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11/10/2000 12:00am

Basketball Tab: Doherty Puts Own Mark on Program

One year ago, Matt Doherty was coaching his first game at a new school. One year later, he's doing the same thing. But much has changed in a year. Doherty's task to tip off 1999 was to lead his Notre Dame squad on the road against fourth-ranked Ohio State. The Fighting Irish won 59-57. Doherty's task this year? To lead North Carolina past Winthrop in the first round of the NABC Classic at the Smith Center. The teams square off at 7:30 p.m. "No one expected us to beat (Ohio State)," Doherty said. "This situation is kind of different.


11/10/2000 12:00am

Basketball Tab: Tar Heel Men Hope New Look Leads to Instant Success

Matt Doherty can surely relate to what Dick Baddour went through this summer. There was Baddour, facing his toughest task to date in his relatively young tenure as the director of athletics at North Carolina. Coach Bill Guthridge had decided to retire, leaving the men's basketball program in its first true state of instability in almost 40 years. Baddour had a number of candidates to consider, although Roy Williams looked like the clear favorite. Doherty eventually emerged as the choice.


11/10/2000 12:00am

Men's Soccer Set to Kick Off Postseason

They've been saying it all year long. Since their first exhibition against Virginia Tech on Aug. 26, the North Carolina men's soccer team has proclaimed that it is talented enough to be a national success story. "We all believe; we all have confidence that we can make the final four," defender Danny Jackson said after that game against the Hokies. And the rest of the nation is starting to believe Jackson & Co. UNC is ranked second in the nation as it heads into the ACC tournament tonight at Wake Forest's Spry Stadium.


11/9/2000 12:00am

UNC Dynasty Facing Tough Tests

As unpredictable as sports can often be, one fact almost always can be counted on: The mighty eventually fall. It happened to the Boston Celtics. It happened to the New York Yankees a couple of times. And it could be starting to happen to the North Carolina women's soccer team. UNC, which has won 15 NCAA championships in the tournament's 18-year history, lost three ACC games this season.


11/9/2000 12:00am

Carrieri, Bolowich Receive League's Top Honors

The North Carolina men's soccer team picked up a slew of awards from the ACC on Wednesday. Junior forward Chris Carrieri earned the top honor when he was named ACC Player of the Year. Carrieri leads the conference and the nation in scoring average (3.16 points per game) and goals per game (1.26). Carrieri spearheaded an All-ACC first team that also featured UNC defender Danny Jackson.


11/9/2000 12:00am

Shelton, Field Hockey Wary of Golden Flashes

Today the North Carolina field hockey team will get its first look at Kent State, its opponent Saturday in the first round of the NCAA tournament. The team doesn't know a whole lot about Kent State. "There was a massacre there in the seventies," forward Holly Huff offered.

11/8/2000 12:00am

Field Hockey to Host 1st-Round NCAA Game

The North Carolina field hockey team has been awarded the No. 2 seed of the NCAA tournament, earning a home bid for the first two rounds of the tourney. UNC (17-3) will face Kent State (19-3) on Saturday at 11 a.m. at Henry Stadium. Each of the top four teams in the nation host a bracket of the 16-team tournament. Massachusetts and Boston will meet in the other game at Henry Stadium on Saturday at 2 p.m. The winners of the two games will face off on Sunday for the right to continue onto the final four in Norfolk, Va., at Old Dominion on Nov.


11/8/2000 12:00am

Volleyball Sneaks Past Tigers

CLEMSON, S.C. - The North Carolina volleyball team overcame a two-game deficit to defeat Clemson 3-2 (13-15, 12-15, 15-6, 15-9, 15-13) on Tuesday evening at Jervey Gym. North Carolina improved to 23-6 overall and 13-2 in the ACC with the win. Clemson fell to 12-16 overall and 5-9 in conference action. The Tar Heels jumped out to a 3-0 lead in game five before Clemson fought back and tied the game 3-3. UNC took the lead 10-7 before Clemson tied the game 10-10. The Tigers took their biggest lead of the game at 13-10 before the Tar Heels scored five unanswered points to capture the match.


11/8/2000 12:00am

UNC Men, Women Trounce Duke

After earning big wins this weekend, the North Carolina men's and women's swimming teams were trying to avoid a letdown. Neither team experienced such a letdown against Duke as the men trounced the Blue Devils by a score of 184-58 and the women easily won 157-85. Both teams used a variety of swimmers to wear down the Blue Devils. The men had eight different individual winners, and the women had six. "I was thrilled with how well we swam tonight," UNC coach Frank Comfort said. "It was real impressive.


11/8/2000 12:00am

Parker Quiets Rumors With Emergence

Fall Break came at a perfect time for Willie Parker. Parker, North Carolina's starting tailback coming out of spring practice, had dropped to third on the depth chart. He was still attempting to overcome a back injury that had hampered him through the Tar Heels' first five games. The Tar Heels had a bye week, and Parker went to his hometown of Clinton to relax from the pressures of an already frustrating season. But the scene that Parker returned to was anything but therapeutic. People flocked to Parker's house to ask him why he wasn't playing.


11/7/2000 12:00am

Mejia Advances to ITA Nationals

North Carolina sophomore Marlene Mejia defeated Maren Haus of Wake Forest 6-0, 6-4 in the semifinal round of the ITA Southeast Regional Championships at Wake Forest to advance to the ITA National Championships in Dallas. "Marlene had a fantastic tournament," UNC coach Roland Thornqvist said. "Her game has matured. She knows where to go on offense and when to change it up, and that has made her a better player." The ITA National Championships will be the first weekend in February at the Brookhaven Country Club.


11/7/2000 12:00am

Tar Heels' Outlook Helps to Keep Bowl Hopes Alive

PITTSBURGH - Carl Torbush didn't want to accentuate the negatives. Sure, if his North Carolina football team would have picked up its sixth loss of the season against Pittsburgh, its bowl hopes would have been dashed. But Torbush wanted to focus on what the Tar Heels could still accomplish with a victory. A win would elevate the UNC's record to 4-5 with two games remaining.


11/7/2000 12:00am

UNC Gives Doherty 1st Win

The game won't count in the final standings, but Matt Doherty will take it. Doherty picked up a victory in his first game as North Carolina men's basketball coach as the Tar Heels defeated the CBA's Yakima Sun Kings 96-87 at the Smith Center on Monday night. "It's a relief," Doherty said. "I felt like my lungs were going to explode this afternoon - I was just anxious to get on the sidelines and coach a game.


11/6/2000 12:00am

Swimming Pays Back Minnesota

Call it a blend of progress and timing. Last season, a young and inexperienced North Carolina men's swimming and diving team traveled to Minneapolis, Minn., to participate in a meet against Minnesota and Nebraska. The results were mixed. Then-No. 22 UNC squeaked by the Cornhuskers but was blown out of the water by the Golden Gophers, losing 234-135. This season, the Tar Heels were again ranked 22nd in the nation entering the weekend's dual meet with Minnesota.


11/6/2000 12:00am

Defense Shuts Down ACC Opponents

DURHAM - If the North Carolina women's soccer team and its fans were elated following the Tar Heels' dominating performance in the ACC tournament this weekend, just think how the groundskeepers must feel. Surely, the men and women who tend the field at Koskinen Stadium were off somewhere toasting the beauty of the rule that teams must switch sides after halftime. Had that rule not been in effect, the side of the field that UNC attacked would have gotten awfully chewed up - and the other side would have been in near-mint condition. Applying an overwhelming amount of defensive pressure,


11/6/2000 12:00am

Tar Heels Beat Michigan in Battle of No. 9s

The North Carolina women's swimming team faced a tough early season challenge when it hosted Michigan over the weekend. The Tar Heels stepped up to the challenge as they defeated the Wolverines, a team they shared a No. 9 ranking with, by a score of 207-163. Freshman sensation Jessi Perruquet and junior Katie Hathaway led the Tar Heels.


11/6/2000 12:00am

Field Hockey Falters in Semifinals Against Virginia

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - It wasn't supposed to be like this. The two teams didn't expect it. The media certainly didn't, and the fans in the stands of Maryland's Artificial Turf Stadium didn't even know the rules. But as North Carolina sweeper Abby Martin would fittingly say after the Tar Heels lost 2-1 to ninth-ranked Virginia in the ACC field hockey tournament semifinals, "Anything can happen. And it did." Anything in this case was a Virginia team that had barely made it to the semifinals, needing overtime to beat fifth-seeded Duke.


11/6/2000 12:00am

Panthers Pay for Underestimating Peppers, D-Line

PITTSBURGH - Julius Peppers received all the motivation he needed from a photocopied article from the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Pittsburgh left tackle Mark Browne criticized Peppers during the week leading up to Saturday's contest between the Panthers and North Carolina, and the comments soon became the framework for a story detailing just what the Panther senior thought about the UNC sophomore. The trash talk didn't go unnoticed by some of Peppers' teammates, who delivered two copies of the story to him.


11/6/2000 12:00am

Hot Shooting Paces UNC

North Carolina's LaQuanda Barksdale led the ACC in scoring and rebounding last year. If Sunday's exhibition game against Athletes in Action is any indication, Barksdale intends to repeat at least one of those accomplishments. Barksdale, a senior forward, hit 11-of-13 shots from the field, netting 27 points and four 3-pointers to lead the Tar Heels to a 90-66 victory against AIA at Carmichael Auditorium. Joining Barksdale in a seemingly effortless shooting day was senior guard Juana Brown, who went 10-for-12 and scored 24 points.


11/6/2000 12:00am

UNC Finishes Off Pitt, Losing Streak

PITTSBURGH - It seemed the North Carolina football team found a new way to lose in each of its past four games. Blocked punts. Fumbles. Stupid penalties. Not being able to score in the red zone. The Tar Heels looked to be headed down the same road Saturday against Pittsburgh. UNC held a 13-10 halftime lead but turned the ball over inside the Panther 30 twice in the second half and botched a field-goal attempt.