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10/13/2000 12:00am

SportsSaturday - Robinson's Making It Happen

It was bound to happen. After all, N.C. State wide receiver Koren Robinson set a conference record for freshman receiving yardage last season. Factor in new coach Chuck Amato's pass-oriented attack and the arrival of strong-armed freshman quarterback Philip Rivers, and one would assume big numbers from Robinson this year. But no one knew exactly how big those numbers would be. Robinson has terrorized opposing secondaries this season, averaging a gaudy 120.2 receiving yards per game, good for second in the nation.


10/13/2000 12:00am

SportsSaturday - Pondering Prognostication

Virginia Tech will go undefeated again. Purdue's Drew Brees will win the Heisman Trophy. Dilliard's won't offer any more ridiculous discounts to Florida State players. Predictions such as these account for half the fun in college football and make for interesting conversation. We make our own predictions every week at the DTH, proving exactly how much this prognostication is really worth. Jaded by the glut of upsets in college football, a colleague of mine decided to throw his set of picks last week.


10/13/2000 12:00am

SportsSaturday - A View From The Other Side

Mike O'Cain wants this weekend to be just like any other. But it won't be. It can't be. And he knows it. O'Cain, North Carolina's offensive coordinator, figured that out early in the week when he was watching film of N.C. State, UNC's opponent today. The players he saw running around on the field were his guys. He was the one responsible for bringing them to Raleigh. He had celebrated with them after great wins against the likes of Syracuse and Florida State and suffered with them after bad losses to Baylor and Wake Forest. He was their coach, and they were his players.


10/13/2000 12:00am

UNC, 'Pack Set for Offensive Battle

Game and time: N.C. State at North Carolina. Kickoff is at 3:30 p.m. Site: Kenan Stadium. TV/radio: The game will be televised regionally by ABC. The Tar Heel Sports Network will provide live radio coverage; its flagship station is WCHL 1360-AM. Records: N.C. State is 4-1, 1-1 in the ACC. North Carolina is 3-2, 1-2. Series: UNC leads 59-24-6. Personnel update: N.C. State - No injuries reported. UNC - LB Merceda Perry (right ankle) is out for the season. WR Kory Bailey (right hamstring) and CB Anthony Anderson (left shoulder) are doubtful.


10/13/2000 12:00am

Cross Country Teams Split Up for Weekend

North Carolina's cross country teams will split up this weekend as the women head to Ames, Iowa, and the men travel to Cullowhee. The Tar Heels were off last weekend after sweeping the UNC Challenge at Finley Field on Sept. 30. The women are competing in the NCAA Preview at Iowa State. Race time is 12:30 p.m. on Saturday. UNC will face stiff competition, as 16 of the top-25 ranked schools will be in attendance. Some of the teams include Stanford (No. 1), Colorado (2), BYU (3) Kansas State (5) and local rivals N.C.


10/13/2000 12:00am

SportsSaturday - Rating the Rivalry

My father has always liked to cause trouble. He is an Auburn fan. It doesn't seem like it's a big deal, but his entire family worships former Alabama coach Bear Bryant. You know how North Carolina fans idolize Dean Smith? It doesn't compare. According to certain members of the family, besides my dad's evil alliance, he had the further bad taste to infect one of his two daughters (me) with the Auburn fever. Thank god. Alabama's nothing but a bunch of cheaters.

10/13/2000 12:00am

SportsSaturday - Victor Dashes to Forefront of UNC Runners

The word dash is associated more with the sprints of track and field than the courses of cross country. But at North Carolina, things are different. Sophomore Dash Victor has emerged as one of the men's cross country team's top runners this season. He opened the season with a sixth-place finish at the Wake Forest Invitational and placed ninth in his next race at William & Mary. Although Victor came up short at the UNC Challenge on Sept.


10/13/2000 12:00am

Seniors Hope Home Game Won't Be Last

Abby Martin burst into a sprint and worked her way up the left side of Henry Stadium's field. "You're gonna miss," yelled North Carolina field hockey manager Sam Trogdon. Martin's weapon of choice was a soccer ball, not something usually found at the stadium. Martin neared the goal and kicked without slowing her run. She missed wide by 10 feet. "That would have been in if it was a soccer goal," Martin called back to Trogdon.


10/13/2000 12:00am

SportsSaturday - DePlatchett Fills In Admirably

Regardless of the size of Jenni Branam's feet, Kristin DePlatchett had large shoes to fill. Branam, a freshman All-American last season, left for Australia on Sept. 10 as an alternate goalkeeper for the U.S. Olympic soccer team.


10/12/2000 12:00am

'Pack's Rivers Floods Defenses With Yardage, TDs

College football analysts and experts love to speculate about postseason individual awards during the season. They debate who is most deserving of the Heisman Trophy. They rank their candidates for the Butkus Award, with each expert trying to impress the others with a great sleeper pick. But there's not much talk about this season's ACC Rookie of the Year contest. Because there is none. Philip Rivers is the man.


10/12/2000 12:00am

Women's Soccer Holds Off Feisty Wolfpack

RALEIGH - It's not all that surprising that the North Carolina women's soccer team beat N.C. State on Wednesday. It is perhaps a little surprising how close the Wolfpack kept the game. UNC, leading the nation with an average of five goals per game, had to settle for three in a 3-0 shutout at the WRAL Soccer Center. The Tar Heels (12-1, 3-1 in the ACC) hadn't played since Sept.


10/11/2000 12:00am

New Weapons Firing Deep for UNC

Former North Carolina wide receiver Na Brown was affectionately known as "Spot" during his UNC career. Brown, a great possession receiver who now plays in the NFL for the Philadelphia Eagles, developed a reputation for not being able to outrun defenders and make big plays. But last year's Tar Heels made "Spot," who left in 1998, look like a speed demon. UNC's longest play of the season was 45 yards, coming on a pass thrown from Domonique Williams to Kory Bailey. Things are a little different in 2000.


10/11/2000 12:00am

Field Hockey Survives Overtime at Wake

WINSTON-SALEM - North Carolina senior forward Kristen McCann scored her third goal of Tuesday evening's game with 11:04 remaining in the first overtime period to give the Tar Heels a 4-3 win against fourth-ranked Wake Forest. UNC, ranked third, improved to 13-1 on the season and will host No. 5 Michigan on Friday at 2 p.m. Wake's Jenny Everett scored first, with 27:17 remaining in the first half, but McCann tied the game with an unassisted goal less than two minutes later.


10/10/2000 12:00am

UNC Prepares for Wake With Similar Approach

Revenge has become a factor every time North Carolina and Wake Forest have met in a field hockey match in the last two years. UNC (12-1, 2-0 in the ACC) gained the upper hand the last time the two teams met, defeating Wake Forest 3-2 at Henry Stadium on Sept. 30. The win knocked Wake (11-1, 2-1) from third in the nation to fourth and restored the Tar Heels to No. 3 in the rankings. The victory was also good for bragging rights in the ACC because tonight's 7 p.m. game at Wake's Kentner Stadium will not count toward ACC totals.


10/10/2000 12:00am

Bye Week Allows Tar Heels to Focus

The North Carolina football team's bye week couldn't have come at a more opportune time. The Tar Heels used last week to get over their 42-28 loss to Georgia Tech on Sept. 30 - a game they should have won. The team got back to basics, working on blocking schemes and line assignments for the majority of last week's practices. UNC focused more on improving its game than worrying about N.C. State, its opponent on Saturday.


10/10/2000 12:00am

Meniane Still Alive at All-American Championships

ATLANTA - North Carolina sophomore Trystan Meniane has advanced to the qualifying tournament of the All-American Championships. Meniane won four matches in the pre-qualifying stage of the tournament during the weekend. He will play Florida's Nathan Overholser in the first round today at 11:30 a.m. Each player must win two matches to advance to the main draw of the tournament, which begins Wednesday.


10/9/2000 12:00am

Duke Runs Away With Title

No Beth Bauer? No problem. The Duke women's golf team, which lost the two-time All-American to the professional ranks this summer, proved that it still has the talent - if not great depth - to challenge for a national championship. The Blue Devils - all six of them - survived the unpredictable weather at Finley Golf Course en route to a victory in the Franklin Street Trust Tar Heel Invitational on Sunday. Duke, which finished the three-round tournament at 30-over-par, defeated second-place Tennessee by 19 strokes. North Carolina finished 12th at 91-over.


10/9/2000 12:00am

UNC Rebounds From Early Goal, Crushes Maryland

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - It took a brief scare in the form of an early deficit, but the North Carolina men's soccer team added another chapter to what continues to develop into a breakthrough year. The No. 10 Tar Heels rattled off five goals after falling behind in the eighth minute against Maryland, taking out the Terrapins 5-1 Saturday night at Ludwig Field. The victory gave UNC (10-2, 3-1 in the ACC) three road wins against ACC opponents for the first time since 1962 - one more sign that this is shaping up as a not-so-typical year.


10/9/2000 12:00am

UNC Loses Singles Matches, Wins 3rd Place in Doubles

The North Carolina women's tennis team advanced to the singles final rounds for the second weekend in a row. UNC won three singles flights last weekend in the Lady Gamecock Fall Tennis Classic but fell short in all three singles finals on Sunday in the Carolina Classic. In the A singles flight, UNC's Marlene Mejia was defeated by Ansley Cargill from Duke 6-3, 6-3. Sophomore Kate Pinchbeck lost to Hillary Adams of Duke 6-4, 1-6, 6-2 in the B singles flight. Representing the C singles flight, Courtney Zalinski fell to Anla Dumitrescu of Virginia Commonwealth 6-3, 6-4.


10/9/2000 12:00am

Volleyball Continues ACC Streak

The North Carolina volleyball team remained unbeaten in the ACC by picking up two more conference victories during the weekend. UNC went on the road to defeat Maryland on Friday and Virginia on Saturday. The Tar Heels (16-3, 6-0 in the ACC) nearly saw their streak of conference perfection end against the Cavaliers. UNC dropped the first two sets before rallying to win the final two to take the match 4-15, 15-17, 15-6, 15-12, 15-11. Freshman Nicole Reis recorded a season-high 29 kills and also added 16 digs. Two other Tar Heels also posted double digits in kills.