11/7/2001 12:00am

Tar Heel Swimmers Dominate Blue Devils

Before the North Carolina-Duke swimming and diving meet Tuesday at Koury Natatorium, Duke's team gathered around one of its swimmers while he hit a pot with a stick. The Blue Devils began whooping and hollering, yelling "Go Duke." It would be about the most life Duke would show all evening. The UNC men's and women's teams both won their first four races and cruised to 227-65 and 184-104 wins, respectively, against the Blue Devils. The women's team improved to 3-1 and 1-0 in the ACC with the win, while the men are 2-2, 1-0.

11/5/2001 12:00am

Bolowich's Advice Inspires Men's Soccer

After last Saturday's 4-2 debacle at Wake Forest, North Carolina men's soccer coach Elmar Bolowich challenged his team to learn from its mistakes and return to the form that had led it to a nine-game winning streak prior to the game in Winston-Salem. With his squad's final conference match against No. 6 Clemson looming, Bolowich impressed upon his charges the importance of immediately returning to form. The No.

11/5/2001 12:00am

All-Stars Shock Tar Heels

The EA All-Stars played the North Carolina men's basketball team like they would one of their own video games. They came into Sunday's exhibition matchup at the Smith Center with confidence despite recent losses to N.C. State (by 23 points) and Maryland (18). The All-Stars must have had their Game Genies locked and loaded for UNC, which was missing the services of Jason Capel, who has a sore hamstring. The All-Stars owned the Tar Heels, handing them a 107-76 drubbing. It was their worst loss in Smith Center history -- perhaps in more ways than one.

11/5/2001 12:00am

Martin Rebounds From Error

Abby Martin experienced a wide range of emotions during North Carolina's 3-2 ACC Tournament loss to Wake Forest on Friday. Things started out fine for the Tar Heel sweeper. She helped organize a defense that held the Demon Deacons scoreless in the first half, despite allowing seven shots and three penalty corners. Then came the mistake. With the game still scoreless early in the second half, Wake capitalized on a mental error by Martin. While Martin argued a call with the umpire, Wake forward Jennie Shelton ripped a shot past goalkeeper Amy Tran.

11/5/2001 12:00am

Freshman's Play Impresses Hatchell

Leah Metcalf hasn't been a Tar Heel for long. She hasn't even played in an actual game yet. But the North Carolina guard already has made quite the impression on women's basketball coach Sylvia Hatchell. "Our last game, there were four WNBA point guards," said Hatchell of UNC's 89-79 loss to the Premier Players, a team made up of WNBA talent.

11/5/2001 12:00am

Volleyball Splits ACC Weekend Road Matches

CLEMSON, S.C. -- The North Carolina volleyball team defeated Clemson 3-0 Sunday afternoon in Clemson, S.C. The win improves the Tar Heels to 19-6 overall, 11-3 in the ACC. Friday, North Carolina lost to Georgia Tech 3-2 in Atlanta. Women's Soccer Beats Buckeyes COLUMBUS, OHIO -- North Carolina's women's soccer team completed an undefeated, untied regular season for the first time since 1998 Saturday night as seniors Anne Remy and Jena Kluegel scored first-half goals to lift the Tar Heels past Ohio State 2-0 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.

11/5/2001 12:00am

Wake Boots UNC Out of Tourney

Something had to give. One team, Wake Forest, entered its first-round ACC Tournament contest against North Carolina as a confident bunch, ranked No. 3 in the nation and winners of 10 straight games. The other, No.

11/2/2001 12:00am

Durant Plays Beyond Years in Loss

ATLANTA -- Some would question starting a freshman quarterback for the first time on the road against a ranked team. With bowl game hopes resting squarely on the line, to boot. Your senior starter's got a tender hamstring? Better start him anyway. But North Carolina's Darian Durant is no ordinary freshman.

11/2/2001 12:00am

UNC Looks to Change Luck In Field Hockey Tourney

It could be an epic free-for-all, a weekend pitting three of the top four ranked teams in the national poll against one another. It is the ACC field hockey tournament, and one of three evenly matched teams -- North Carolina, Maryland and Wake Forest -- is likely to capture the tournament crown. "I feel that all the teams are so strong athletically that the conference is piled up," said Maryland coach Missy Meharg. "I think the tournament is open for anybody to take." From 1983 to 1996, the Tar Heels breezed through the ACC tourney, winning 13 conference titles.

11/2/2001 12:00am

Men's Soccer to Host No. 6 Clemson

The eighth-ranked North Carolina men's soccer team (13-3, 3-3 ACC) looks to defend its home field against another top-10 nationally ranked opponent on Saturday evening when it hosts No. 6 Clemson (12-3, 2-1 ACC) at 7 p.m. at Fetzer Field. North Carolina lost its last outing, a 4-2 decision at No. 21 Wake Forest last Saturday night. Prior to that loss, the Tar Heels won nine straight games, outscoring their opponents, 31-2. Wake Game Time Set The ACC has announced a 12 p.m. kickoff for UNC's Nov. 10 football game against Wake Forest at Kenan Stadium.

11/2/2001 12:00am

Teasley Not Back Quite Yet

It figured to be a flashback, a glimpse of the past. Instead, it was a look into the future, which seems simultaneously disappointing and exciting. Premier Players beat North Carolina 89-79 in an exhibition game Thursday at Carmichael Auditorium, but the game was a side note to the night's other subplots. Tar Heel guard Nikki Teasley, who sat out last season due to private reasons, didn't play in Thursday's game and won't play in UNC's season opener against George Mason on Nov.

11/1/2001 12:00am

Season's Future On Line for UNC, Ga. Tech

Game and time: North Carolina at Georgia Tech. Kickoff is at 7:35 tonight. Site: Bobby Dodd Stadium TV/Radio: ESPN will provide national coverage. The Tar Heel Sports Radio Network will provide live radio coverage; its flagship station is WCHL 1360 AM. Records: North Carolina is 5-3, 4-1 in the ACC. Georgia Tech is 5-2, 2-2. Series: Georgia Tech leads 17-16-3. Personnel Update: North Carolina -- QB Ronald Curry (left hamstring) is probable.

10/31/2001 12:00am

Peppers Selected As Lombardi Semifinalist

North Carolina defensive end Julius Peppers has been named one of 12 semifinalists for the 2001 Rotary Lombardi Award. The award is given annually to the nation's best lineman.

10/31/2001 12:00am

Durant to Start Thursday Night

And so, the great two-quarterback experiment ends -- at least for one week. North Carolina coach John Bunting said Tuesday at his weekly press conference that redshirt-freshman Darian Durant will start Thursday night's nationally televised game at No. 23 Georgia Tech. Ronald Curry is still ailing from a hamstring injury he suffered Oct. 20 at Clemson.

10/29/2001 12:00am

UNC Stays 1st in ACC Despite Loss

North Carolina volleyball coach Joe Sagula didn't know how his team would respond to its first ACC loss of the season at Maryland last Sunday. The Tar Heels bounced back with a sweep of second-place Duke on Friday, but Sagula didn't expect his team's resilience to be tested again in Saturday's match against Wake Forest. The Demon Deacons shocked the Tar Heels with a 3-1 win. UNC (18-5, 10-2 in the ACC) had a week to get ready for the rival Blue Devils (16-3, 8-3), and its extra preparation showed.

10/29/2001 12:00am

UNC Splits on Virginia Shoreline

NORFOLK, Va. -- Pinned in a scoreless game against William & Mary, the veterans on North Carolina's field hockey team came through when it mattered most. The Tar Heels' (14-5) elder players helped beat the Tribe 2-0 on Sunday after losing to Old Dominion on Saturday. With the weekend split, UNC moved closer to locking up home-field advantage for the NCAA Tournament on Nov. 10 and 11. But it didn't come without any struggles.

10/29/2001 12:00am

Media Selects Duke As Top Team in ACC

GREENSBORO -- The defending national champion Duke men's basketball team was the clear choice as the ACC preseason favorite in a media poll at the conference's annual Operation Basketball event Sunday. Duke, which has been picked first six straight years, received 69 of the 74 first-place votes. Coming in second with the other five first-place votes was Maryland, Duke's Final Four opponent a year ago. Picked to finish third was Virginia, which is coming off a 20-9 season.