return for her fifth year, she was adamant about convincing Lindner to join her for another season.

"I wouldn't be able to do it without her because she's such a tough individual," Countie said. "I'm excited to have her with me during this last leg of our grand tour."

The enthusiastic personality that Countie supplies has helped Lindner relax and enjoy the fun parts of swimming. When Countie finds an opportunity to make one of teammates laugh, she takes it.

Lindner recalled a moment when Countie helped ease her mind at the 2022 NCAA Championship, allowing her to break into the consolation final of the 100-yard backstroke event.

"She (is) always instilling confidence in me," Lindner said of the moment. "I'm like 'I got this, I'm good.'"

The two record breakers' passion for the sport and the positive team atmosphere drove them to return simply because they aren't done setting their names in stone.

UNC head coach Mark Gangloff called Countie and Lindner the "top leaders of the program in the last three years" and said "it's exciting to have them back another year after all their hard work."

"I'm really glad that they're able to kind of go on this journey together," he said. "They really complement one another when we're training and in competition."

Gangloff said he believed this season will be their best one yet, since Countie and Lindner look better than they have in previous seasons.

On the last leg of her UNC swimming tour, Countie plans to enjoy her fifth year by making memories, breaking more records and continuing to be a source of encouragement to her teammates.

"Being a source of goodness in people's lives and making other people happy," Countie said. "That's really what I want to do."

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<![CDATA[SWAG to hear community input, plans to eliminate solid waste in Orange County in by 2045]]> The Orange County Solid Waste Advisory Group (SWAG) is currently holding public meetings to hear feedback on its services and develop its Solid Waste Master Plan, through which the county intends to eliminate solid waste by 2045.

Meetings started mid-November and will continue through the start of December. They are offered in both in-person and online formats.

Currently, the waste management advisory council is still developing the action items of the plan. The council values civilian input as they continue to shape their initiative.

"Our goal is really to get a good broad-based input from the community." Cheryl Young, research and data manager for the Orange County Solid Waste Management department, said.

The solid waste management team is currently inviting citizens of Orange County to fill out a survey to help them gauge community involvement in proper waste disposal. It will be open to the public until Dec. 5 and will also be available in Spanish, Mandarin and Burmese.

Young highlighted that people should take the survey to tell the department what they want, where they think it's at with its work and what it should be striving towards.

Surveys and meetings will help the department account for the social, financial and environmental factors that impact the execution of the master plan.

The county will focus efforts around minimizing overconsumption and maximizing the reuse and reintegration of recyclable materials countywide.

"So you know, there's a flip side: one is pulling everything out of waste, but the other is demonstrating all the very proactive aspects of looking at materials. And I say that because if you think of repurposing, you don't think of it as waste," Randee Haven-O'Donnell, Carrboro Town Council member and member of SWAG, said

Young explained that the Zero Waste initiative started over a year ago when the concept was brought before the advisory council, which consists of county commissioners and Town Council representatives from Chapel Hill, Carrboro and Hillsborough.

The first step of the council was to start solidifying a set of goals, she said.

"Those goals included the goal for zero waste by 2045 with zero waste being identified as nothing or as close to nothing as it can be," Young said. "You're never gonna get rid of old waste. But if there's something else that can be done with it, let's look and see if we can do that with the material."

Young said the plan also has a number of action items with consideration to the University, surrounding municipalities and underrepresented and marginalized communities. Both the University and UNC Hospitals have representatives on the advisory council, she said.

If citizens missed the forums held at public farmer's markets throughout the county or the first public meeting held on Zoom, they still have the opportunity to attend two public meetings on Dec. 5. The first will be held at 10 a.m. at the Bonnie B. Davis Environment & Agricultural Center, and again at 7 p.m. at the Carrboro Town Hall.

The meeting at the Town Hall will have Burmese and Spanish translators present.

Updates to the master plan will be posted online, via social media and through the Solid Waste and Recycling E-News.

Young and the advisory council urged the community to give their opinions as they will go on to contribute towards zero solid waste by 2045.

"My personal goal for myself (is) reducing my own waste," Caroline Hausler, recycling education and outreach coordinator with Orange County Solid Waste, said. "I think that we live in a special area where people feel that way, as well."

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<![CDATA[Hillsborough residents reflect on 30-year anniversary of deadly tornado]]> Thirty years ago, Hillborough resident Faylor Riley was sleeping in her home with her husband when a tornado touched down.

The tornado tore the roof off her home, and she lived in a motel until the house was rebuilt.

"So, at that point, I really could hear people crying and screaming, on my street and the street behind me, just all around," Riley said. "So I'm thinking in my mind, if I could just get to my mom and dad's house, you know, maybe everything will be okay."

On Nov. 24, 1992, the tornado killed two people - Josh Hall, 2, and Joe Terrell, 53 - in Hillsborough. The storm also hospitalized 10 people and damaged more than 100 homes.

Margaret Hauth, the assistant town manager of Hillsborough, was the planning director in 1992 when the tornado took place.

She said she felt like she was in a warzone when she entered the town on Nov. 24. Because of the storm's impact on Hillsborough and the news coverage and publicity it brought to the town, other communities were aware of the situation, she said.

"But I feel like the tornado created an opportunity for the community to come together and for the community to interact more robustly with the government," Hauth said.

At large, the town successfully recovered from the effects of the storm due to the emergency response in addition to residents helping each other, Riley said.

She also said she thinks Hillsborough was not prepared for the tornado but will be in the future.

"I don't leave home, but I try to stay protected here," Riley said. "So that's what I do all the time. I have a little kit. I keep it packed as well, in case something does happen. And hopefully, I can grab that kit and be safe."

According to Lee Ringer, a meteorologist for Spectrum 1, 28 percent of North Carolina's tornadoes occur at night, but 81 percent of tornado deaths in the state occur at night because people often don't have a way to receive a warning at that time.

Orange County Emergency Services Director Kirby Saunders said much of the Town's warning and alert technology has changed since the 1992 tornado.

Saunders said the department emphasizes both individual and whole community preparedness strategies and response approaches.

"It's really the whole community's efforts and responsibility, even at the very basic level of it's our responsibility and individual for whatever community we live in to be prepared," Saunders said. "We take we can take it a step further, and so if we're prepared, then this is how we can help others."

The Community Emergency Response Team is an integral part of communities for parents, Saunders said.

Saunders said the department is focusing on equity by leveraging community leaders and communities of color to help navigate and use networks for services like vaccines, health and education. However, the department still needs to improve in this area, he said.

"The reality of the matter is this is a whole community approach," he said. "No one organization or entity or group can solve the problem. It takes a collective for us to address this."

He said when opportunities arise, the department always encourages residents to get involved and become a part of the community in order to help resolve issues and reach a new level of preparedness and resiliency.

"Only thing we have is just memories," Riley said. "You know, we stroll down memory lane, occasionally."


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<![CDATA[UNC women's soccer knocks off top-seeded Notre Dame, 2-0, advances to the College Cup]]> The North Carolina women's soccer team (19-4-1, 8-2 ACC) defeated top-seeded Notre Dame (17-3-3, 7-2-1 ACC) in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Championship on Saturday night.

What happened?

The two ACC opponents spent the first 14 minutes of the match feeling each other out. Redshirt first-year forward Ally Sentnor struck first with a shot near the penalty arc that was sent just high of the cross bar. UNC earned two corner kicks in the ensuing action, but neither resulted in a shot on goal.

In the 22nd minute, central defensive midfielder Libby Moore took another deep shot that ricocheted off the crossbar. Sentnor found the rebound several yards out and headed it into the goal for the first crucial score of the game.

The Fighting Irish tried to respond with a counter, but UNC redshirt first-year goalkeeper Emmie Allen saved a header from senior midfielder Maddie Mercado. Notre Dame had another chance at the equalizer in the 31st minute when a missed pass in the UNC backfield gave Olivia Wingate a free look at the goal, but Allen saved the shot over the crossbar.

UNC had a few more chances towards the end of the half, namely two corner kicks in the 42nd and 45th minutes, but the Tar Heels couldn't come away with a second goal. The two teams went into the break with North Carolina leading, 1-0.

The Tar Heels didn't waste any time in the second half, as junior midfielder Talia DellaPeruta took a shot with her right foot from the top of the 18-yard box that nestled itself into the top of the goal in the 47th minute.

After some sporadic shots over the subsequent 15 minutes, Notre Dame earned some chances with two back-to-back corner kicks. The first resulted in a long shot from senior midfielder Korbin Albert that was high, and the second was cleared out with few issues.

Two more corner kicks in the 65th and 79th minutes gave Notre Dame perhaps its best looks yet, but the first was cleared out by UNC senior defender Tori Hansen and the second resulted in a shot by Mercado that was booted over the top.

Who stood out?

Sentnor continued her dominant tournament run, with her fifth goal in four tournament games. DellaPeruta has also had an impressive postseason showing since returning to the starting lineup, scoring her third goal of the tournament.

The entire UNC midfield, even without injured star Sam Meza, did a solid job of maintaining possession and containing Notre Dame's most dangerous weapons. Korbin Albert, ACC Midfielder of the Year and Notre Dame's leading scorer, was held to just one shot on goal.

When was it decided?

It seemed as if Notre Dame earned a penalty kick in the 84th minute after a whistle was blown inside the 18-yard box, but the referee signaled a corner kick that was unfruitful yet again. The Fighting Irish had several more looks in the waning minutes, but UNC fended off their attack to secure the victory.

Why does it matter?

UNC and Notre Dame did not meet in the regular season, but the Tar Heels finished ahead of the Fighting Irish in the conference standings and made it further in the ACC Tournament. Being the one- and two-seeds in their quadrant, this was a highly anticipated matchup for both teams.

After last season's disappointment, in which UNC lost in the first round of the tournament for the first time in program history, the Tar Heels return to the College Cup with an opportunity to win their first national title since 2012.

When do they play next?

The Tar Heels will play the winner of 1-seed Florida State and 3-seed Arkansas in the College Cup in Cary, N.C. on Dec. 2.


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UNC redshirt first-year Ally Sentnor (21) protects the ball during the women's soccer game against Georgia on Thursday, Nov. 17, 2022, at Dorrance Field. UNC beat Georgia 3-1.

<![CDATA[UNC volleyball sweeps Virginia in regular season finale, awaits postseason fate]]> The North Carolina volleyball team (17-12, 9-9 ACC) defeated Virginia (12-17, 4-14 ACC), 3-0, on senior night and in the Tar Heels' regular-season finale.

What happened?

Propelled by three kills on three attempts from sophomore outside hitter Mabrey Shaffmaster, UNC capitalized on several Virginia errors and jumped out to a 10-3 lead early in the first set. The Tar Heels' strong start prompted the Cavaliers to call a timeout, but UNC kept its foot on the gas after the break, stretching their lead to 17-6 before forcing another Virginia timeout. Shaffmaster continued to drive the Tar Heels to victory late in the first set, recording two kills after the Cavaliers' second timeout en route to a dominant 25-15 victory.

UNC started strong again in the second set, taking an early 9-2 lead that forced a Virginia timeout. The Tar Heels went on a scoring drought after the timeout that allowed the Cavaliers to score four unanswered points to trim UNC's advantage to 9-6. The Tar Heels answered Virginia's run with one of their own, as senior middle hitter Skyy Howard led a 6-2 run with two kills to extend UNC's lead to 15-8. The Tar Heels and Cavaliers traded scores late in the set, but UNC closed out the set with a 5-2 run that gave them a 25-16 second-set win.

It took the Tar Heels until later in the set to separate themselves from Virginia than in the first two sets, as UNC didn't take more than a three-point advantage until a Cavaliers' error put them ahead 12-8. UNC mostly maintained its lead and took an 18-15 lead late in the set, forcing a Virginia timeout. The Tar Heels scored two unanswered points after the timeout, which was part of a 5-0 run that put them ahead 21-15. Virginia drew to within three of UNC's lead, but the six-point deficit was too much for the Cavaliers to overcome, and the Tar Heels clinched the 25-20 third-set victory.

Who stood out?

Howard made the most of her senior night, recording seven kills with a 28.6 hit percentage, two digs and two blocks. Shaffmaster also had a strong performance, tallying a game-high 12 kills, four digs and three blocks.

When was it decided?

Despite taking a 2-0 match lead, the Cavaliers were well within striking distance of forcing a fourth set in the third set, as Virginia trailed 16-15 just over midway through the set. But a 5-0 run late in the third set that put UNC ahead 21-15 appeared to be the run the Tar Heels needed to seal the victory.

Why does it matter?

Outside of winning on senior night and possibly the team's last game of the season, beating Virginia is significant for any chances the Tar Heels have of playing in the postseason and for their standing in the ACC.

Before UNC's match with the Cavaliers, the middle of the ACC standings had five teams with between seven and eight conference wins, including UNC. The Tar Heels' win against Virginia will go a long way in ensuring that UNC doesn't take a substantial last-second slide in the conference standings.

The win also bolsters the team's chances of making the postseason, as the Tar Heels are certainly on the brink of making the tournament with a 9-9 record in the ACC and a 17-12 record overall.

When do they play next?

The Tar Heels await the results of the NCAA Tournament selection process to determine if their matchup with the Cavaliers was their last of the season or if they'll play in the postseason.

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UNC senior middle hitter Skyy Howard (8) wins a point off of a hit in the second set of the volleyball match against Louisville on Sunday, Nov. 13, 2022. UNC fell 3-0 to Louisville.

<![CDATA[Drake Maye, UNC football rattled again at home in rivalry game against N.C. State]]> In September, Drake Maye delivered a memorable line that the North Carolina State faithful have not forgotten.

"Whether you want to admit it or not, growing up in Carolina, you're gonna be a Carolina fan," the redshirt first-year quarterback told reporters. "Some people may say (N.C.) State, but really people who go to State just can't get into Carolina."

It was typical rivalry banter. Later that day, Maye issued an apology on Twitter, clarifying that it was a joke, albeit "inappropriate".

The North Carolina football team fell to N.C. State in double overtime, 30-27, in its final home game of the season. If Friday evening was any indication, the Wolfpack was determined to do two things: first, outplay UNC on both sides of the ball. Then, talk.

N.C. State's defense badgered Maye into his second-worst statistical performance of the year.

The signal caller passed for just 233 yards on a season-high 49 attempts and was hurried for a season-high 11 times. Part of Maye's struggles was due to the Wolfpack electing to send only three pass rushers on most snaps, deploying the remaining eight defenders into pass coverage.

Recognizing that UNC's ground game has consistently been a lesser threat this season, N.C. State's suffocating secondary negated separation opportunities for North Carolina's receiving corps.

Maye attempted 14 passes to his favorite target, Josh Downs. But the junior wideout finished with just six catches and 51 yards. Similarly, sophomore wide receiver J.J. Jones only managed three receptions on nine targets.

"When you drop eight guys and got four receivers, I mean, y'all can do the math," Maye said. "They got double the amount we got."

Maye's biggest mishap came with 4:55 left in regulation. With the game tied at 17-17, he sensed pressure and darted forward, attempting a short throw to graduate tight end Kamari Morales. Defensive tackle Davin Vann's outstretched hand bobbled the pass, and the ball landed in the hands of defensive back Tanner Ingle for a crucial interception.

"It's always good to come over here and beat the blue people," Ingle said. "We don't like them at all."

Then, fourth-string quarterback Ben Finley took the field.

This year, against North Carolina's permeable defense, it hasn't seemed to matter how experienced the quarterback under center is. Finley was no exception, as he slung a pass to redshirt junior wideout Devin Carter for a 26-yard touchdown and gave the Wolfpack a massive late-game momentum swing.

The former scout-team quarterback netted 271 passing yards and two touchdowns in his first career start. After the win, the visibly exhilarated Finley couldn't even recount his postgame antics with certainty.

"I don't even really remember... I think I grabbed the N.C. State flag and planted it on the field or something," he said with a grin. "As I should have."

For the second year in a row, the Tar Heels narrowly lost to the Wolfpack. And, for the second consecutive week, they lost in Kenan Stadium to a backup quarterback.

After the game, Maye didn't try to hide his disappointment. When asked if he had a message to N.C. State players and fans, Maye's words were few, giving a brief congratulations.

Though physically present, his mind seemed elsewhere - perhaps already looking to Saturday, where the team will face arguably its biggest test of the season in the ACC Championship.

"We'll put it behind us, learn from it, and we got a big one next week against Clemson," Maye said.


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<![CDATA[Column: UNC football's loss against N.C. State reinforces a harsh reality]]> For the first time in Mack Brown's second stint at North Carolina, the hype generated throughout the year appeared to be earned.

The Tar Heels entered this season unranked. After falling to Notre Dame in late September, the Tar Heels ripped off six consecutive wins en route to clinching the ACC Coastal Division.

Redshirt first-year Drake Maye sat close to, or atop, nearly every statistical category among D-I quarterbacks, turning the possibility of winning the Heisman Trophy from a dream to a reality.

But after North Carolina dropped its second straight game to a backup quarterback - this time at the hands of rival N.C. State in the Tar Heels' 30-27 double overtime loss - a glaring issue has resurfaced in Chapel Hill.

This year's team, and maybe even the program, isn't ready to handle the spotlight.

Throughout the course of the Tar Heels' regular-season finale, North Carolina found itself in the same action-packed battle the team has become accustomed to.

Maye displayed his late-game heroics once again, as the young signal caller found senior wide receiver Antoine Green in the back of the end zone on the final play of regulation. But after forcing overtime - and then another overtime - sophomore kicker Noah Burnette's 35-yard attempt hooked left, letting N.C. State sneak away from Kenan Stadium with a three-point win.

"We've come down to a play or two in every game," Brown said. "We made (the play) in all the others - except Notre Dame, they whooped us good. Every other game has come down to the last play. We made the plays before and haven't made the plays the last two weeks."

However, Friday night's loss was not solely decided by the game's final play.

Maye's across-the-body throws sailed wide of his intended targets numerous times. North Carolina's offensive line struggled with exotic blitz packages that featured a range of delayed rushes by the Wolfpack and surrendered a season-high 11 quarterback hurries. UNC's defense allowed a quarterback who had spent most of this year on N.C. State's scout team to throw for 271 yards and two touchdowns in his first career start.

Needless to say, there were many reasons for frustration in UNC's locker room following the loss.

"Some people might be mad for different reasons," junior linebacker Cedric Gray said. "Some people might be mad because they didn't make a play they thought they could've made. People are mad for different reasons, but at the end of the day everybody's mad because we lost."

The intense matchup featured a riled-up crowd that hollered its way throughout the entirety of the bitter contest. According to Maye, playing in featured games in front of sold-out crowds was one of the reasons he decided to come to North Carolina.

Yet after a dismal performance from Maye - one that saw him complete just 59 percent of his passes and throw a costly interception - the heightened stakes made the defeat sting even more.

"(It's) just defeat," Maye said. "All that work you put in throughout the week, through the year are for games like this. And (we) came up short."

After dropping two straight games at home, UNC will have to switch gears quickly when it takes on Clemson for the ACC Championship on Saturday in Charlotte.

According to Gray, getting back on track isn't as hard for the Tar Heels as it may seem.

"My motor never stops," he said. "I'm sad right now but tomorrow I'm looking forward and I'm looking ahead. I'm trying to get my guys motivated because we have a big, big opportunity next week."

Although Gray wasn't the only Tar Heel who described next week's ACC Championship as a dream-like contest, Friday night's loss against N.C. State reinforced the harsh reality for North Carolina.

When the spotlight flips on, the Tar Heels tend to shut down.


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<![CDATA[Iowa State's Caleb Grill cooks Tar Heels' defense in UNC's first loss of the season]]> For much of Friday night, it was a battle of the Calebs.

After trading shots to open the game, UNC junior guard Caleb Love gathered a tip-out with just under seven minutes remaining in the first half. He put the ball on the floor and immediately sized up Iowa State's Caleb Grill.

Crossing over to his right, Love drove to the rim, stopped just before reaching the paint, and banked in a floater over Grill. Love turned and ran down the court, but not before reaching his hand down to motion that Grill was too small.

He might've celebrated a bit too soon.

In UNC's matchup against Iowa State in the Phil Knight Invitational semifinal, Grill recorded a career-high 31 points off of seven three-pointers. His explosive performance - coupled with three late turnovers by senior forward Armando Bacot - clinched a 70-65 win for the Cyclones and handed the top-ranked Tar Heels their first loss of the season.

"(Grill) is somebody percentage-wise, (who) wasn't shooting the ball well coming into the game," UNC head coach Hubert Davis said. "But it really doesn't matter - he was feeling it today."

It wasn't just Grill's volume that proved deadly - it was the opportune timing in which the senior decided to strike.

Down by seven points with under four minutes to go, Grill went to work. With a three-pointer in the corner, over the outstretched arms of Love, he brought the Cyclones within four points.

"For Iowa State to come back, they needed to make plays and they did," Davis said. "Caleb Grill's three, he was hot the entire game."

Following a dunk from Iowa State's senior forward Robert Jones and a UNC turnover, Grill found himself open again.

Despite a late, leaping close-out attempt by Love, Grill was able to tie the game at 61 points apiece on a near 28-foot bomb.

As the ball went through the net - marking the Wichita, Kan., native's seventh three-pointer of the night - Grill landed and held his staggered stance emphatically before turning in Love's direction.

"He hit a lot of crazy shots," Love said. "A lot of shots that were over our hands and a lot of deep ones. It was tough (to defend) obviously because he was hitting a lot of tough shots."

One of Grill's toughest shots of the night came soon after he tied the game.

With a turnover by Bacot at the other end of the floor, the Cyclones quickly regained possession.

After faking a hand-off to senior guard Gabe Kalscheur on the perimeter, Jones passed the ball to Grill and set a high screen. Unable to fight around it in time, Love found himself lagging behind as Grill launched another shot in his face - this time to take the lead, 63-61.

"They just made more plays than us down the stretch," Bacot said. "The guards made a lot of tough shots, we turned the ball over a few times. I don't know, it just kind of slipped out of our hands."

While it was hard to predict a performance of this caliber from a player who put up just five points in his previous outing, Grill's success on Friday in the Cyclone's set pieces should come as no surprise against the Tar Heels. Grill's lights-out performance was largely due to the senior's ability to shoot off a variety of screens and dribble hand-offs - something UNC has struggled to defend in the early stages of the season.

Love addressed these deficiencies on Thursday after giving up 12 three-pointers to Portland. On Friday, Love was forced to discuss the same topic once again - but this time, following a tough defeat.

"(Grill) played out of his mind," Love said. "Credit to him. We definitely have to be better on the defensive end, all around."


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<![CDATA[Late-game implosion dooms UNC men's basketball against Iowa State, 70-65]]> The North Carolina men's basketball team lost to the Iowa State Cyclones, 70-65, in the semifinals of the Phil Knight Invitational tournament on Friday.

What happened?

Caleb Grill made Caleb Love bite on a shot fake from outside the arc, then the Iowa State senior guard drained the open three for the first points of the game. Love responded with a baseline jumper down the court, but Grill blocked a Love three-point attempt just a few possessions later.

Coming out of the first media timeout, Love turned the ball over and Jaren Holmes made the transition lay-in to make the score 11-9 in favor of UNC. The Cyclones nearly tied the game soon after, but fifth-year wing Leaky Black blocked a cutting Hason Ward, and Love drew a foul and made both free throws to bring UNC's lead to four points.

Grill hit a three in response, but Bacot made a basket, Love hit a three and junior forward Puff Johnson stole the ball off the inbounds and made a contested floated to go up, 20-12. Grill hit another three, but Johnson made another impressive play to find an open Bacot down low for an easy dunk.

Grill hit yet another three off the dribble, his fourth, to cut his team's lead to six. Soon after, Holmes made back-to-back buckets and Grill made a transition lay-in after Love turned the ball over again. After a missed three-point attempt from Love, Holmes hit a three to tie the game, 30-30, with three minutes remaining in the first period.

Love found Bacot inside for a dunk to break the tie, the Cyclones answered with two free throws, and then the UNC big man hit a jump hook from the baseline to make the score 34-32 going into the half.

Love and Grill went right back to their guard battle out of the break, trading buckets through the first few minutes of the second half. A few minutes in, Iowa State forward Robert Jones hit two straight baskets to give the Cyclones the lead, 40-39.

Black was given the assignment to guard Grill in the second half, but it didn't seem to matter as Grill hit his fifth three-pointer of the game off a screen to put the Cyclones up by four. Nance responded with a turnaround post move for his first points of the game, and then first-year guard Seth Trimble tied the game back up from the charity stripe, 43-43.

Grill hit a pull-up jumper from the elbow to being his scoring total to 21, but Davis answered with a mid-range shot to keep the score even. UNC continued to successfully draw shooting fouls, tallying five-straight points from the line. A Nance three-pointer made the score 53-47 in favor of UNC, giving the Tar Heels some distance.

Who stood out?

Grill was electric for Iowa State, scoring 31 points off an efficient 11-15 shooting. The senior guard hit seven three-pointers, despite the fact that he was shooting 16.7 percent from behind the arc coming into the game.

UNC's team had a balanced day offensively, with Davis scoring 15 points, Bacot scoring 13 and Love scoring 12. Johnson had his best performance since his return to the court with eight points, six rebounds, two steals and an assist.

When was it decided?

With just over three minutes to play, Grill hit his sixth three-pointer to cut Iowa State's deficit to four, 60-56. Soon after, Nance went 1-2 from the free throw line and Grill his his seventh three-pointer of the day to toe the game at 61-points. After Bacot turned the ball over, Grill hit a deep two to give the Cyclones the lead.

Holmes then drew a foul and made both free throws to go up, 65-61. Over the course of Iowa State's nine-point run, Bacot turned the ball over three times.

Love then air balled a three-point attempt and missed another shot in the paint with less than a minute to play, forcing the Tar Heels to foul. UNC couldn't dig itself out of the hole, and the Cyclones won, 70-65.

Why does it matter?

Iowa State was UNC's first Power Five opponent of the season, a major test for the No. 1 Tar Heels.

The Cyclones's stifling defense gave UNC's offense trouble, and late-game turnovers eventually spelled doom for the Tar Heels. On the other end of the ball, UNC's guards had no answer for Grill, yet another example of a deep-shooting guard taking advantage of North Carolina's sub-par perimeter defense.

UNC looked like it had a chance to take control of the game late in the second half, but instead an implosion led the Tar Heels to squander away the lead and walk off the court with their first loss of the season.

When do they play next?

UNC will play the loser of the UConn-Alabama matchup in the third-place game, with is set to tip off at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday.


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<![CDATA[UNC football drops season finale in 30-27 double-overtime loss to N.C. State]]> The No. 17 North Carolina football team (9-3, 6-2 ACC) fell to N.C. State (8-4, 3-4 ACC), 30-27, in double overtime of the final game of its regular season on Friday evening at Kenan Stadium.

What happened?

The Wolfpack wasted no time in scoring when quarterback Ben Finley connected with wideout Devin Carter for 52 yards before running back Jack Chambers run into the end zone for a two-yard score to give N.C. State the early lead.

Redshirt first-year quarterback Drake Maye and sophomore running back Elijah Green led the Tar Heels down the field, but were forced to settle for a field goal. Finley willed his offense into North Carolina territory and lofted a pass deep into the right corner of the end zone to wide receiver Terrell Timmons for a 28-yard touchdown.

Midway through the second quarter, Green found the end zone to trim the lead to 14-10. The Tar Heels quickly reclaimed possession when UNC senior defensive back Don Chapman forced a Chambers fumble, which was recovered by junior linebacker Cedric Gray. However, UNC couldn't capitalize and was forced to punt.

With halftime rapidly approaching, the Wolfpack managed to move the ball quickly into the red zone thanks to an 18-yard pass from quarterback Ben Finley to tight end Cedd Seabrough. N.C. State kicker Christopher Dunn then drilled the 29-yard field goal, giving the Wolfpack a 17-10 lead at halftime.

Neither team's offense could seem to find a rhythm for most of the third quarter, until Finley made three completions to put the Wolfpack within field goal range. However, Dunn missed the 43-yard field goal - his first miss of the season.

Just when it seemed like the Tar Heels could find a way to score, the Wolfpack's pressure rattled Maye and North Carolina settled for a field goal. Sophomore kicker Noah Burnette missed the 27-yard attempt with just over 10 minutes to play, and the score remained 17-10.

After a Wolfpack three-and-out, Maye found sophomore wide receiver J.J. Jones for 18 yards, and two plays later, Maye saw an opening and darted into the end zone for a 14-yard rushing touchdown, tying the game up 17-17.

UNC forced another punt and looked to take the lead, but a disastrous attempted pass from Maye wound up in the hands of safety Tanner Ingle for an interception. Shortly after, Finley aired the ball out to Carter near the right sideline for a 26-yard touchdown.

Facing a 24-17 deficit with under four minutes to play, Maye's first pass of the drive went to sophomore tight end Bryson Nesbit for 19 yards, followed by a 14-yard gain from Green. An offsides penalty on the Wolfpack helped the Tar Heels move the chains on fourth down, then Green and Maye's 17 combined yards got UNC into the red zone. On the final play of regulation, Maye lasered the ball to senior receiver Antoine Green to force overtime, 24-24.

The Tar Heels' took the field first and ended their possession with a 26-yard field goal from Burnette. N.C. State's following two possessions also ended on field goals, but UNC could not equalize when Burnette missed the 35-yard field goal to end the game.

Who stood out?

Elijah Green shouldered most of the run game, with 24 carries on 83 yards and a touchdown. Antoine Green led wideouts with eight receptions for 67 yards and a touchdown.

Carter led the Wolfpack receiving corps with six catches, 130 yards and a touchdown.

When was it decided?

The game was decided in overtime, when Burnette missed the field goal.

Why does it matter?

After an unexpected home loss to Georgia Tech last week, the Tar Heels were looking to rebuild momentum heading into the postseason with one final win in Kenan Stadium. However, the loss highlighted UNC's recent offensive woes, leaving skeptics wondering how the team will fare in the ACC Championship.

When do they play next?

The Tar Heels will face No. 8 Clemson next Saturday in Charlotte for the ACC Championship. Kickoff is at 8 p.m.


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<![CDATA[Hodgson's late-game heroics carry UNC women's basketball to win over No. 18 Oregon]]> Fourteen points.

That's the number redshirt senior guard Eva Hodgson put up in the fourth quarter of the UNC women's basketball team's 85-79 win over No. 18 Oregon Thursday in the Phil Knight Invitational.

After inefficient pick-and-roll play plagued the Tar Heels for most of the first half, head coach Courtney Banghart instilled a sense of fire in her team at the break.

Hodgson took it personally and put up 17 points in the second half, with 14 of those coming in the final period of play. The redshirt senior made up nearly half of UNC's offense in the final quarter, propelling the Tar Heels to their first ranked win of the year.

As the clock was ticking down, and UNC and Oregon remained neck and neck, Hodgson addressed her teammates.

"This is it - either we're going to go on a run and win this game or we could just wait and we could lose," Hodgson said.

Although Hodgson went into the locker room with four points, that would not last. Even after a three-point performance in the third quarter, she kept in mind a piece of advice that fueled her fourth-quarter performance.

"My coach and my teammates have been telling me all year just to shoot the ball and let it fly," Hodgson said.

Down by one with just over five minutes remaining, junior guard Kennedy Todd-Williams grabbed a defensive rebound and began pushing the pace. She found Hodgson open right in front of the UNC bench and lobbed the ball forward, who fired from behind the arc and drained the shot.

The make was her fifth 3-pointer of the night, but she was fouled in the process. After sinking her free throw shot, she put the Tar Heels ahead by three points and gave the team a lead it wouldn't relinquish.

"I knew towards the end of the game that we needed something that would change the stride, pace, and energy of the game," Hodgson said. "I caught it and I didn't even think twice about it and just let it fly. The fact that it was an and-one made it a lot sweeter."

Hodgson had an explosive fourth quarter, totaling 14 points and one assist. She went 3-for-3 from behind the arc in the final quarter, which put the Tar Heels in a prime position to close out the game.

Thursday marked Hodgson's highest-scoring game of the season as well as her best three-point shooting game of the young campaign. She now leads the team in three-pointers and assists through its first five games.

Aside from what the stats show, Hodgson has proven herself to be a consistent leader for UNC. Clutch 3-pointers aren't rare for Hodgson (cue her buzzer-beater against Virginia Tech in the 2022 ACC Tournament), but rather, this performance from the former "sixth starter" shows that she's a crucial option for Banghart down the stretch.

"We have a lot of options," Banghart said. "I appreciate that they all stay ready because we don't know when we will need one versus the other."

Hodgson's read of the court and scoring prowess have propelled the Tar Heels to an undefeated start this season. With numerous top-ranked matchups left to tackle before conference play begins, Hodgson will have to continue to be productive for the team to continue its hot start.


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<![CDATA[Rivalry crowd carries UNC volleyball to 3-1 win over Duke]]> As the North Carolina campus fell silent - a victim of the desolate strain of the first day of Thanksgiving break - Carmichael Arena was making up for the loss campus felt.

The power rippling between nearly 2,000 fans gathered to watch the UNC volleyball team on Wednesday provided an atmosphere of unmatched energy for the rivalry game against Duke. Such a feeling inspired the Tar Heels and pushed them to play with passion in a 3-1 win over the Blue Devils.

"It was awesome," Head Coach Joe Sagula said. "It may have been one of the best crowds we've seen, and it inspired our team."

The energy of the crowd set first-year libero Maddy May on fire throughout the game. She consistently passed dimes in serve receive off of hard-driven float serves. Duke sent dominant swings to terminate the ball, but these hopes were routinely cut short as May swooped under the ball.

Despite a defensive rearrangement in the first set - May played middle back rather than left back - she rallied 16 digs throughout the match.

"It was so much fun to play with this crowd," she said. "Their energy was so infectious and it made me play better."

After picking up a 25-18 first-set win, UNC quickly fell behind in second-set play.

As Duke began to find its rhythm behind strong kills from senior outside hitter Gracie Johnson, the Tar Heels struggled to stay disciplined in their play and the team's communication began to falter. The Tar Heels accumulated more mistakes, fell quiet and got into their own heads, leaving an opening as the Blue Devils took the second set, 25-19.

However, this shift only fueled UNC fans as they rose to their feet to cheer on a hard-battled third set. UNC began to regain its confidence as first-year setter Anita Babic sent well-placed balls to North Carolina's middle hitters, first-year Liv Mogridge and junior Kaya Merkler. The Tar Heels began to rely on these middles, a shift from the usual outside dominance.

The crowd noticed as Mogridge sent quick hard swings straight down to the left side of Duke's middle-back defender, sending shock waves throughout the arena.

"We love large crowds where our fans are engaged," senior middle hitter Skyy Howard said. "It gives us the fuel to keep going and the confidence we are Carolina, and we will prove it."

Howard has emphasized blocking throughout her volleyball career and put it on display against the Blue Devils Wednesday. In a hard-fought third set, UNC began to pull away with a huge stuff block from Howard.

Soon, shirts were being thrown in every direction from the UNC bench in celebration as fans high-fived one another in excitement.

The Tar Heels were determined to win in the fourth set.

The Blue Devils kept things close until midway through the set when sophomore outside hitter Mabrey Shaffmaster and Babic strung together kills. This was followed by a Duke attack error and a service ace from redshirt first-year Carson Overbeck.

With UNC leading 24-17, spectators took to their feet, holding up the number one with their fingers to signal match point.

Thanks to a kill from Mogridge, the Tar Heels officially downed the Blue Devils. The UNC bench sprinted to the court and no fan remained in their seat.

"It's always wonderful to beat Duke," Sagula said. "In our gym, at the end of the season, it's a special day."


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UNC first-year libero/defensive specialist Maddy May (25) prepares to hit the ball during the volleyball match against Georgia Tech on Friday, Oct. 28, 2022, at Carmichael Arena. UNC lost 3-1.

<![CDATA[Preview: Keys for a UNC football bounce-back win on Rivalry Weekend against N.C. State]]> As Mack Brown took the podium for his Monday morning press conference, his first order of business wasn't discussing his own team. Instead, he congratulated Georgia Tech.

On Saturday, the North Carolina football team added a second loss to its record thanks to the Yellow Jackets, dropping UNC's ranking five spots to No. 18 in the AP Poll.

Brown said the team knew it was a trap game, and yet the Tar Heels still fell right into the hole.

"Nobody feels sorry for you," Brown said regarding the loss. "You gotta do it yourself. You gotta pick yourself up and go."

Here's a few of the pieces the Tar Heels will need to pick up in order to best N.C. State on Friday night.

Respond to a physical Wolfpack defense

Throughout the season, N.C. State has undergone many changes. The Wolfpack have experimented with different quarterbacks after Devin Leary's season-ending injury and have constantly shifted their offensive schemes.

One thing that has stayed constant this season is the Wolfpack's physical and effective defensive line.

"They've played great defense, not good defense," Brown said. "Drake Thomas, Isaiah Moore and Payton Wilson are three of the best linebackers in the country."

The consistency of this defense is reflected in the numbers it puts up - good enough for No. 21 in the country in total defense. In order to come out on top, UNC must counter the aggressiveness of the Wolfpack's defensive line with its own brute strength.

"Either you're going to win the physical battle or you're not going to win the game," UNC offensive coordinator Phil Longo said. "It's potentially one of the best, if not the best, defense that we've seen this year, and the violence and the physicality part is their biggest strength."

Prepare for an unknown offensive threat

For the second week in a row, UNC is preparing to face off against a team who is on their third-string quarterback. First-year quarterback MJ Morris, who initially stepped into the shoes of Leary, was injured in N.C. State's crushing loss to Boston College.

In last Saturday's game against Louisville, the Wolfpack redshirt first-year Ben Finley split snaps with graduate quarterback Jack Chambers. It is unclear which quarterback N.C. State will turn to on Friday, but UNC is making it their mission to be ready for whoever walks on the field.

"It's a little bit of a cat and mouse game," UNC assistant head coach for defense Gene Chizik said. "You're not really sure who's gonna show up, but you definitely have to prepare for both."

Brown was quick to emphasize that North Carolina will not be underestimating Finley or Chambers, despite them not being starters for the Wolfpack.

"We just got beat by a team that played their third and fourth-team quarterbacks," he said. "All the quarterbacks are good. (They) wouldn't be there if they weren't good."

Seize scoring opportunities in the red zone

Although the Tar Heels made it to the red zone five times on Saturday, the team was only able to score a touchdown on two of these chances, leaving a plethora of points on the table. Longo listed the missed points as the reason that North Carolina lost the game.

"One touchdown out of those red zone drives and it probably gives you the win," he said. "There are a multitude of different plays that we could have made in the red zone earlier in the game and we wouldn't have been in that situation at the end of the game."

In order to emerge victorious on Friday, UNC will have to take advantage of their time in the red zone.

Nevertheless, the Tar Heels said they won't let the past drag their future down. While they are acknowledging their mistakes and working to fix them, Brown said they don't want to spend too much time thinking about what could have been if they had beaten Georgia Tech.

"You cannot let one loss beat you twice," Brown said.


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UNC sophomore running back, Elijah Green (21), runs toward the end zone to score the first touchdown of the evening during the football game against Georgia Tech at Kenan Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022.

<![CDATA[Hodgson propels No. 8 UNC women's basketball to 85-79 win over No. 18 Oregon in Phil Knight Invitational]]> The No. 8 North Carolina women's basketball team (5-0) beat No. 18 Oregon (4-1), 85-79, in a frenetic top-25 dogfight to cap off the first semifinal of the Phil Knight Invitational.

What happened?

A normally reliable North Carolina defense collapsed countless times in the first half. Aiming to stop Oregon guards Te-Hina Paopao and Endyia Rogers from shooting 3-pointers off pick-and-rolls, UNC's roll defenders stepped up high and relied on a third defender to cover Oregon bigs Grace VanSlooten and Phillipina Kyei.

This created open threes for Oregon players whom the help defenders left. Paopao benefited most, sinking three of Oregon's five 3-pointers in the first half.

The Tar Heels kept roll defenders low on VanSlooten and Kyei in the second quarter, but that allowed Paopao and Rogers to sink pull-up 3-pointers.

Oregon's fast transition attack created driving lanes to the basket, with 24 of Oregon's 44 first-half points coming inside the paint.

To get back into the game, the normally egalitarian UNC offense prescribed a high dose of Deja Kelly pick-and-roll, the play providing a great share of the junior guard's 12 first-half points and four assists.

For the third quarter, UNC adjusted how its guards would defend the ball handler in order to trap Oregon's ball handlers without over-helping. Still, the Ducks drew help using VanSlooten and Kyei's post scoring threat to attract Tar Heel defenders and create open shots.

No matter the defensive breakdowns, however, the Tar Heels willed their way to score.

Even when down 50-39, forcing six Oregon turnovers with the trap defense and fighting for loose balls and offensive rebounds got UNC back into the game. The Tar Heels ended the third quarter with eight offensive boards to Oregon's three and ahead on the scoreboard 56-55.

Oregon continued cutting up the North Carolina defense for quality shots. UNC's answer on offense? Eva Hodgson. After three quarters, the graduate guard had only scored seven points on 2-7 shooting. Then came the fourth quarter.

Every Oregon basket seemed to be met by Hodgson bullying her way to the free-throw line or finding space for a 3-pointer. 14 points from three 3-pointers and five free-throw makes kept UNC toe-to-toe with the Ducks until the last two minutes.

In the clutch, the Tar Heel defense finally came alive, stopping the Ducks from adding to their 75 points on three consecutive possessions and allowing UNC to seal the game at the line.

Who stood out?

Pitching in three assists to make it seven for the game, Kelly's influence as a distributor remained, but her scoring faded with only five points in the second half.

Kelly was assisted by Hodgson's 17 second-half points and junior forward Alyssa Ustby's 19 points for the game, helping North Carolina fight back from Oregon's scoring runs.

When was it decided?

With UNC leading 78-75 and after Oregon missed a contested 3-pointer, sophomore forward Destiny Adams rewarded head coach Courtney Banghart's decision to play her at center for the majority of the second half. Adams' pass deflection led to a loose ball scrap, and the possession arrow gave UNC the ball back.

Two made free throws by UNC and an Oregon timeout later, Kelly baited an offensive foul from Oregon's Rogers, giving the Tar Heels the ball back. Hodgson then sank two free throws, putting the game out of reach.

Why does it matter?

In their first matchup against a top-25 opponent, North Carolina resisted the Ducks' offensive surges by finding different ways to score-be it through Hodgson and Kelly pick-and-rolls or forcing turnovers and attacking in transition.

A more solid defense would have been desired, but the Tar Heels will be satisfied with 17 points off 18 Oregon turnovers and their general offensive prowess against a physical, speedy, 18th-ranked Oregon side.

When do they play next?

North Carolina will advance to the final of the Phil Knight Invitational, facing off against the winner of Iowa State vs. Michigan State on November 27 at 7:30 pm.


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<![CDATA[Pete Nance leads No. 1 UNC men's basketball to 89-81 win over Portland in Phil Knight Invitational]]> The No. 1 North Carolina men's basketball team (5-0) defeated Portland (4-3), 89-81, in UNC's first matchup of the Phil Knight Invitational.

What happened?

Spearheaded by junior point guard Caleb Love, the Tar Heels' offense was firing on all cylinders at the beginning of the first half, as UNC shot 64.3 percent from the field and 33.3 percent from beyond the three-point line through the first ten minutes of the game.

The Tar Heels' hot start earned them an 18-11 lead on the Pilots, but Portland scored six unanswered points off two UNC turnovers and a missed three-pointer by senior center Armando Bacot to tie the score at 18.

The two teams traded blows until the Pilots scored a transition layup off a missed mid-range jumper from graduate forward Pete Nance, putting the Tar Heels behind 23-22. After falling behind, UNC quickly regained its lead and maintained it until the halftime break thanks to Love continuing to score efficiently and timely three-pointers from Nance and sophomore guard D'Marco Dunn.

But the Pilots kept themselves within striking distance of the lead thanks to forcing several turnovers and strong shooting from beyond the arc. Dunn's first score of the game put the Tar Heels ahead 40-38 before halftime.

Both teams started the second scoring the ball effectively, as each team scored at least eight points within the first four minutes of the half. UNC was the first team to fall behind, however, as they allowed the Pilots to score five unanswered points to put them behind 53-48.

After losing the lead when Portland broke the 48-48 tie, the Tar Heels didn't reclaim an advantage over the Pilots for over six minutes until Love drove to the basket, collapsed the defense and passed back out to Nance at the top of the key for a wide-open three-pointer that put UNC ahead 66-64.

The game remained tightly contested after the Tar Heels reclaimed the lead, as the lead changed twice and neither team held more than a five-point advantage until junior guard RJ Davis made two free throws to give UNC a seven-point lead.

The Tar Heels, however, allowed Portland to hang in the game, and the Pilots drew to within three points of their lead with just 50 seconds remaining, prompting a UNC timeout. Davis connected on a mid-range jumper to make it a two-possession game with just 30 seconds left, effectively sealing the win for the Tar Heels. UNC closed out the game by making free throws and sealed the 89-81 win over Portland.

Who stood out?

Love led the way for the Tar Heels in the first half, scoring 16 points on 7-9 shooting from and 100 percent shooting the three-point line. Love also contributed three steals, three assists and two rebounds in the first half.

In the second half, Love continued to have the hot hand, adding seven points to his first-half contributions. Love also finished with four assists, three rebounds and three steals.

Nance also had a strong outing in the Tar Heels' winning effort, matching his career high with 28 points. He recorded seven rebounds while providing spacing for UNC guards to work in the paint with his accurate three-point shooting.

When was it decided?

The Tar Heels' matchup with the Pilots was a wire-to-wire matchup that was anybody's game to win with 50 seconds left to play after Portland scored a three-pointer to draw within three points of UNC's lead. But Davis' clutch mid-range jumper with just 30 seconds left in the game essentially sealed the win for UNC.

Why does it matter?

Aside from maintaining their undefeated record and bolstering their case to remain the nation's top-ranked team, the Tar Heels' victory against Portland is significant because it shows that UNC can win games in several ways.

The Pilots made it clear that they wanted to neutralize Bacot's impact in the paint, sending double teams his way almost every time he got the ball in the low post. Normally, Bacot's offensive production in the paint is a critical component of the Tar Heels' chances of winning, but regardless of Bacot only contributing two field goals through the first 35 minutes of the game and just four the entire game, UNC found a way to win.

When do they play next?

The Tar Heels' next matchup is Friday, November 25th, at either 3 p.m. or 5:30 p.m. against the winner of the Iowa State-Villanova matchup.

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<![CDATA[UNC volleyball beats Duke 3-1 to break three-game losing streak]]> The North Carolina volleyball team (16-12, 8-9 ACC) defeated Duke (16-13, 7-11 ACC) 3-1 to break the Tar Heels' three-game losing streak.

What happened?

UNC got a quick start in the first set, scoring three unanswered points in a balanced offensive attack. The score remained close up until midway through the set, as the Tar Heels held a two-point lead with just a 12-10 advantage over the Blue Devils. The Tar Heels went on a 5-2 run after Duke trimmed their lead to just two scores, putting them ahead 17-12. UNC took advantage of several Blue Devils' errors during this run. Sophomore outside hitter Mabrey Shaffmaster helped close out the first set for the Tar Heels, scoring three kills after the 5-2 run en route to a 25-18 first-set victory.

The script flipped in the second set, as the Blue Devils got out of the gates quickly by taking a 7-2 advantage over UNC early in the set. After falling to a five-point deficit early, Tar Heels called a timeout, but Duke mostly maintained its five-point edge throughout the set. UNC did draw within two scores of Duke's lead, but the Blue Devils then responded with an 8-1 run that put them ahead 17-9. The Tar Heels made a comeback attempt, but without the point production they got from Duke's errors in the first set, they struggled to put points on the board and lost, 25-19.

It took UNC until midway through the third set to take a significant lead and pull away from the Blue Devils, as neither team held more than a three-point advantage until the Tar Heels took a 12-8 lead. First-year middle hitter Liv Mogridge fueled the Tar Heels early on, contributing three kills before taking a four-point lead and forcing a Duke timeout. The Blue Devils came storming back, however, and tied the score at 18 by scoring six unanswered points, which prompted a UNC timeout. The Tar Heels closed the set out on a 7-1 run, as Duke's comeback attempt seemed to have run out of fuel after its 6-0 run. UNC took the third set 25-19, giving the Tar Heels a 2-1 set advantage.

The final set of the match was tightly contested, and neither team took more than a three-point lead until UNC went on a 4-1 run to pull ahead 15-11, forcing a Duke timeout. Mogridge carried over her play from the third set into the fourth, contributing two of the Tar Heels' four points during the 4-1 run. A balanced offensive attack and several Duke errors helped the Tar Heels capitalize on their lead and take a 25-17 fourth-set victory, giving them a 3-1 match win.

Who stood out?

Mogridge had one of the most complete games of her young UNC career. The first-year contributed 12 kills - one away from her career high of 13 - and five blocks while boasting a hitting percentage of 44 percent. Junior middle hitter Kaya Merkler also had a strong performance, as she contributed nine kills with a hitting percentage of 36.8, seven blocks and six digs.

When was it decided?

Duke's chances of forcing a fifth set were alive and well in the fourth set when the Tar Heels held just a 13-11 advantage over the Blue Devils. UNC scored six points compared to Duke's one score to take an 18-12 lead, forcing a Blue Devil's timeout. The Tar Heels kept their foot on the gas just enough to come away with a 25-17 fourth-set victory, which gave them a 3-1 match victory.

Why does it matter?

Outside of beating its top rival, this is a significant win for UNC because it ends the Tar Heels' three-game losing streak in the ACC. The win is also important because it helps keep them afloat in the middle of the conference standings, which has six teams with seven or eight wins in the conference.

When do they play next?

The Tar Heels' regular season finale is Saturday at 1 p.m. against the Virginia Cavaliers.

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<![CDATA[UNC wrestling drops second-straight dual match at home against Ohio State]]> With their shoulders slumped and faces angled to the floor, the UNC wrestling team disappointedly walked back to the Carmichael Arena locker room after Sunday's 33-9 loss to No. 4 Ohio State.

Despite high expectations for the preseason top-20 squad, the Tar Heels were outclassed against consecutive top-five opponents in their last two dual matches. They began the season with a 24-10 win against Campbell in Fort Bragg, but could not crawl back against Michigan and were dominated by the Buckeyes.

"We gotta compete a little harder," head coach Coleman Scott said. "We got beat on just not being ready to compete at that level this early."

In a win that moved them up to No. 3 in the national rankings, Ohio State totaled three victories by fall against UNC. The onslaught began early with Ethan Smith defeating Clay Lautt, one of UNC's top-ranked wrestlers, in a hard-fought 2-0 decision. The Buckeyes rode this momentum to a 27-0 lead through the first seven matches.

Lachlan McNeil finally got the Tar Heels on the board in the 141-pound division. He was one of the only Tar Heels that outranked their respective Ohio State opponent.

"We need to be more offensive," McNeil said. "We are getting pushed around a little bit. We are being reactive rather than pressing forward and being active."

While the score appeared to be lopsided, the Tar Heels kept many of the matches close. Lautt lost by a third-period escape and Jack Wagner lost his 125-pound dual via a takedown in the waning seconds.

After the loss to Michigan, Lautt said the Tar Heels "want to be in the top five in the country." In order to do that, they will need to come out on top in close bouts.

"A lot of the times, many of these matches will be one or two-point matches, but you lose three or four of them and all of a sudden the score seems like a blowout," McNeil said. "The key is just finding a way to win those tough matches and improving one percent daily."

Despite the disappointing start to the season, the team still anticipates a successful campaign. McNeil said the team hopes to compete for an ACC title, a conference that has been dominated by N.C. State over the last four years.

Responding to this early-season setback is crucial to reaching these goals. The Tar Heels will have close to a month's break before they return to action against Appalachian State. Scott said the team was embarrassed by the loss, and now is the time to correct its mistakes.

"You are going to see us getting better throughout the year," Scott said. "This sport is tough. We will get better and progress every time out."

The return of high-profile wrestlers from injury will be a big step in this improvement. Graduate leaders Zach Sherman and Austin O'Connor, who have a combined five first-team All-American nods and an NCAA title, have been unable to compete due to injuries suffered at the end of last season.

Scott said he expects to have a full lineup for the next match. With their re-emergence into the starting lineup, the team hopes it will leave these early defeats in the past.

"I don't think we've seen our full potential by any means," Scott said. "They've just got to keep plugging away and it'll come."


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UNC redshirt first-year Lachlan McNeil circles during UNC wrestling's competition against Michigan at Boshamer Stadium on Sunday, Nov. 13, 2022, at Boshamer Stadium. UNC lost 12-23.

<![CDATA[Carrboro residents struggle with action regarding town's white supremacist namesake]]> For the last 109 years, Carrboro has borne the name of Julian Carr, a businessman, philanthropist and white supremacist who gave the dedication speech for Silent Sam.

Residents have questioned the town's name multiple times due to its namesake - most recently in 2020.

Carrboro Mayor Damon Seils said that while names are important, there is other work for racial equity that the Town is working on that will have a more substantial impact on people's everyday lives.

In 2018, the Town formed the Truth Plaque Task Force, a group of residents that created a plaque to give context to the town's naming after Carr.

"We're looking for these opportunities to tell a truthful history about the town," Seils said.

The Town also recently founded the Racial Equity Commission, a group of residents appointed by the town council that aims to advise the council and help foster inclusivity and acceptance within the community.

Kenyatta Clark, a mother of six and one of seven current commission members, said it formed only last year, and she joined because she wanted to hold the Town accountable to its promises.

While Clark said promises made to Black residents in a 2020 proclamation to denounce Carrboro's history were meaningful at the time, she feels like her peers are still missing the point.

"I always go to what the promise of the foundation is, which is race and equity, right?" Clark said. "And until we always refocus there, they will always miss the mark."

As a Black woman, Clark said she often does not feel welcomed by others when she tries to participate in local government.

"My ancestors were bought and sold right at the site where Carr Mill Mallstands, but like Mr. Carr mentioned, the deep-seated racism is 'embalmed in affections of our family,'" Clark said in an email. "Even though the Town wrote this proclamation apologizing for slavery and committing to providing racial equity for Black people, these were just great soundbites for the time."

When she tries to bring up racial equity, she said she is often shut down.

"It's like a fly that comes up every now and then - people just kind of swat it down," she said. "They don't really get it."

Clark said she does not believe changing the town's name is very important because it would not change the lived experience of the residents. Instead, she said she wants to see the Town take its promises and commitments seriously.

Carrboro resident and UNC student Kush Shah said he was not aware of who the town was named after or what Carr stood for.

"Hearing about the name of Carrboro is honestly kind of shocking, especially considering the ethnic makeup of Carrboro," he said.

Shah said he loves living in Carrboro and, as a person of color, feels safer there than on UNC's campus.

He said he feels uncomfortable knowing about the history and thinks that, while it may not make a significant difference, changing the town's name or rededicating it to someone else would be a meaningful gesture.

Irene Newman is a Ph.D. candidate in UNC's Department of American Studies who focuses on white power and racist violence.

In Carrboro, Newman said she thinks there is a connection between allowing Carr to be memorialized and the town continuing to turn a blind eye to organized racist violence in their community.

"There is a through-line between Julian Carr in the early 20th century and people who are committing racist violence in the area now," she said.

She said it is important for people to know that there are spaces in Chapel Hill and Carrboro where white power groups openly congregate daily.

Newman said changing the name would help the Town to create an environment where its Black residents are not continuously reminded of Carr's racist violence.

"I think there is an opportunity in renaming to think about the kinds of spaces we want to live in," she said.

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<![CDATA['Grief is love lost': UNC community dedicates permanent memorial to James Cates ]]> Content warning: This article contains mention of racially-motivated violence.




Bouquets of roses and sunflowers lay on the bricks in front of the permanent memorial for James Lewis Cates Jr. On a cold November afternoon, a crowd gathered around a temporary stage.

"Our community dedicates the memorial in honor of James Cates," the memorial plaque reads, "whose life has not been and will not be forgotten."

Cates, 22, was a Chapel Hill resident murdered outside the Student Union in November 1970 by members of a white supremacist motorcycle gang. He was denied life-saving medical treatment by police and University officials quickly washed Cates' blood from the scene.

His murderers were let go by police at the scene and never convicted.

In March, the U.S. Department of Justice opened an investigation into the circumstances of Cates' death through the Cold Case Initiative under the Emmett Till Antilynching Act.

The memorial - the result of years of student and local advocacy - was officially unveiled in the Pit on Monday. Students, professors and Chapel Hill residents came together to recognize the memorial and listen to remarks by campus and community leaders.

Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz, Student Body President Taliajah "Teddy" Vann, Black Student Movement President Julia Clark, Vice Provost for Equity and Inclusion Leah Cox, UNC Board of Trustees Chairperson David Boliek and Chapel Hill Mayor Pam Hemminger spoke at the event.

Pastor Nate Davis of Now Church gave the event's invocation and Congresswoman-elect and Cates' family member Valerie Foushee provided remarks on behalf of the family.

'Not a celebration, but a commemoration'

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, Foushee said she is grateful for the efforts of Black mothers, Black Student Movement members, The James Cates Remembrance Coalition, the Chapel Hill-Carrboro NAACP and all who have annually commemorated Cates' life with memorials, vigils and op-eds.

She mentioned the generations of family and community members who never forgot Cates' smile, wit, sense of humor and style. Foushee said the event was not a celebration, it was a commemoration.

"For our community on that night, 52 years ago, this place that is known as the southern part of heaven felt like the northern part of hell," she said.

Affectionately called "baby boy" by his loved ones, Vann said Cates was the kind of friend and brother others wanted to embody, the type of man people would have been delighted to meet.

"In a perfect world, we would see his dreams fully realized today and would have him here as an elder to share the beauty of his life on his own," Vann said. "And to pour his wisdom into Black students at UNC, like members of the Northside have done for decades."

Vann said it has been the honor of her life to be a single part of the effort to memorialize Cates' life. Cates will always be cherished in the hearts of community members, she said.

Clark, who is the founder and chairperson of The James Lewis Cates Jr. Memorial Project under the Carolina Union Board of Directors, said the journey toward the memorial has been met with delays, bureaucratic red tape and fierce opposition. But she said no opponent is stronger than everlasting love - a love that has sustained the movement toward Cates' memorial for over five decades.

"Grief, anger and love can often feel separate," Clark said. "But they are extensions of one another. Grief is love lost, and anger is love disrespected."

'It's just very important to be here'

The dedication was attended by students and community members who hoped to honor Cates' life and support his family.

"I came out today because, as a Black student, it's very important - especially in this day and time - that we recognize the injustices that are still happening today and the ones that have happened," UNC sophomore Brooke Lucas said.

She felt it was important to support and be with the family and loved ones of Cates, who passed not so long ago.

"It's just very important to be here because he never got the justice that he deserves," Lucas said.

UNC sophomore Autumn Lynch-Coleman said she walks past the Pit every day. Until now, she said, there was nothing permanent to remember Cates by - his story was largely passed by word-of-mouth.

It's important that the site of Cates' death is acknowledged, she said, and that people know the injustice occurred.

"Being able to have everybody know and understand our history, and be able to reconcile with that - even if it is bad - and being able to move past it, and move past it together, is really good," she said.

'Only by reckoning can we reconcile'

Cox said the dedication was an acknowledgment of a scarred part of University history. The goal of educators, she said, is to cherish the lives and minds of students, teaching them to engage in the world without hate, malice or prejudice.

"So thank you to all of you - all of our students, all of our educators, all of our administrators, all of our community workers - who didn't give up and did something, and did the right thing."

Guskiewicz said the University community must work together to shape the future.

"We have more steps to take in our process of teaching our history and on our journey to be a more inclusive and welcoming campus community for everyone," he said. "We are not done and we will continue this work despite the challenges before us."

Efforts by The James Cates Remembrance Coalition to rename the UNC Student Stores after Cates are ongoing.

Foushee said the community is grateful for the memorial's commemoration. The University community should learn from its history, she said, not ignore it, cover it up or attempt to wash it away.

"We must acknowledge only by adequately acknowledging our history can we begin to reckon with it, and only by reckoning can we reconcile," Foushee said. "And with that reconciliation, we should vow to do better. Because we now know better and indeed we can be better."

To the sound of the Voices of Praise Gospel Choir, community leaders and loved ones ended the dedication by laying a flower at the base of Cates' memorial.

And, from dusk to dawn, the Pit was lit up in his memory.


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<![CDATA[UNC Federalist Society hosts guest lecturer, interrupted by student protest]]> On Oct. 25, Jeffery Ventrella of the Alliance Defending Freedom gave a guest lecture at the UNC School of Law, titled "Constitutional Law: Addressing the Deceits and Deficits of Legal Education."

Ventrella - who serves as senior vice president of academic affairs and training at the ADF - was invited to UNC by the campus chapter of the Federalist Society, a student organization "of conservatives and libertarians interested in the current state of the legal order," according to the club's website.

The event was scheduled to begin at noon and protesters gathered outside of the lecture hall. Many of the activists were from OutLaw - a student association focused on educating the law community about the legal, political and social issues facing the LGBTQ+ community.

According to its website, ADF is "the world's largest legal organization committed to protecting religious freedom, free speech, the sanctity of life, parental rights and God's design for marriage and family."

Shortly after Ventrella's lecture began, protesters entered and lined the walls of the room, carrying signs. But when he began making negative comments about sexual orientation, protesters began engaging directly with the speaker and eventually chanting slogans such as "the Founders were enslavers."

"We had been told per an email that had gone out earlier in the day that the way to protest was to basically stand around the outskirts against the wall in the room, and so that's what we did," Megan Laney, a 3L law student and attendee of the event, said. "We lined up on the wall - I happened to be on the far side of the wall from the door - and we mostly stood there in silence."

An hour before the lecture, the UNC School of Law sent out an email surrounding the potential protests and reminded students of the free speech policy at the University.

"If an attendee behaves disruptively or interferes with an invited speaker's ability to be heard or be viewed by other members of the audience, the attendee causing the disruption will receive a warning," the email stated. "If, after receiving the warning, the same attendee causes a disruption or interference, Public Safety may remove the attendee from the event and, depending on the circumstances, may arrest the attendee."

A member of the OutLaw organization who asked to remain anonymous for safety reasons said the administration intimidated queer and BIPOC students by providing a police presence to secure the interests of the speaker and by threatening to arrest student protesters if they were to interrupt the event.

They also mentioned that the ADF is designated as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

"He said hateful things about fat people, said hateful things about queer people and hateful things about people of color," the member said.

The member said Ventrella was allowed to finish his lecture but did have multiple back-and-forth exchanges with protesters.

"We've asked the administration in the meantime to acknowledge how the values of the organization that he's from are counterintuitive to the values of diversity, equity and inclusion," the member said.

While protesters were allowed to stay in the room, other UNC Law School faculty encouraged them to let the guest lecturer speak, noting UNC's policy on student protest. UNC Police was also at the event but stood outside the door of the room until the lecture ended.

UNC Media Relations said in an email that the students who caused interruptions were reminded of guidelines on protesting - which is procedural - and the event continued.

"The University respects and believes in the rights of peaceful protesters," the email said. "While anyone - including students, faculty and staff - may gather and exercise their rights to free speech, state law and the UNC System Board of Governors policy on free speech and free expression prohibits significant disruption of University operations or events."

The UNC Alumni Free Speech Alliance wrote a letter to Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz and Martin Brinkley, dean of the law school, on Nov. 2, calling the protest unacceptable and tasking the University with preventing this type of situation in the future.

"We believe that any speaker invited by any University-approved group or representative should receive the utmost courtesy and respect, not to mention absolute rights of free speech stated in UNC-CH's principles, reinforced by the First Amendment," the letter said.

Guskiewicz responded in a statement on Nov. 4 and said, "While we cannot always predict outbursts or protest during events, we try to use instances such as this to educate our students about exercising their rights of free speech and the importance of not infringing on the rights of others."



<![CDATA[Column: Maybe you are the problem.]]> My middle and high school years were riddled with unstable friendships, constant drama, toxicity and an overall inability to keep a solid relationship for more than a few years. I would come home and wonder: Why am I losing friends? Why doesn't anyone want to talk to me? Why is everyone turning against me? Why are people being cold toward me when I did nothing wrong?

I periodically went to therapy and had seen about three different therapists by the end of high school. I would spend all of my sessions pouring out all of my feelings, trying to process why the greatest friendship that I had crumbled away and how it happened to me. And I would leave every session wondering why I felt like I hadn't made any progress.

It wasn't until I had realized that therapy was no longer serving me and decided to stop going that I had an epiphany, the one thing that none of my therapists ever would have told me:

Maybe I'm the problem.

It seems like such a simple realization. One that Taylor Swift slyly sings about in her recent single, "Anti-Hero." But it took a long time for me to realize that the common denominator in all of the problems of my social life was actually me.

Hearing all of this, I know it's easy to think, "that's not me, though," or "my situation is different" - but I thought the exact same thing.

I used to function under the idea that everything happened to me and that my life was just a series of unfortunate events. I had an eternal victim complex.

I'm not big on cheesy motivational-speaker life-coach quotes, but one thing that has always stuck with me is author John C. Maxwell's principle, "The Bob Principle." We all know a person who seems to have a problem with everyone, yet they are so sure that they are never the root of that problem.

The way that Maxwell puts it, when Bob has a problem with everyone, Bob is usually the problem.

Think about it objectively: do you really think that every single person around you is the issue and it's not just your perspective?

If you find yourself frequently feeling like people are calling things out about your behavior that you don't see, take the route of thinking that it could be about you. Take whatever feedback people give to you, and instead of feeling insulted, use it as a way to grow.

The minute that I finally came to the realization that I was a problem, after years of constantly placing myself on a pedestal thinking that only I could be the hero, I started to value self-awareness, thoughtfulness, emotional maturity and introspection more than I ever had before.

Once you take a moment to recognize that you very well could be the problem, it becomes significantly easier to build back bridges that you once burned, and form healthier relationships with people around you.

So stop staring directly at the sun and take a look in the mirror. Think about how your actions and words affect other people, and stop acting out of self-interest. It's less exhausting to be a true hero instead of an anti-hero.



<![CDATA[PFAS still present in Orange County water reservoirs as awareness grows in state]]> Perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances, also known as PFAS, have attracted increasing awareness and concern from the public over the past several years.

The chemicals are commonly used in everyday products such as nonstick pans and cookware, rain jackets, carpeting and firefighting foam. They are widely known as "forever chemicals," meaning they do not break down easily in a natural setting.

When humans are exposed to PFAS, there is an increased risk of kidney and testicular cancer, low infant birth weight, decreased vaccine response in children and high cholesterol.

Frank Leibfarth, a chemistry professor at UNC, said drinking water is the most common way in which humans are exposed to PFAS. He added that the chemicals can contaminate the drinking water supply via wastewater runoff from industrial sites and homes where products containing PFAS are produced and used respectively.

Karsten Baumann, a professor in UNC's Department of Environmental Science and Engineering, said PFAS are particularly dangerous because they are "volatile," meaning the chemicals can be released easily through air and water.

Baumann explained that products with PFAS are attractive to consumers because they make surfaces easier to clean and are resistant to stains.

"'Non-stick, non-stain, easy to clean' - that means they have been treated with some kind of Teflon-type material and coating," Baumann said.

He said Teflon material contains PFAS and the everyday use of these products further contaminates surrounding air and water.

The Orange Water and Sewer Authority regularly tests for more than 150 chemical compounds in its water supply and summarizes these findings in an annual report. OWASA spokesperson Blake Hodge said the water supply in Cane Creek and University Lake meets all current environmental regulations.

Hodge added that OWASA began testing its water supply for PFAS in 2018 and the substances have been detected in the water supply.

Hodge said the Cane Creek reservoir has significantly higher levels of PFAS than University Lake.

In 2018, OWASA tested water from Cane Creek Reservoir, Quarry Reservoir and the University Lake for PFAS. They detected two PFAS compounds in the University Lake and Quarry Reservoir. They detected 11 PFAS compounds in the Cake Creek Reservoir.

Because of this finding, they now test the Cane Creek Reservoir water for 45 PFAS compounds on a quarterly basis.

OWASA cites firefighting foam as one possible source for the contamination, according to its website.

"We do have them in our reservoirs and as they go through our treatment process, you can see again on that dashboard, it takes you through the raw water, which that reservoir supplies, and through the treated drinking water," Hodge said.

He added that PFAS levels are lower in treated drinking water than in raw drinking water.

Currently, there are no regulations at the federal or state level for PFAS mitigation. Instead, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has set certain "health advisory levels," which it most recently updated in June. These guidelines serve as an upper limit for the amount of PFAS to which humans should be exposed.

Leibfarth said he advocates for formal federal regulations on the "forever chemicals."

"I think a great first step would be federal regulations on the five PFAS that the EPA has released," Leibfarth said.

He said the health advisory limits are based on toxicological data and are as evidence-based as possible. In addition to regulations, there are steps people can take in order to reduce their exposure.

Leibfarth said carbon filters, such as those in refrigerator dispensers and Brita devices, can remove PFAS efficiently and are easily accessible to consumers. He added that he has tested such equipment in a lab and found that it efficiently removes PFAS from Orange County water.

In response to the detection of PFAS in drinking water, OWASA has pledged to continue participating in research, leverage federal funding for mitigation efforts and work towards PFAS reduction strategies.

OWASA now conducts PFAS testing several times per year and publishes the results on its website.

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<![CDATA[Office DJ: Songs for a karaoke session]]> Karaoke is a touchy subject.

It's a staple of the Asian household, yet any second-generation kid shudders in fear at the thought of their parents picking up the mic.

I've come home too often to my parents belting their favorite ballads, only to cringe in embarrassment as I retreat to my room each time.

Classics like Cẩm Vân's "Hà Nội Mùa Này Vắng Những Cơn Mưa" and Lệ Quyên's "Để Nhớ Một Thời Ta Đã Yêu" always warrant a rendition when they come on shuffle, according to my parents. They loved ballads from the late 90s and early 2000s that made them nostalgic for the Vietnam they grew up in.

My childhood is made up of the Vietnamese house parties my parents used to drag me to, where they would wear out the staple karaoke machine as I hid with the other kids that were forced to come. We bonded over the sound of our parents screeching "Ước gì" as we ate snacks and played video games in camaraderie. The night would end with my sisters and I begging our parents to go home, bored out of our minds and distressed from the many hours spent listening to tone-deaf performances.

Looking back, I overreacted.

In the midst of my immaturity I failed to see the sacrifices they made in lieu of the home they once knew; the music of their generation was the only thing that didn't cost a plane ticket to retrieve.

When my friends would travel across the country to their grandparents for Thanksgiving and Christmas, my family filled the void with long nights of karaoke and "Paris by Night."

As I've grown older, I've started to acquire a similar perspective on music: that it is a gateway to the memories we want to remember.

This phenomenon of music-evoked nostalgia is a constant reminder that nothing ever stays the same, yet sometimes it makes me believe that I can turn back time.

I'll always be reminded of the last time I saw my childhood friends in Vietnam when I listen to "Em Dạo Này" by Ngọt. "Tóng Huà" by Michael Wong is a go-to when my roommates and I are drunk out of our minds. "Bound 2" is an ode to the weekly road trips I made with my freshman-year friends. And "Out of Time" by The Weeknd will always remind me of my first love.

Funny enough, I've begun to sing in my car as I blast my favorite songs, driven by the same nostalgia-induced dopamine that makes my parents sing their hearts out every day.

I've compiled a playlist of what I've been listening to recently, some of which are my karaoke go-to's. As you carry on, I encourage you to sing your heart out in a karaoke session.



Assistant Data Editor Anh Nguyen in 2007. Photo Courtesy of Anh Nguyen.

<![CDATA[UNC women's basketball uses halftime adjustments to surge past James Madison]]> When the buzzer sounded to mark the end of the first half in the North Carolina women's basketball team's bout against James Madison, the Tar Heels walked into the locker room forced to reckon with an experience they hadn't faced all season - they were losing.

Following three blowout wins to open the season, the Tar Heels struggled early on Sunday against the Dukes and headed into the break with a four-point deficit. Although North Carolina was ultimately able to secure its fourth win, 76-65, the team had to dig deep and look to its leaders to swing the momentum for a late push.

From the beginning of the game, the Dukes' offense gave the Tar Heels fits. UNC junior guard Deja Kelly described the team's defense as "discombobulated" in the first quarter, which allowed JMU to drain five 3-pointers in the first quarter.

Trailing at the break, the Tar Heels knew something needed to change.

Both Kelly and graduate guard Eva Hodgson described the team's talk at halftime as being instrumental to the second-half turnaround. Defense was a major sticking point, as UNC had allowed JMU to take too many high-percentage shots from beyond the arc. Hodgson pointed out that North Carolina's "offense comes from (its) defense," so it was crucial to tighten the defense in order to help shots start to fall.

In the end, though, it was a less analytical shift that allowed the team to flip the switch.

"It was really just the realization of 'We're not losing this game. We're going to do what it takes to not lose it,'" Hodgson said.

When the clock started in the third quarter, Hodgson played with a renewed sense of energy. She had been focusing too much on facilitating the offense in the first half of the game, and in the second half, she began to take things herself.

The new mentality allowed her to capitalize on 3-point opportunities, as she drained three crucial triples late in the third quarter to help the Tar Heels take the lead.

"I just went into that second half with the shooter's mentality of letting it fly," Hodgson said. "Thankfully they were falling which allowed us to gain momentum and kinda just continue us through that second half."

Once Hodgson fell into a steady rhythm, the rest of the team seemed to follow. The Tar Heels started playing better defense and forced their opponents to take harder shots, which held the Dukes to just 32.2 percent shooting in the second half.

For someone like Hodgson, who lists her top priority as "filling the needs of the team," this turnaround was crucial.

"We're a much better team when Eva takes threes," head coach Courtney Banghart said. "We're just a better team that way."

In the second half, Kelly came to life in her own sense. After an extremely quiet first half in which she only put two points on the board, she made a variety of perimeter shots and converted at the foul line to finish with 22 points.

"Our performance today - how we fought and came back to stay in that lead - that was definitely a great test for us," Kelly said.

The gritty road win was an important test for the Tar Heels, as they stare down an intimidating gauntlet of future opponents.

North Carolina will need to showcase this resilience once more as they head to the Phil Knight Invitational later this week to face a ranked Oregon team. Banghart points to this game as essential in the team's preparation for what lies ahead.

"It was a battle - we needed that," she said. "It came down to just a really gritty team finding a way to win."


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UNC junior guard Deja Kelly (25) dribbles the ball during the women's basketball game against TCU on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2022, at Carmicheal Arena. UNC beat TCU 75-48.

<![CDATA[UNC men's basketball displays new cohesive identity in 80-64 win over James Madison]]> The North Carolina men's basketball team took a step forward on Sunday in its 80-64 win over James Madison - and it might all be thanks to an 8.5x11 piece of paper.

After practice on Thursday and, ultimately, in the aftermath of three uninspiring wins over lesser opponents, head coach Hubert Davis asked his team to collectively write down what they wanted their identity to be. On Saturday, the players came to practice with a thought-out list, typed up on a piece of paper and signed by all 18 members of the team.

"It's an agreement, but it's also a promise that through sunny days and cloudy days, that we're going to stick together," Davis said. "That's what we talked about before the game - let's just stick together - I thought they did that today."

This new identity was on display as for the first time all season, as the Tar Heels played a complete game of basketball and led for all 40 minutes against the Dukes. The offense, which had struggled for the first two weeks of the year, seemed to come to life, as the team had its second-highest scoring output of the year and matched its season-high in assists with 14.

Junior guard RJ Davis led UNC in both categories with 21 points and five assists - his highest totals since helping the Tar Heels upset top-seeded Baylor in the NCAA Tournament in March.

"I feel like I have a good IQ of when to pass and when to score," RJ Davis said. "My teammates are a tremendous help of me being able to do that in terms of finding me and taking a good shot, and when I don't have a good shot, I can give it up to them."

On both sides of the floor, the Tar Heels dominated the glass, out-rebounding the Dukes 50 to 34. Senior big man Armando Bacot and graduate wing Leaky Black notched career-highs in rebounds with 23 and 12, respectively.

Then, to finish it off, the defense played as a unit, limiting a James Madison team who previously averaged 105.2 points per game to just 64. Rather than allowing the Dukes to operate their patented perimeter-oriented offense, the Tar Heels forced them to take uncomfortable shots inside the paint, which led to the team shooting a season-low 34.8 percent from the field.

"We weren't doing a really good job of playing good, team defense," Bacot said. "Me and a lot of us were letting our individual play affect us as a team, and I think today we did a great job of helping the helper and then helping that helper. When we're playing defense like that, we're hard to beat."

Having devised what they want their identity to be four games into the season, the Tar Heels need to hold onto that mindset for the rest of the year, especially with a trip to the Phil Knight Invitational in Portland ahead of them.


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<![CDATA[Chapel Hill Town Council funds affordable housing plan, including new PEACH Apartments ]]> The Chapel Hill Town Council unanimously approved a new funding plan for affordable housing at its meeting on Nov. 16, which included a new project called the PEACH Apartments.

PEACH stands for Pine Knolls EMPOWERment Affordable Community Housing. The apartments were proposed by EMPOWERment, Inc., a community development organization in Chapel Hill.

Delores Bailey, the executive director of EMPOWERment, Inc., said the apartments will have 10 units intentionally designed to be multifamily and multigenerational. She said the bottom levels of the development will also be built to be accessible for tenants with disabilities.

"We've created these units just so that they are exactly what somebody would want to live in," Bailey said. "We've taken and paid a lot of attention to the details."

She said the main benefit of the apartments is the opportunity for people earning at or below 30 percent of the Area Median Income to have a place to live.

"What that means is if a person making $7.25 an hour, who is a grocery store bagger or who is a groundskeeper at UNC, they will be able to afford to live in these units," Bailey said.

The Inter-Faith Council for Social Service is another organization involved with the PEACH Apartments project.

IFC participated in the House Us Now! rally in September, which also included EMPOWERment, Inc. and several other community organizations.

Quinton Harper, the director of Activate! IFC, spoke at the meeting and said the funding from the Chapel Hill Town Council was a big step forward for affordable housing locally.

"What we know is that the market will not build housing for low income, for those with no income - it just won't happen," Harper said. "The only way that it has happened and the only way that we can provide housing for all folks in our community is if the government, the Chapel Hill Town Council, steps up as they did to provide financial support to build PEACH Apartments."

He also said he was very appreciative of all the community support the PEACH Apartments and affordable housing overall had at the meeting.

Local activist Danita Mason-Hogans spoke at the meeting and said the council should acknowledge the importance of equity when deciding to fund the project.

She said EMPOWERment, Inc. has cultivated a relationship with marginalized groups who bring knowledge that is essential to the commitment to bring up equity in Chapel Hill.

"I would say that when we're making decisions that impact marginalized people, marginalized people need to be at the table - not only at the table to listen but be in the position to make decisions," she said during the meeting. "If we have these committees, we need to ask who is at the committee, who is at the table making these decisions, and what kind of power have we invested in these people?"

Crystell Ferguson, the community navigation manager at IFC, said she works as a link between sheltered and unsheltered people in Orange County and other programs in the community that fight for affordable housing.

She said the PEACH Apartments will be an important step for affordable housing in Chapel Hill because there is a shortage of affordable housing currently.

"We have people who are staying here when we've stated over and over they can't, but there's nowhere else for them to go," Ferguson said. "They come here and we tell them because we have to follow fire code and we have to have insurance that they can't stay here, so it's like telling someone, 'Hey, go stand out in traffic because there's nowhere for you to go.'"

According to Bailey, the project will break ground sometime in 2023. She said the construction will take about 10 months, and PEACH Apartments will be fully ready in early 2024.

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<![CDATA[No incidents of intimidation or interference reported in OC during 2022 election]]> No incidents of voter intimidation or interference took place in Orange County in the 2022 midterm elections.

Prior to the most recent midterm elections, concerns over election security have left many voters on edge.

In recent years, the issue has gathered more widespread attention as a result of alleged incidents at polling places, including intimidation of voters and poll workers and heated confrontations between campaigning politicians and voters.

During the early voting period and on Election Day this year, the North Carolina State Board of Elections received 21 incident reports regarding the 2022 midterm elections from across the state.

These reports included 12 alleged incidents of voter intimidation, one report of voter interference and eight alleged incidents of election official intimidation.

The reports indicated voters being photographed, an electioneer "harassing" students and a bystander harassing election workers and claiming that early voting is illegal, according to an email from Patrick Gannon, public information director for the NCSBE.

However, he said it is important to keep these numbers in perspective. During the midterm elections, over 3.75 million votes were cast in North Carolina at over 2,650 Election Day polling places and 359 early voting locations.

"Most voters cast their ballot successfully at an orderly polling place, with no issues," Gannon said in the email.

Election security is not much of an issue in Orange County, according to Orange County Board of Elections member Jason Roberts.

Roberts said incidents of voter intimidation and other misconduct in the county are "exceedingly rare." He said this is due to the regulations surrounding polling places.

According to Roberts, a buffer zone of 50 feet separates polling places from campaigners and other bystanders. Only election officials, voters and observers are permitted past this point.

"If there are people who are outside that buffer who are unruly we can call in law enforcement if necessary," he said.

Jamie Cox, the chairperson of the Orange County Board of Elections, also reported that the election went smoothly in Orange County, despite reports of threats and other concerns prior to the election itself.

"We've heard pre-election concerns about the potential for intimidation or violence or other misbehavior at the polling places in almost every election cycle, and it has never really materialized in any significant way," Cox said.

While elections can create a tense and highly emotional environment for campaign staff members and election officials alike, Cox said these confrontations usually take place outside of polling places and are de-escalated before reaching a point at which the police must get involved.

According to Cox, the Orange County Board of Elections has an excellent relationship with local law enforcement, allowing the quick de-escalation of potential threats. Precinct officials are also trained in the de-escalation of situations that might lead to misconduct in polling places.

He also said the OCBOE has an excellent working relationship with officials from both major parties. This allows the board to get in contact with officials quickly in moments of tension, working to collaboratively resolve a situation that might otherwise prove disruptive or even dangerous.

Despite some concerns in the days leading up to the midterm elections, voting in Orange County went smoothly, according to Cox.

"We have an electorate that is aware and involved, and makes for a smooth process," he said.

While incidents of voter intimidation and other election-related confrontations are rare, they are still significant, Gannon explained.

"One incident of voter or election official intimidation is too many, and we will continue to do everything we can to protect voters and election officials," Gannon said.

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<![CDATA[UNC swimming and diving teams face quality competition at Tennessee Invitational]]> The North Carolina swimming and diving team lost to No. 10 Tennessee 280-106 in the men's competition and lost 198-190 in the women's competition at the Tennessee Invitational after the three-day meet in Knoxville, Tenn.

What happened?

The finals on Thursday, Nov. 17 included 11 events. In the women's 200-yard free relay, the North Carolina 'A' team, consisting of sophomore Olivia Nel, graduate Sophie Lindner, sophomore Greer Pattison and fifth-year senior Grace Countie, finished in second with a time of 1:26.99, just .03 seconds behind the University of Virginia's 'B' team.

In the men's 200-yard free relay, the Tar Heels' 'A' team finished fourth behind Tennessee, Virginia and Michigan, the 'B' team placed sixth and the 'C' team eighth.

Junior Patrick Hussey placed fourth in the men's 500-yard free with a time of 4:18.21. Meanwhile, first-year Louis Dramm finished sixth, just over two seconds behind Hussey.

On Friday, the UNC 'A' team of Pattison, Countie, Nel and sophomore Skyler Smith placed first in the women's 200-yard medley relay, dropping 2.15 seconds off its entry time and finishing in 1:36.04. The men's 'A' team placed fifth in the 200-yard medley, dropping 2.56 seconds from its entry time.

Junior Boyd Poelke placed second in the men's 100-yard fly behind Tennessee's Jordan Crooks.

In the men's 200-yard freestyle final, senior Tomas Sungiala placed second and Dramm finished just one spot behind him in third, with times of 1:34.63 and 1:34.95, respectively.

Virginia's Kate Douglass pulled away from UNC senior Ellie Vannote in the women's 100-yard butterfly, placing first and finishing just under two seconds ahead of Vannote.

On the final day of the invitational, UNC's Lindner finished second in the women's 200-yard backstroke with a time of 1:53.46, three seconds behind Tennessee's Josephi Fuller who dropped two seconds from her preliminary time.

Virginia dominated the women's 200-yard breast stroke, a race in which Douglass came in first with a new American record of 2:03.57 and Virginia swept the top three. North Carolina sophomore Skylar Smith and junior Kat Ward placed seventh and eighth, respectively.

Who stood out?

On the men's side, Hussey impressed with two top-five finishes in the 500-yard free and the 400-yard individual medley. Dramm also stood out, with strong performances in the 500-yard free and 200-yard free.

On the women's side, junior diver Aranza Vazquez scored a 375.00 in the three-meter diving final, finishing second behind South Carolina's Brooke Schultz.

Lindner was a another standout on the women's side, helping the Tar Heels to a second place finish in the 200-yard free relay, while dropping five seconds from the relay team's preliminary time.

When was it decided?

The Tennessee Volunteers dominated the meet from the start. The Volunteers defeated two ranked opponents on the men's side and two on the women's, with the only loss being to No. 1 Virginia in the women's competition.

Why does it matter?

The Tennessee Invitational provided an early-season test for both the men's and women's teams, who are ranked No. 23 and No. 17, respectively. The meet featured No. 1 Virginia, No. 7 Tennessee and No. 14 Michigan on the women's side, and No. 9 Virginia, No. 13 Tennessee and No. 16 Michigan on the men's side.

As conference meets begin in the spring season, the Tar Heels will look to build on their performance in the Tennessee Invitational and continue their strong start to the campaign.

When do they play next?

The Tar Heels' next meet is on Jan. 20 against N.C. State and Virginia in Chapel Hill. The meet starts at 5 p.m.


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<![CDATA[University and business school professors motion to dismiss discrimination suit]]> Update Monday, Nov. 21 at 2:10 p.m.: This story has been updated to reflect response from the Angelica Rose Brown's lawyer.

On Nov. 18, the University and three UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School professors filed motion to dismiss Angelica Rose Brown's discrimination lawsuit.

Brown - a former UNC Kenan-Flagler graduate student - filed a federal lawsuit against the University, three professors and the UNC Board of Governors in late August. The 10 counts include allegations of race discrimination, unlawful retaliation and Civil Rights Act violations.

In court documents to dismiss the case, University counsel said any issues between Brown and the professors were focused on research projects and were not linked to her race.

"While the research in question involved issues of race, the content of the research does not transform an academic disagreement with Brown into racial discrimination," the documents, filed in the United States District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina, said.

The three professors had a "less than ideal working relationship with Brown," the documents said.

The defendants claim Brown failed to allege facts that "reasonably infer" that the University and professors are liable.

Judge William Osteen Jr. was assigned the case and will likely decide whether to grant or dismiss the motions.

Artur Davis, an attorney for Brown, said in an email statement that a motion to dismiss was expected as they are common in complex discrimination cases.

"We look forward to briefing this case in the next few weeks and hope and expect that Judge Osteen will let Ms. Brown move forward with putting witnesses under oath," he said.

Davis said lawsuits are not known for moving quickly, but he said their team is hopeful for a ruling on the motions in early 2023.

This is a developing story. Check back here for updates.



<![CDATA[The seniors that guided UNC field hockey to a national championship]]> Erin Matson

Throughout her career at UNC, Matson has proven herself to be the best field hockey player in UNC history, and arguably college history. In 2021, the ACC Network named her as one of the top female athletes in conference history. That's no surprise - Matson's five ACC Championships are more than any other program currently in the conference. She has also been named the ACC Offensive Player of the Year five years in a row, making her the only player in league history to hold this accolade for five consecutive years across any sport.

Matson finds herself sitting atop the UNC career goals list with 137, with a margin of more than 50 goals above the second-place holder. Matson also leads the pack in terms of career points, finishing her career with 337 points through 101 games.

She became the all-time leader in points and goals in NCAA Tournament play during Friday's semifinal win against Penn State. As a dynamic forward, Matson sits in the third spot of the all-time NCAA Division I goal leaderboard. Scoring as many as four goals in a single game this season, Matson's explosive offense was a spark for North Carolina across her five years in Chapel Hill. She's also been a featured piece for the U.S. National Team since 2017.

With 1:19 left in the championship game against Northwestern, Matson again proved pivotal by scoring the game-winning goal off a ball from fellow senior Paityn Wirth, earning her the Most Outstanding Player award.

Meredith Sholder

Sholder has been a versatile weapon for the Tar Heels throughout her five years playing in Chapel Hill. She was named the 2022 ACC Defensive Player of the Year and ACC Tournament MVP and was a first-team All-ACC selection.

Excluding her redshirt year, Sholder played in every game in her six years at UNC and made herself a critical presence in the Tar Heel defense. She is commonly referred to by head coach Karen Shelton as UNC's "unsung hero."

Sholder, also a member of the U.S. National Team, was responsible for 14 goals throughout her career. Her 17 assists have come at times when the Tar Heels needed them the most. She had three assists in the Final Four during her sophomore year and assisted the game-winning goal in the 2018 National Championship. Sholder's all-around athleticism was crucial to North Carolina's success during her time as a Tar Heel, and she was also a three-time All-ACC Academic Team selection.

Romea Riccardo

Riccardo has been a consistent starter and back line powerhouse for the Tar Heels during her time in Chapel Hill. She tallied 22 assists and one goal through 81 games, of which Riccardo started 78.

Like Sholder, Riccardo's assists often came at clutch moments. She assisted on the game-winning goal during a regular season matchup against Boston College in 2019, as well as in the second quarter of UNC's NCAA Quarterfinal game against Saint Joseph's this season. She scored the first goal of her UNC career in a win against Duke in 2020. Her stat sheet records may not stand out, but Riccardo's presence on the back line has been crucial for the Tar Heels.

During the 2020-2021 season, her 0.50 assists per game tied the ACC lead. She established herself as one of the team's leading stick-stoppers and quickly became a team leader in assists during her three years of action on the field. Riccardo has announced she will use her extra year of eligibility to return next season.

Paityn Wirth

As a Penn State transfer, Wirth did not shy away from becoming a huge asset for the Tar Heels during her three years of play with North Carolina. In the national championship game against Northwestern, she cemented her place in UNC history by assisting Erin Matson on the game-winning goal.

In her first season at UNC, she played in all 20 games and was responsible for six goals and nine assists. Wirth finished the season tied for second in both categories amongst the 2020-2021 UNC team. She was also named to the 2021-2022 U.S. National Team.

Throughout her North Carolina career, Wirth put the ball in the cage 13 times and racked up 21 assists. Notably, she was responsible for the push-in on the penalty corner on Matson's game-winning goal in the 2021 ACC Championship against Virginia.

Wirth rounded out her senior season with five goals and nine assists. Wirth had the second highest number of assists during the 2022 season behind Matson and finished fourth in the team rankings for points. She was responsible for a huge goal in the 48th minute of UNC's NCAA Semifinal game against Penn State that secured the Tar Heels' spot in the National Championship. Wirth has an extra year of eligibility but hasn't announced whether or not she will return.

Madison Orobono

Orobono started every game during her career at North Carolina and established herself as an essential center back for UNC. She accounted for two goals and 15 assists on the field. And, in her junior season, she tied for second on the team in assists.

Her stick stop prior to Matson's game-winning goal in the 2021 ACC Championship demonstrated her versatility to create plays on the offensive and defensive side of the ball. Orobono was named to the All-ACC Tournament Team during her first year and tallied her first career assist during a regular season game against Duke that same year.

Orobono has proved herself to be an essential part of UNC's roster throughout her four year stint as a Tar Heel. Orobono was also named to the U.S. National Team in 2021. Orobono has an extra year of eligibility but hasn't announced whether or not she will return.


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UNC field hockey team celebrates their National Chamiponship victory against No. 3 Northwestern on Sunday, Nov. 20, 2022, at George J. Sherman Sports Complex in Storrs, Conn. UNC won 2-1.

<![CDATA[Column: Covering Erin Matson, the greatest of all time]]> It's hard to cover Erin Matson.

Her reverse shots and eyes-in-the-back-of-her-head vision have proved nearly unstoppable for five years now. Matson has accrued five consecutive ACC Offensive Player of the Year accolades and four NCAA titles. As of Sunday, she's scored the game-winning goal in her last two national championship games.

As a beat writer for UNC this season, I sympathize with the struggles of field hockey defenses across the nation.

I, too, can't cover Erin Matson.

I've sought out countless colleagues for advice on accurately portraying a player of her caliber, but to no avail. As the ACC's all-time career leader in goals and points, there's very little you can write about Matson that isn't redundant. The accolades and record-breaking performances speak for themselves.

Time after time, I had an article about the Tar Heels' defense or a breakout performance from a bench player typed up on my laptop. Then, Matson scores a hat trick (she's had 13 in her career), and I have to shift my focus to yet another one of her stunning offensive displays.

Possibly the most difficult part of my job is getting Matson to brag about herself. She simply won't do it. Matson consistently attributes her success to her team. She says the UNC coaching staff takes care of the "little things" so the awards "take care of themselves."

This season, I covered several record-breaking performances by Matson. Each time, I was reluctant to ask her about her most recent feat because I knew the answer would be the same - she didn't care. She doesn't look at that stuff.

This laser focus on her program's success could be seen following her team's 5-2 win in the NCAA Quarterfinals. Sitting in the Karen Shelton Stadium theater room, Matson barely batted an eye when she was informed she moved to third in all-time Division I career goals.

She told me she "didn't know that was a thing" before offering up a sarcastic "Woohoo!"

"I'm happy with what I've done and everything," Matson said. "We're not finished yet. So I'm just going to keep doing what I'm doing. So is the rest of the team, and that record is awesome and great, but unless we're holding the trophy at the end of the year, I don't think any of us will be satisfied. So we'll see."

Seated beside the NCAA media room following the NCAA Championship, Matson seemed a bit more relaxed. Posed with a cigar in her mouth and holding the NCAA trophy, she recreated Michael Jordan's iconic photo with the Chicago Bulls. Instead of a three, though, she held up a four.

Still, even as Matson cemented herself in history in Friday's semifinal as the all-time leading scorer in NCAA Tournament play, many online trolls have tried to discredit her dominance. They say that all of this is due to her extra year of COVID eligibility. There are Twitter replies and Instagram comments full of doubters who wish to put an asterisk beside Matson's many records.

When asked about this on Nov. 4 after securing her fifth ACC Championship, Matson acknowledged that "she doesn't get too wrapped up in it," but she finds the remarks "comical."

"You see tweets and stuff like that, and you see people clapping back like, 'Oh yea, it's only because of the COVID rule,'" she said. "Well, ok fine, we have four years now of people who can do it. Let's see how many people can do it, because it's still rare."

After struggling to cover Matson all season long, Sunday's national championship and Matson's Most Outstanding Player performance in her last NCAA tournament make one thing easier than ever to write: she's the greatest of all time.

No asterisk needed.


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UNC senior forward, Erin Matson (1), hits the ball during the game against No. 3 Northwestern on Sunday, Nov. 20, 2022. UNC won 2-1.

<![CDATA[A look at the toughest games in UNC field hockey's championship season ]]> Before claiming the national championship in Storrs, Conn. this weekend, the North Carolina field hockey team went undefeated in the regular season and in ACC Championship play, earning an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

The Tar Heels won all 15 of their regular season games - eight at Karen Shelton Stadium and seven on the road - and won both games in the ACC Championship.

Here are some of the toughest hurdles they faced on their road to the title:

The ACC-Big 10 challenge saw North Carolina face off against then-No. 3 Michigan to open the regular season on Aug. 26. First-year Ashley Sessa scored a hat trick on six shots on goal in a dominant 5-1 win in Winston-Salem.

UNC carried that momentum into its next game against then-No. 5 Iowa two days later. The Hawkeyes pulled ahead early, leading 2-0 at the half. But goals from sophomore Lisa Slinkert and first-year Sietske Brüning helped the Tar Heels force overtime, where senior Erin Matson needed only four minutes to put away the game-winning goal.

North Carolina's marquee matchups continued, with a thrilling 4-3 home opener against Princeton on Sept. 2. The two teams traded goals throughout the first half, with the Tar Heels carrying a 3-2 lead into the break. Princeton pulled back with a late goal in the final minute, but an insurance goal from Matson two minutes prior sealed UNC's third consecutive win.

The Tar Heels saw another top-15 matchup on Sept. 23, this time facing off against Wake Forest in Chapel Hill. A masterful performance from the defense saw UNC record its fifth consecutive shutout. Meanwhile, a second-half brace from Matson helped carry the team to its eighth straight victory.

The field hockey team closed the regular season against Duke in Durham on Oct. 29. The Tar Heels' defense held the Blue Devils to just four shots as they coasted to the ACC regular season title.

After a semifinal win against Syracuse, UNC also went on to clinch the ACC Championship title in Durham with a 3-2 win against Virginia on Nov. 4. The Tar Heels outshot the Cavaliers 18 to 5, with a brace from first-year Ryleigh Heck putting them in front at 3-1 with three minutes to go. A late-game goal from Virginia's Laura Janssen wasn't enough to keep Karen Shelton from lifting her 24th ACC Championship trophy - and the Tar Heels' fifth straight.

After a spotless regular season and a strong showing in the ACC Championship, North Carolina's field hockey team set itself up well for the NCAA Tournament. Their offense put up five goals in the first and second rounds against Delaware and Saint Joseph's, respectively. Their dominant wins helped the Tar Heels clinch their 26th Final Four appearance, where they went on to claim their 10th National Championship.


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<![CDATA[UNC field hockey avenges last year's loss to Northwestern in defining championship win]]> STORRS, Conn. - Despite her best efforts, head coach Karen Shelton couldn't reign in her team's excitement following their national championship win.

Finally, she broke.

"I love you guys but we've got to shake their hands," she said, before being lifted into the air by her boisterous team.

The scene couldn't have been more different from the last time UNC matched up against Northwestern.

In 2021, North Carolina faced the Wildcats in a 2-0 loss in Iowa City, Iowa, a loss that UNC senior forward Paityn Wirth described as "heartbreaking." The game knocked the Tar Heels out in the first round of the NCAA Tournament - disrupting a streak of three straight national titles.

On Sunday, Wirth made sure that UNC wouldn't face that same heartbreak again.

After Northwestern got on the board with two minutes remaining off of a penalty corner shot from fifth-year senior Bente Baekers, Wirth raced down the field and found Erin Matson less than 40 seconds later. Matson punched in the late goal to earn UNC's 10th national title with a score of 2-1.

"(Wirth got the ball) on cage I was just lucky enough to get a touch on it to catch the goalie a little off-balance," Matson said. "Nothing flashy about it. All it says on the scoreboard is 2-1. That's all that matters."

Despite UNC dominating possession and putting nine shots on goal to Northwestern's one, the game ultimately came down to the wire.

The Wildcats earned their first corner of the game with just over two minutes remaining - and Baekers made the most of this late opportunity for the self-proclaimed "Cardiac 'Cats." The fifth-year stepped forward to deliver a searing shot, smacking the ball into the back left corner of the goal and past UNC sophomore goalkeeper Abigail Taylor.

"Their corner execution was brilliant," Shelton said. "We knew that was coming and it was a really hard corner to stop."

Despite the late-game push, the Tar Heels were ready. Upon seeing Baekers' shot go in, Wirth turned immediately to Matson.

"I said, 'We are not losing this. We are not losing this game,'" Wirth said. "And (Matson) was like, 'Hell no, we're not.'"

With just over a minute and a half remaining, senior back Romea Riccardo stripped the ball away from Baekers in the backfield. Seconds later, she delivered an aerial pass to ignite what would become the game-winning play.

Wirth admits that she partially "blacked out for a minute," but quickly tuned in when she received the pass. Running through her mind was "corner, corner, corner" as she could feel the clock ticking down.

Crossing over to the left, Wirth passed the ball through the legs of Northwestern's Kayla Blas. After juking her defender, she put a ball on the goal, hoping Matson would be there.

"I did not see her tip," Wirth said. "But I heard it hit the back of the cage and was like, 'Let's go!'"

While this late goal may seem like a lucky break, the Tar Heels credit it to their composure. Huddling as a team after the tying goal, UNC first-year Ryleigh Heck remembered seeing the confident looks on her teammates' faces. Senior midfielder Meredith Sholder said that after practicing late-game situations throughout the season, the team wasn't scared.

"When Northwestern scored that goal we brought it in," she said. "I think that's what is the moving point in our season this year is that no one got frustrated with each other. Everyone knew that we supported each other and we were going to do what it took to fight for each other, and that's exactly what we did."

UNC's finish on Sunday showed the exact opposite of the "complacency" Shelton blames for the team's early exit last year.

This season, as the NCAA team trophies were being lined up in anticipation of the game's end, the Tar Heels took the championship into their own hands.

"I told you before that the team last year that we lost to, Northwestern, we would not lose to them again," Wirth said. "And my word stands by that."


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The UNC field hockey team lifts head coach Karen Shelton while celebrating their victory after the NCAA Field Hockey Championship game against Northwestern in Storrs, Conn. on Sunday, Nov. 20, 2022. UNC beat Northwestern 2-1.

<![CDATA[Penalty corner goal sets UNC field hockey up for national championship victory]]> STORRS, Conn.- The North Carolina penalty corner has been a work in progress.

UNC has only scored on 20 of its 145 penalty corners this season. The Tar Heels rank first in the nation in scoring average and scoring margin, but their penalty corner production isn't even in the top 20.

On Sunday, in the NCAA title game, the Tar Heels got a penalty corner when they needed it most thanks to their trick play "tunnel".

Two minutes into the second quarter, senior forward Erin Matson drew a penalty corner on the right side of the cage. As per usual, first-year midfielder Ashley Sessa jogged to the baseline to set up the Tar Heels' second penalty corner in two minutes.

Sessa pushed it in to senior back Romea Riccardo. Riccardo had the stick-stop and passed it to first-year back Sietske Brüning. Brüning, with first-year forward Ryleigh Heck waiting on the penalty stroke marker, sent it down the middle, and Heck deflected the ball high into the goal. This gave the Tar Heels a 1-0 lead that set the momentum for most of the matchup.

"Me and Sietske have a connection on corners," Heck said. "Practice makes it better in games, and it was successful today. Thank God."

The "tunnel" play was first seen in North Carolina's ACC Championship semifinal game against Syracuse and then was put on display two days later in the ACC Championship against Virginia. It helped UNC earn an ACC Championship earlier this month, and it helped the team get out to an early lead in the NCAA Championship on Sunday.

"Everybody keys in on Erin, so we draw one runner to Erin, and we pass to Sietske, who finds Ryleigh," Shelton said. "It's a set piece, and there's different ways to do it."

On Friday, the Tar Heels went 0-5 on penalty corners against Penn State in their NCAA Tournament semifinal matchup. In their final showing of the season, UNC went back to what has had proven success throughout the postseason - the "tunnel" play. While North Carolina's versatility on penalty corner plays remains a constant threat, the play's success in the postseason is astounding.

"We practice all kinds of options," head coach Karen Shelton said. "It's well-executed (tunnel). Ryleigh's got a nice knack for touching the ball. Sietske has a very consistent delivery with her sweep."

Northwestern tied the NCAA Championship later with a successful penalty corner of their own. This late Wildcat goal would've given them the lead if not for "tunnel".

The Tar Heels have been dominant all season, and there have been numerous penalty corners run throughout each game. With the Sietske-to-Heck connection only beginning in the ACC Championship, it seems as if Shelton had this specific play up her sleeve for North Carolina's important upcoming games.

Even though "tunnel" wasn't used until the last handful of games in the season, it came in clutch during times of need. It propelled the Tar Heels through the ACC Championship and played a huge role in their National Championship victory. With Heck and Brüning both returning next season, the play is sure to make a return to the Tar Heels' playbook.

Tricking opponents is something that North Carolina was forced to do against the heavyweight contenders in the NCAA Tournament, and it was executed perfectly once again in the National Championship.

"I'm proud of our kids," Shelton said. They (Northwestern) executed one and so did we. It's the way we draw it up."


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<![CDATA[No. 13 UNC women's basktball sneaks past James Madison, 76-65, to remain unbeaten]]> The No. 13 North Carolina women's basketball team (4-0) persevered over unranked James Madison (3-2) on the road on Sunday afternoon, 76-65.

What happened?

JMU started with an aggressive approach that led to two fouls within the first two minutes. UNC took advantage and took an early lead. However, the tables quickly turned when Peyton McDaniel scored eight points to help the Dukes take an 11-7 lead.

UNC junior guard Kennedy Todd-Williams converted on two free throws to bring the lead down, and the Tar Heels had it all tied by the under-five-minute mark. Junior wings Alyssa Utsby built off this momentum, scoring three consecutive layups and stretching UNC's lead to 17-14.

However, the Dukes didn't let it go, with Kiki Jefferson's third layup of the day tying the score again. The quarter ended at a 19-19 tie.

Utsby broke the tie in UNC's favor, bringing her total to 10 points in the game. But Jefferson also hit double figures soon after, and the game remained even.

With less than a minute left, the tides turned in JMU's favor. Jefferson ended the quarter with a deep three that gave JMU a four-point lead that UNC immediately brought back down to a one point lead, but Jefferson made one more shot to re-establish a 34-30 score.

Both teams had trouble making the first shot of the second half, but it eventually went to junior guard Deja Kelly with a three to make it a one-point game. With that shot, North Carolina took its first lead of the second half with another three from Kelly and a shot from Todd-Williams to bring it to a 37-36 game.

The succession of ties broke again to end the third quarter, this time in North Carolina's favor. Tied at 46, Kelly sunk both foul shots to make it a 47-46 lead, and stole the ball from JMU in the next play. Redshirt senior guard Eva Hodgson made another three to finally give UNC a 50-46 lead, and JMU only scored one more point before the quarter ended.

UNC finally established a seven-point 54-47 lead early in the fourth quarter with shots from both Hodgson and junior forward Anya Poole. After that, they kept the lead above four points. While JMU tried to close the gap, UNC hit its stride and ended the game with a 76-65 win.

Who stood out?

Kelly started the game slow, but her second half performance, especially in the fourth quarter, was essential to the UNC victory. She scored nine out of her 10 free throws, having the most attempts of the team. Thirteen of her 22 total points were made in the fourth quarter.

Jefferson kept the Tar Heels on their toes throughout the game, scoring both shots that gave JMU the lead going into the half. She made 20 points for JMU by the end of the third quarter, and ended the game with 30 points.

When was it decided?

The game was tight for three quarters, with neither team exceeding a four-point lead. UNC's lead in the fourth quarter swung the game in the team's favor. The game was close enough that a scoring run by JMU could have put them back in position for the win. However, UNC hung on, extending the lead to a 76-65 win.

Why does it matter?

The Tar Heels came into their fourth game undefeated and ranked in the top 20. Their next game is the Phil Knight Invitational, which pits UNC against other ranked teams for the first time this season. Following the Invitational, the games only get more difficult, so heading into a harder stretch undefeated will help the team build momentum.

When do they play next?

The Tar Heels will next play Oregon in the Phil Knight Invitational on Thursday at 5 p.m.


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<![CDATA[UNC men's basketball bounces back in big win over James Madison, 80-64]]> The No. 1 North Carolina men's basketball team (4-0) defeated James Madison (4-1), 80-64, in the Dean E. Smith Center on Sunday afternoon.

What happened?

The Tar Heels jumped out to a quick 5-0 lead after fifth-year forward Leaky Black found graduate forward Pete Nance inside for an open layup, followed by a free throw and a layup from senior forward Armando Bacot.

The Dukes got on the board with a three-pointer from guard Takal Molson over junior guard Caleb Love. On the next possession, junior guard RJ Davis swung it to a wide open Love at the top of the key, who answered with a triple of his own over Molson.

UNC continued to stifle James Madison on the inside, leading to Davis being fouled on a fastbreak. After he hit both free throws, the Tar Heels forced another tough shot, and Davis took it coast to coast, muscling his way inside for a contested layup.

Junior wing Puff Johnson checked into the game for the first time this season, eliciting a spirited applause from fans. The Dukes continued to only find success from the outside, with all 12 of their early points coming from downtown. After Molson hit another three, Black responded with a corner triple.

First-year guard Seth Trimble checked into the game at the under 12 and muscled his way inside for a left-handed layup. On the next play, Davis zinged the ball to Trimble in the corner, who hit his first career collegiate three-pointer to extend the lead to 24-12.

The teams continued to trade downtown shots, with James Madison forward Julien Wooden connecting from downtown, followed by Nance hitting a corner three off an assist from Love. Davis hit another three to extend the lead to 33-17.

Highlights to close out the half included Bacot showing off some handle, spinning his way to a right-hand layup after starting from the top of the key. Additionally, sophomore guard D'Marco Dunn hit a three from the right wing, followed by Davis scoring a three in isolation with a crossover pull-up three from the right wing. The Tar Heels led 45-26 at halftime.

The Dukes came out in the second half firing on all cylinders with a 14-4 run, trimming the deficit to single digits at 40-49. Timely shots from Nance, Bacot and Black helped UNC maintain a nine-point lead, but James Madison continued to scrap for second chance points.

As the game got more physical towards the end, with both teams registering several fouls, the Tar Heels began to gradually pull away at the free throw line. The exclamation point of the game was when Johnson hit a three from the left wing. A few plays later, Johnson scored an and-one layup on a fast break.

Who stood out?

Bacot posted an impressive double-double, scoring 19 points and grabbing 23 rebounds on 5-11 shooting. He also shot significantly better from the charity stripe, going 9-12 on free throws. Additionally, Davis led the backcourt with 21 points and five assists.

Molson shined for James Madison, scoring 19 points, including shooting 3-6 from downtown.

When was it decided?

Though the Tar Heels held a commanding 19-point lead at halftime, they appeared to look complacent during the second half - settling for difficult shots, moving the ball less and reducing defensive intensity.

The Dukes managed to cut the lead to single digits with under eight minutes to go. It was only until the final seven minutes of the game where the Tar Heels seemed to dial back in, with Bacot and Davis leading the way on offense.

Why does it matter?

It's been a rather lackluster start to the Tar Heels' season, with first-half defensive woes plaguing UNC in non-conference play. During the first half, North Carolina's performances on both ends of the floor showcased a more accurate representation of what this group is capable of.

Bacot notched a double-double in the first half. Davis made timely passes and scored in isolation, true to his floor general role. On offense, the Tar Heels made open shots and didn't force contested ones, and on defense, they stymied the Dukes into uncomfortable shots.

When do they play next?

The Tar Heels will travel to Oregon this Thursday for the Phil Knight Invitational, where they will face Portland and either Iowa State or Villanova. Tip-off against Portland is at 1 p.m.


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<![CDATA[UNC wrestling falls to No. 4 Ohio State for second consecutive top-five loss]]> The No. 17 UNC wrestling team dropped its second consecutive match against a top-five opponent on Sunday, falling 33-9 to No. 4 Ohio State.

What happened?

The match began with the 165-pound bout between Nicholas Fea of UNC and Carson Kharchla of Ohio State. Fea took a two-point lead early in the contest with a takedown and added another four points with a near fall. Kharchla dominated the second period, and the No. 6 wrestler in the weight class won by decision, 12-8.

In the highest-ranked dual of the match, UNC's No. 5 Clay Lautt battled Ohio State's No. 6 Ethan Smith in the 174-pound weight class. It was a gritty match, with neither wrestler scoring a point in the first two periods. Smith earned an escape point early in the third and rode that to a 2-0 decision.

The 184-pound match pitted No. 13 Gavin Kane of UNC against No. 4 Kaleb Romero. Ohio State continued its dominance with Romero earning a 6-4 decision win and extending the Buckeye lead to 9-0.

Ohio State did not relent. A 7-3 decision win for No. 15 Gavin Hoffman over Max Shaw in the 197 weight class gave the Buckeyes a 12-0 start to the contest.

Heavyweight No. 7 Tate Orndorff put a stamp on the match with a victory by fall in the second period. The six points extended Ohio State's lead to 18-0 as the teams left the mat for the break.

Coming out of the break, the 125-pound dual saw Jack Wagner of North Carolina battle No. 11 Malik Heinselman. Wagner got up early in the second period with a one-point escape, but a last-minute takedown delivered Hainselman the victory. After six matches, the Tar Heels were losing 21-0.

Another fall victory for Ohio State came in the 133-pound bout, as No. 13 Jesse Mendez dominated the entire dual and handed the Buckeyes another six points.

No. 25 Lachlan McNeil finally got the Tar Heels on the board in the 141-pound division. Tied with No. 7 Dylan D'Emilio throughout the entire third period, the crowd erupted as McNeil earned a two-point takedown with ten seconds remaining. The 9-7 decision win put the Tar Heels on the board with three points.

Ohio State added another fall win in the 149-pound division, and the last dual of the match was won by UNC's Sincere Bailey by forfeit.

Who stood out?

McNeil's victory prevented the shutout in the eighth dual of the match. His hard-fought win was the lone bright spot in an otherwise lackluster performance from UNC.

When was it decided?

Lautt's defeat in the second match put the Tar Heels down six, a deficit they were unable to climb out of. Lautt is UNC's top-ranked wrestler and largely depended on for his three points. His defeat was the second of two hard-fought losses to begin the match, and Ohio State dominated the rest of the way.

Why does it matter?

The defeat is another disappointing mark on UNC's early season record. After earning a victory against Campbell to begin the season, the Tar Heels have now been dominated in two matches against premiere wrestling programs.

How the Tar Heels respond to this disappointment will determine the success of their season. They are still ranked in the top 25 and are expected to contend for an ACC title. Playing these types of opponents early in the season should prepare them for later bouts against Virginia Tech and NC State.

When do they play next?

The Tar Heels will take a month's break and return to Carmichael on Dec. 15 to battle the Mountaineers of Appalachian State.


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<![CDATA[UNC field hockey claims tenth NCAA title with 2-1 triumph over Northwestern]]> STORRS, Conn.- The No. 1 North Carolina field hockey team (21-0) defeated the Northwestern Wildcats (20-5) to clinch the national championship with a final score of 2-1 on Sunday.

What happened?

The first quarter of the title game was very similar to the Tar Heels' semifinal game against Penn State. North Carolina had substantial offensive pressure and had four shots on goal compared to Northwestern's zero but the Tar Heels could not convert. After two unsuccessful penalty corners and one penalty stroke, the buzzer sounded and the first quarter came to a close with zeros for both teams on the scoreboard.

The second quarter started on a similar note with North Carolina pushing offensively and creating two penalty corner opportunities in the first two minutes. The first ended unsuccessfully, with a shot by first-year midfielder and back Sietske Brüning being saved by Northwestern goalkeeper Annabel Skubisz. The second, however, ended with the first goal of the game, as Brüning found first-year midfielder and forward Ryleigh Heck at the penalty stroke marker with her stick down. Brüning sent it in and the deflection off Heck's stick gave the Tar Heels a 1-0 lead.

The remainder of the second period was stagnant for both teams, and North Carolina went into the locker room up one.

The third quarter was slow in the early minutes, but UNC had consistent offensive possession. Matson drew a penalty corner, but Heck and Sessa could not capitalize on their chances. The third quarter was relatively light with action with only three Tar Heel shots. North Carolina maintained its one-goal lead throughout the third quarter and held Northwestern scoreless.

The fourth quarter began with a burst of Wildcat momentum. Northwestern fifth-year forward Bente Baekers had a gaping net, but the pass missed her stick. The Wildcats buzzed early, getting their first shot of the game four minutes into the final quarter. Baekers hammered a shot towards the cage but it went wide left. Northwestern earned a late penalty corner with two minutes to go, and a massive shot from Baekers knotted the game at one.

39 seconds later, Wirth drove down the field and found Matson who punched it in for North Carolina and secured a 2-1 victory.

Who stood out?

The North Carolina defense had an exceptional last outing, allowing only one shot on goal the entire game. This is the second time the Tar Heels have held an NCAA Tournament opponent to zero shots in the first half, as Saint Joseph's did not get a shot off until the third period in UNC's quarterfinal game.

Heck had a huge last game as a first-year, picking up a goal in the second quarter off a penalty corner. Brüning had the assist to set up the deflection. Matson scored the game-winning goal in her final game as a Tar Heel off a last minute assist from Wirth.

When was it decided?

The Tar Heels came out swinging and held offensive pressure throughout the four quarters. Despite the game seeming over, Northwestern crawled back in with two minutes remaining. With overtime on the horizon, the Tar Heels put it away with 1:19 left off the goal from Matson. The Tar Heels seemed to have it in the bag early, but the late push from the Wildcats forced the extra effort from North Carolina until the buzzer sounded.

Why does it matter?

This is the Tar Heels' first undefeated season since 2019, and their fifth undefeated season as a program. This game brings seniors Matson and Sholder's college career to a close. This win also gives North Carolina its tenth national title, more than any other Division I program in collegiate field hockey history.

<![CDATA[UNC gets caught up in trap game against underdog opponent Georgia Tech]]> All week, the North Carolina football team preached the dangers of underestimating an opponent.

It was a needed message for the Tar Heels, who had won six straight games and may have been tempted to look ahead to future matchups against N.C. State and Clemson rather than focus on Georgia Tech.

But UNC still fell into the trap despite the preparation, losing to the Yellow Jackets 21-17, getting shut out in the second half and giving up 21 unanswered points, showcasing what head coach Mack Brown thought was an "immature team."

"I think what (Coach Brown) is referring to is that we kind of took them not seriously and got a little bit overconfident," junior linebacker Cedric Gray said. "All season long we've been in close games, and we've won them. Everybody's just like 'Oh whatever, we're just going to win,' and it caught up to us."

As Gray said, UNC had been in a one-score game six times this season, and six times they had come out on top.

But on Saturday, when the Tar Heels found themselves in their seventh game separated by one score, the North Carolina sideline thought they knew how it would end - with redshirt first-year quarterback Drake Maye leading a game-winning drive.

Unlike those previous six games, though, Maye couldn't get it done, as he finished with a season-low 202 passing yards and didn't score a touchdown for the first time all year.

"It starts with me. This offense starts with me," Maye said. "It's my job to move us down the field and score points and we didn't do that tonight, and it's any given Saturday in college football and I gotta do my job."

Even so, the defense had several chances late in the fourth quarter to get a stop and put the ball back in the hands of Maye, something they'd been able to do most of the season.

However, their expectations came back to haunt them.

North Carolina had Georgia Tech on the ropes, with the Yellow Jackets facing a third down with 3:11 left in the game. On the blitz, it seemed as if UNC had Georgia Tech quarterback Zach Gibson contained in the backfield, but Gibson was able to dump it off to running back Hassan Hall, who proceeded to pick up the first down.

Then again, after a false start penalty, the Yellow Jackets had a third down with nine yards to go and just over two minutes left on the clock, giving plenty of time for the Tar Heels to flip possession and march down the field.

Again though, the UNC defense got ahead of itself and let Hall run past them to pick up the first down, allowing Georgia Tech to eventually run out the rest of the clock.

"At times, we played the best defense we played all year," Brown said. "That's what's sad about us not playing as a team. We haven't played as a team all year. We've played quarters, we don't play games."

The loss was only UNC's second of the year, but as Brown, Gray, and Maye spoke, the tone of their voice spoke volumes - they knew they let the game slip away.

They knew that there was no reason why they should've been unable to score again after going up 17-0 with 3:13 remaining in the first half.

They knew that allowing 21 unanswered points to a team that had scored as many points in an entire game just four previous times this season was unacceptable.

Still, they have a game against an in-state rival and the ACC Championship game coming up in the next two weeks. Despite the stumble on Saturday, there's still more football to play.

"This team, this school hadn't won nine games many times in its history," Brown said. "These kids have done an unbelievable job."


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<![CDATA[Patterson connects with Dahlien twice to lead UNC women's soccer past BYU in round of 16]]> Avery Patterson may not have found the back of the net in North Carolina's 3-2 victory over BYU, but UNC's leading goalscorer found plenty of other ways to help her team win on Sunday.

The junior assisted on all three of the Tar Heels' goals in the round-of-16 matchup at Dorrance Field, helping propel her team to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Women's Soccer Championship.

Earlier in the season, UNC's leading goalscorer said she may not have been so selfless.

Head coach Anson Dorrance said Patterson has always been extremely talented, but the next step in her development was to become more of a team-oriented player. As the left wingback in UNC's new 3-5-2 formation, Patterson has had plenty of opportunities to help out her teammates on both ends of the field.

"Her ability to score goals is certainly unique and very positive, but her game intelligence isn't anywhere near her goalscoring ability, which is sort of a counterintuitive statement," Dorrance said. "What she was doing today, and what she's been doing the last a month or so, is her decision-making is getting better and better and better."

Patterson helped put UNC on the board in the 13th minute after finding senior forward Isabel Cox in space. Cox then passed a through ball to a sprinting Talia DellaPeruta, whose one-on-one opportunity rolled past the keeper for the Tar Heels' first goal of the afternoon.

Several minutes later, BYU answered with a counter-attack to tie the game, and from there, the teams ended the first half with relatively even shot and possession numbers.

Coming out of the break, UNC knew it needed to ramp up the pressure. The Tar Heels did just that, taking the first nine shots of the second half and scoring two goals to go up 3-1. Behind those two scores was Patterson and first-year forward Maddie Dahlien, who recorded the first brace of her college career.

"I think that's just our strength, applying that pressure and making them suffocate defensively," Dahlien said. "And so that was our job coming right out of the half, to make sure to kill the game early on."

In the 58th minute, senior Emily Moxley sent a long pass from the right wing that Patterson met in the air. The header attempt was saved, but Dahlien was there to clean it up and send the ball into the right side of the goal.

Seven minutes later, senior defender Julia Dorsey sent a cross to Patterson, who connected with Dahlien to slot home UNC's third goal.

"I knew that Avery's obviously willing to shoot, but also from the first goal (I knew) to be ready for either the cutback or deflection," Dahlien said.

According to Dorrance, Dahlien serves as one of the team's "14 starters". The young forward, along with senior midfielders Maggie Pierce and Aleigh Gambone, split equal playing time with their starting counterparts.

Dorrance said that his team's advantage off the bench is what helped them power through BYU, who seemed to wear out down the stretch. After the Cougars' Allie Fryer scored an impressive goal from outside the 18-yard box in the 69th minute, UNC locked down to hold onto its lead and come out with the victory.

One player that didn't leave the field in the second half though, was Patterson. After sparking her team's offense in the opening minutes of the half, Patterson helped her team battle out the waning minutes in the midfield and prevent a BYU comeback.

"She's a brilliant dueler, she's great in the air, she's great in the one v. one duels, offensively and defensively, but what she's doing now (is) she's learning to use her teammates," Dorrance said. "And so there's a multiplication factor for her when she uses her teammates."


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<![CDATA['I've got to play better': Drake Maye, UNC offense struggle in upset loss to Georgia Tech]]> In every pressure-packed moment this season, North Carolina always seemed to find a way out.

Locked into a fourth-quarter shootout against Appalachian State? Or maybe trailing on the road against Duke with just over two minutes to play? Even a single-point deficit against Wake Forest in a primetime matchup?

For the Tar Heels, Drake Maye was always there to be the team's most coveted lifeline.

But in North Carolina's 21-17 defeat to Georgia Tech on Saturday night - a game that saw the standout quarterback fail to find the end zone - the redshirt first-year showed his youth for the first time, finishing with just 202 passing yards and an interception.

"This offense starts with me," Maye said. "It's my job to move us down the field and score points, and we didn't do that tonight. It's any (given) game in college football and I've got to do my job. It just sucks."

Despite the unit ultimately stalling for most of the night - including being held scoreless in the second half - the offense started out the night on a positive note. After the Tar Heels forced the Yellow Jackets to punt on the game's first drive, sophomore running back Elijah Green found a running lane and took UNC's first play 80 yards for a score.

According to head coach Mack Brown, the early score led to worrisome thoughts about the team's comfort level.

"I always get afraid that when you score on the first play of the game," he said. "Everybody relaxes and thinks, 'We got this' and I hate (that mindset)."

Over the next four drives, North Carolina struggled to score at the level the team has displayed all season. A pair of possessions inside the red zone resulted in only three points after a negative pass play forced UNC to settle for a field goal, and later, Maye was stuffed on a fourth-down run.

Even after Green's second rushing touchdown of the night gave North Carolina a 17-0 advantage late in the second quarter, the sizable lead seemingly led to a sense of complacency.

"I think during the game (Brown) felt like we coasted at times," junior linebacker Cedric Gray said. "We kind of took them not seriously and kind of got a little overconfident."

Out of the break, any signs of confidence were lost.

Maye slowly lost the passing accuracy that set him apart all season - misfiring on a check down read to Green and sailing a crossing route pass behind graduate tight end Kamari Morales. With each wayward throw came a response from the Yellow Jackets, who eventually took the lead early in the fourth quarter.

"I think we screwed the whole thing up," Brown said. "There are so many uncharacteristic things that happened tonight. It was a really, really awful night offensively."

Despite all the shortcoming, North Carolina had one final chance to sneak away with the win.

On fourth down inside the Georgia Tech 20-yard line, Maye dropped back for one final pass. Scanning the field, he found his go-to target in the front corner of the end zone.

There, Maye's lofting pass nestled into the pocket of junior wide receiver Josh Downs, who didn't have a Yellow Jacket in sight. Just as Kenan Stadium prepared to erupt, the leather ball slipped through his hands and the first-team All-ACC receiver collapsed to the turf in disappointment.

"The plays (Downs) has made throughout the year, what a player," Maye said. "All the things he's done for Carolina - one play is not going to define him."

Rather than dish out any fault regarding the upset defeat, Maye repeatedly noted that his poor play was the deciding factor against Georgia Tech.

For a player that was receiving Heisman Trophy buzz throughout this past week, Maye's inability to lead the Tar Heels to victory one more time likely comes as a surprise to many - even to Maye himself.

"If you had told me before the game that (our defense) held them to 21 and we didn't win, I wouldn't have believed you," Maye said. "Seventeen points is unacceptable and I'm the signal caller. We'll watch and learn from it, but ultimately I've got to play better."


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<![CDATA[No. 13 UNC football shut out in second half in stunning 21-17 loss to Georgia Tech]]> The No.13 North Carolina football team (9-2, 6-1 ACC) fell to the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (5-6, 4-4 ACC), 21-17, on Saturday night at Kenan Stadium.

What happened?

Georgia Tech's offense sputtered on the first drive of the night after junior defensive lineman Kaimon Rucker tackled running back Dontae Smith for no gain on third down. On the ensuing drive, the Tar Heels made quick work of the Yellow Jackets, as sophomore running back Elijah Green darted untouched on UNC's first offensive play for an 80-yard score.

Both teams would go scoreless for the remainder of the first quarter. An Omarion Hampton two-yard run set up UNC with a first-and-goal situation on its third possession of the game, but the offense stalled and North Carolina was forced to settle for a 31-yard field goal by Noah Burnette.

Junior defensive cornerback Storm Duck intercepted redshirt Georgia Tech's Taisun Phommachanh to set the Tar Heels up in plus territory midway through the second quarter. Yet, North Carolina's offense failed to capitalize, turning the ball over on downs inside the 10-yard line.

On UNC's next drive, a pair of receptions by sophomore tight end Bryson Nesbit set up the Tar Heels on the Georgia Tech one-yard line. One play later, Green burst around the right side of UNC's offensive line and into the end zone to build a 17-0 lead.

North Carolina's defense was pitching a shutout until the Yellow Jackets' second-to-last offensive possession. Georgia Tech's nine-play scoring drive was capped off by Smith's rushing touchdown, which cut UNC's lead to 17-7 heading into the half.

Out of the break, UNC's offense failed to march into Yellow Jacket territory and were forced to punt. Georgia Tech replicated the same success it generated at the end of the first half - getting its running backs in space with screen plays and swing passes - to march down the field and score a touchdown.

North Carolina's offensive woes continued, as redshirt first-year quarterback Drake Maye threw his fourth interception of the season late in the third quarter. The Yellow Jackets capitalized on the ensuing drive with running back Hassan Hall's six-yard touchdown that gave the visitors the lead, 21-17.

UNC drove down the field looking to add a score in the final minutes, but on fourth down, a Maye passed slipped through the hands of junior wide receiver Josh Downs. From there, the Yellow Jackets picked up timely first downs and eventually ran out the clock to secure the upset.

Who stood out?

Throughout the year, North Carolina's running back room has been in search of a workhorse back. Starting in his fourth straight game, Green shined again as he rushed for 92 yards and two touchdowns.

On a night where the offense struggled for a large portion of the game, members of UNC's defense had standout nights. Junior linebacker Cedric Gray led the charge defensively for the Tar Heels, recording 14 tackles - 1.5 of which were for a loss - and one quarterback hurry.

When was it decided?

North Carolina looked to be in cruise control after opening up a 17-point lead near the end of the second quarter. But the Yellow Jackets refused to bear down, as Georgia Tech went on to score 14 unanswered points to make it a field goal kick game midway through the third quarter.

The Yellow Jackets would take the lead early in the fourth quarter - an advantage Georgia Tech never relinquished.

Why does it matter?

Although the defeat does not impact North Carolina's standing in the postseason - having secured the Coastal Division last week - the loss certainty highlighted a number of issues displayed by the Tar Heels.

Whether it was Maye's uncharacteristic inefficiency or Downs dropping a sure touchdown late, the Tar Heels will need to clean up their mistakes as the competition ramps up late.

When do they play next?

The Tar Heels close out the regular season at home against N.C. State. Friday's rivalry contest is set to kickoff at 3:30 p.m.


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<![CDATA[Preview: No. 1 UNC field hockey seeks NCAA record 10th national championship on Sunday]]> STORRS, Conn. - The top-seeded UNC field hockey team will be seeking revenge against two-seed and defending national champion Northwestern on Sunday in the NCAA title game.

The Wildcats advanced with a 2-1 win over three-seed Maryland in the Final Four. UNC is progressing to the championship following a 3-0 shutout of Penn State. The last time the two teams met, Northwestern ended UNC's season with a 2-0 win in the first round of last season's tournament.

"This is a redemption run," UNC senior forward Paityn Wirth said on Sunday. "This is our redemption tour. We are ready to come out guns-a-blazin'. We want this more than anything, as us being seniors and (senior attacker) Erin (Matson)'s last year. We want to win this for Coach (Karen Shelton), we want to win this for our whole entire community here. Last year was heartbreaking, and we don't ever want to experience that ever again."

The Tar Heels are certainly fired up, but a win against the Wildcats won't be an easy task. In order to claim a record 10th NCAA title as a program, the Tar Heels will need to focus on three main keys.

Stop Bente Baekers

The Wildcats' two-time first-team All-American forward, Bente Baekers is entering Sunday's matchup with 24 goals on the season behind a .55 shot-on-goal percentage. She ranks fifth in the nation in goals per game with 1.05.

Baekers' speed and powerful shooting make her a potent offensive threat. The fifth-year forward also gives defenses a unique challenge because she's left-handed, which gives her the ability to launch backhanded attempts with ease.

In the Wildcats' recent win over the Terrapins, Baekers had a goal and an assist. On Sunday, look for Baekers to use her agility to weave through defenders, as well as be the Wildcats' primary option on penalty corners.

Limit Northwestern's third-quarter offense

This season, Northwestern has found its highest level of success in the third quarter of games. Nineteen of the Wildcats' goals and 110 of their shots on the season have come in the penultimate period.

The Tar Heels have proven to be dominant first-half team throughout this season, as 49 of UNC's 82 goals have come before the break.

The Wildcats only allow 1.21 goals on average per game. The Tar Heels have to put the ball in the net in the first half if they want to have a security blanket for a potential Northwestern push in the third and fourth quarters.

Give the Wildcats different looks

Entering the final contest, Shelton has already made her offensive preferences clear.

"We really prefer to attack to the sides," Shelton said after Friday's win. "Go down the sideline and attack the side-door. There is a lot of strength down the middle, and if you turn it over in the middle, it is risky."

The Tar Heels made adjustments after the first quarter in the win over the Nittany Lions. When the team's strategy of attacking the flanks wasn't working, North Carolina started driving the ball down the middle in a successful change of plans.

Against a Northwestern team that poses threats like junior midfielder Lauren Wadas - who is touted for her pressing abilities - UNC shouldn't be afraid to switch things up to throw off the Wildcat defense.

If the Tar Heels keep these three keys in mind, they'll have a shot to make good on Wirth's promise and hoist the championship trophy for the fourth time in five years.

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<![CDATA[Halftime reactions: UNC football holds 17-7 lead over Georgia Tech]]> It's halftime in Chapel Hill, and the North Carolina football team is leading Georgia Tech, 17-7.

Here are three takeaways from the first half of UNC's matchup:

Drake Maye with a slow first half

Through the first half, Maye has thrown for 108 yards and rushed for 21, although he has yet to score a touchdown.

Maye has had numerous opportunities to add a score but he's missed the mark. On the Georgia Tech eight-yard line, sophomore tight end Bryson Nesbit was open in the back of the end zone, but Maye threw the ball low and out of reach of him. Later that drive, UNC would be forced to kick a field goal that gave them a two-possession lead.

After being shut down for most of the first half, Maye was more productive on the team's second touchdown drive. He found Nesbit for a 36-yard completion and then connected for another big gain, this time going for 18 yards. Eventually, the Tar Heels found the end zone when sophomore running back Elijah Green punched in his second score of the night.

Running game moving the chains for North Carolina

Green got the Tar Heels' offense going early, taking the first offensive play of the game all the way to the end zone on an 80-yard run that put UNC up 7-0. However, the running back corps of Green and first-years Omarion Hampton and DJ Jones have had a hard time seriously building upon the early-game touchdown, as the trio has only being able to rush for 48 yards on nine additional attempts.

In the first half, Hampton received the most carries of the trio with five, but Green's long run and eventual second score has paced the offense thus far.

Defense taking advantage of the Yellow Jackets offense and backup quarterbacks

With Georgia Tech starting quarterback Jeff Sims out, the Yellow Jackets have elected to use both Zach Gibson and Taisun Phommachanh in relief.

However, only Gibson has had much luck, recording for 109 yards off of a 6-for-8 passing clip. Phommachanh has only managed to get 13 yards on five attempts, including being picked off by junior cornerback Storm Duck on third down, which gave UNC possession on Georgia Tech's side of the field.

Due to the failure to get serious momentum going using the passing game, the Yellow Jackets have looked to their running game to pick up yardage. The Tar Heels have been there to stop that as well, allowing only 51 yards on 21 carries, with none of Georgia Tech's four rushers having more than 20 yards.

The one knock on the defense was on the Yellow Jackets last possession of the first half. The Tar Heels allowed them to convert on third down with 2:26 left in the half and then gave up two straight big passing plays. This allowed Georgia Tech to continue to go down the field, eventually scoring a touchdown and ending the possibility of UNC recording its first opening-half shutout of the year.


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<![CDATA[UNC women's soccer withstands late push by BYU to advance in NCAA Tournament with 3-2 win]]> The North Carolina women's soccer team (18-4-1) beat the BYU Cougars (11-3-7), 3-2, in the NCAA regional semifinals on Saturday afternoon.

What happened?

An early Cougars cross into the box was headed away by the Tar Heels, leading to the first corner opportunity of the game. A clean shot for Bella Folino developed, but UNC redshirt first-year Emmie Allen saved it with a dive. A retaliatory Tar Heel corner also produced a chance, but senior forward Isabel Cox's shot could not penetrate the defense.

BYU's offensive attack picked up steam following a flurry of chances for the Tar Heels, which was highlighted in the 13th minute when a pinpoint pass by Cox navigated between three BYU defenders and left junior midfielder Talia DellaPeruta one-on-one with the goalie. Then, she promptly tucked the ball near the right post and gave the Tar Heels a one-goal lead.

The Tar Heels would not be on top for long, though. With an open teammate to her right, BYU's Olivia Wade outran four converging UNC defenders and put the ball in the back of the net, which tied the game at one.

Following the equalizing goal, very few serious chances developed for either team. In the 40th minute, first-year forward Maddie Dahlien blasted a shot toward the goalie, but BYU's Savanna Mason punched the ball over the crossbar to keep both sides level heading into the break.

The Tar Heels resumed their aggressive offense to begin the second half, but the Cougars' defense brigade continued to keep Mason clean. Each chance into the box was handled and cleared away by the BYU back line. After being out-possessed in the first half, UNC's unrelenting attack kept the ball on BYU's half of the field.

The Tar Heels finally cashed in 12 minutes into the second half. A shot into the box was punched out by Mason, but Dahlien was there on the rebound and rocketed the ball into the back of the net to put North Carolina up 2-1.

The Cougars' defense broke down after the goal. Just seven minutes later, Dahlien found herself at the top of the box again and jolted right, where she sent a low strike into the net to give the Tar Heels a 3-1 lead.

However, BYU answered quickly. On just its first shot in the half, Allie Fryer bent a shot from beyond the penalty area over the outstretched hand of Allen, keeping the Cougars in the game by bringing the score to 3-2.

But in the end, UNC's defensive prowess was just too much for the Cougars to handle. BYU generated its last true scoring chance with five minutes remaining, but a shot from Fryer was saved by Allen, and UNC's park-the-bus defense secured the win.

Who stood out?

Cox's playmaking ability highlighted the first half of action. Her pass to DellaPeruta began the Tar Heels' attack on offense. With the Cougars playing staunch defense early on, the precise assist created the much-needed early score.

Dahlien scored her second and third goals of the tournament in the second half and was a weapon on offense all game, finishing with four shots.

When was it decided?

With BYU's inability to get anything going in the second half, Dahlien's second goal gave UNC a seemingly comfortable lead. The Cougars were outshot 11-4 in the half and could only cut the deficit in half.

Why does it matter?

The victory keeps the season alive for the Tar Heels, leaving them as one of eight teams remaining in the tournament. They are now one step closer to their 31st College Cup appearance.

After a disappointing ACC Championship loss, the win also marks the third consecutive game in the NCAA Tournament in which the Tar Heels scored three goals or more. They will need to continue this offensive pressure as they advance deeper in the tournament.

When do they play next?

The Tar Heels will play the winner of tomorrow's TCU/Notre Dame game in the regional finals next weekend.


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<![CDATA[Carrboro in Motion event highlights several local organizations and nonprofits]]> The Town of Carrboro hosted the latest in a series of Carrboro in Motion events at Estes Park Apartments on Saturday, Nov. 19.

The event brought together many government and nonprofit agencies including El Centro Hispano, Orange County Public Library, Bike Carrboro, NEXT, Red Ridge NC Bike Share, Orange Literacy and Carrboro Transportation Choices.

The event aims to promote the goals of the Inclusive Carrboro Communications and Community Engagement Plan by establishing a presence in and interacting with the people of the community.

Kristin Bennett, the cybrary supervisor for the Orange County Public Library, said the events celebrate building relationships within the community and that it is an opportunity to help teach residents how to utilize library resources.

"Rather than always saying, 'Come to us, come to the library,' we want to go out to them," Bennett said. "It's a two-way street."

She said the library brought promotional handouts, drawstring bags, pens and pencils to give away. They also helped people sign up for library cards.

In addition to the library, other agencies also brought their resources and shows to the event.

According to a press release from Carrboro, a live Zumba class led by Oscar Garcia was held and the Mobile Health Unit provided by El Centro Hispano provided basic health screenings.

Carrboro Communication and Engagement staff provided general information about Town services, including volunteer opportunities and programs, and the "Party Trailer" provided games and activities for children. Snacks and drinks were also supplied.

Chapel Hill Transit brought route information, and BikeShare, a program by Red Ridge NC, helped people fix their bikes, as well as exchange broken bikes for working ones if they cannot be repaired.

"When they say 'Yes, I do have a bike, but it doesn't run,' our team is going to be there on the ground ready to help get that bike rolling again," Mike Holland, the lead organizer for BikeShare, said.

BikeShare also helped those who want to know more about bikes find a class, Chandler Holland, the founder and director of Red Ridge NC, said.

Catherine Lazorko, the communication and engagement director for the Town of Carrboro, said this event is the second Carrboro in Motion event the Town has hosted. The first one took place in October at Carolina Apartments.

Despite both of the Carrboro in Motion events being held in apartment complexes, Lazorko said the event is not exclusive to apartment residents. In the future, she said, the Town plans to host more Carrboro in Motion events across the town.

"After this event in November, we will be taking a little break, because these are really designed as block parties, and they're going to be outside," Lazorko said. "And with the weather getting colder, we're going to just take a break until spring, and then we'll start up again."

For future events, Lazrko said the Town aspires to bring along more partners. She hopes that through the events, the Town can find an even stronger connection with the community.

"We envision having what we're kind of calling neighborhood block parties happening at town parks, at more apartment complexes, and in neighborhoods," Lazorko said.


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<![CDATA[UNC volleyball drops third straight match in 3-1 loss to Florida State]]> The North Carolina volleyball team (15-12, 7-9 ACC) lost its third straight match on Friday after losing 3-1 to the Florida State Seminoles (18-9, 10-6 ACC) in a critical road matchup.

What happened?

The Tar Heels got out to an early 3-0 start thanks to two Seminoles' errors and a service ace from sophomore outside hitter Mabrey Shaffmaster. Florida State caught up to UNC after its quick start out of the gate, however, and the set remained close until the teams hit double-digit points.

With the game tied at 10, the Tar Heels' rattled off 10 unanswered points to put themselves ahead 20-10. UNC received a lot of help from the Seminoles during this run, as Florida State committed four errors that led to points for the Tar Heels.

UNC generated its own points as well, as senior libero Karenna Wurl recorded two service aces while Shaffmaster accounted for two kills during the run to help the Tar Heels pick up a dominant 25-14 win.

The second set was a game of big runs, as both teams went on several of them. The Seminoles went on the set's first run, scoring five unanswered points to put themselves ahead 5-1, but the Tar Heels responded with a 6-2 run that tied the score.

Florida State went on an 8-1 run at a critical time in the set, which put the Tar Heels in a substantial 19-12 deficit. Despite a comeback effort, the big deficit proved too deep of a hole for UNC to dig itself out of, and the Tar Heels lost the set, 25-18.

Graduate outside hitter Charley Niego got UNC out to an early lead in the third set by scoring four of the team's first seven points on kills. The Tar Heels led 8-4 early on, but that lead quickly dissipated.

The score remained even until UNC allowed the Seminoles to score five unanswered with the game tied at 13. Two 3-0 runs helped the Tar Heels get back within striking distance of the Seminoles' lead late in the set, but UNC couldn't close the set late and lost 25-23.

Similar to the second set, the fourth set saw both teams go on substantial runs. Florida State went on the first run, scoring three unanswered to tie the set at seven. Shortly after the Seminoles' run, the Tar Heels responded with a 6-1 run by capitalizing on several Seminoles' errors to take a five-point edge on Florida State. Immediately after UNC's 6-1 run, Florida State went on one of its own, taking a 16-15 advantage on the Tar Heels.

The set was tightly contested after the Seminoles took the 16-15 lead. Trailing by one late in the set, the Tar Heels gave up six unanswered points, allowing the Seminoles to take a 25-18 fourth-set victory and a 3-1 match win.

Who stood out?

Shaffmaster had one of her more well-rounded games this season, as the sophomore middle hitter recorded 15 kills, 23 digs, two blocks and an ace.

When was it decided?

It appeared as if the Tar Heels had a chance to force a fifth set late in the fourth as the team trailed by just one, but a 6-1 run from the Seminoles late in the fourth set proved to be the final nail in the coffin for UNC's comeback hopes.

Why does it matter?

On top of handing the Tar Heels their third straight loss, the performance is yet another example of UNC's struggles to close out sets and matches.

The third and fourth sets were close late, but the Tar Heels found themselves on the wrong side of the scoreboard both times.

When do they play next?

The Tar Heels' next matchup is on Wednesday, when the team will return to Carmichael Arena to face Duke at 2 p.m.

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