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4/2/2001 12:00am

Move Indoors Aids Women's Tennis Win

The North Carolina women's tennis team weathered Saturday's storm, rallying to win against Florida State at Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center in the team's first ACC match of the season.UNC (10-3, 1-0 in the ACC) won the match 6-1 after winning the doubles point and four three-set matches.There was not a cloud in the sky when Julie Rotondi's 6-1, 6-2 victory gave UNC its first singles point, but with the Tar Heels leading 2-1, it began to rain.And the forecast for the Tar Heels was bleak.Marlene Mejia, the team's top player, was in the midst of her second set.


4/2/2001 12:00am

Track Wins 5 Events At Raleigh Relays

RALEIGH -- N.C. State's Paul Derr Track was packed. The stands were full, the shaded area next to the grandstand was littered with athletes seeking shelter from the sun, and the track itself was crowded by the participants of the Raleigh Relays. More than 100 teams were expected to show from colleges and clubs across the country in what was billed as one of the largest meets on the East coast. Against such a variety of talent, North Carolina's track and field athletes made their presence known by scooping up five first-place trophies.


4/2/2001 12:00am

Haus Falls to Former Team

North Carolina men's lacrosse coach John Haus knew that Johns Hopkins was bringing the most talented defense in the nation to Fetzer Field on Saturday.After all, Haus coached the Blue Jays to consecutive national final fours before taking the head job at his alma mater this season.But even Haus' first-hand knowledge of the No.


4/2/2001 12:00am

Double Helps UNC Edge Cavaliers

For the majority of the 2001 softball season, North Carolina has been plagued by missed opportunities to win close ball games.Entering Saturday's doubleheader against ACC rival Virginia, the Tar Heels had lost nine of the 13 contests this season that were decided by two runs or less, many of those losses at the hands of top competition. Against the Cavaliers at Finley Field, UNC alleviated the problem in the first game, prevailing 2-1 in nine innings in its ACC opener.


4/2/2001 12:00am

Long Road Stretches Before Haus

He left his players after only two seasons, but John Haus left the Johns Hopkins lacrosse program no worse than it was before.North Carolina's first-year lacrosse coach guided the Blue Jays to consecutive final fours in 1999 and 2000, nurturing hope among Hopkins boosters that he, finally, would be the one to lead the Blue Jays to the promised land -- their first title since 1987.It just wasn't meant to be. His alma mater came calling, and Haus couldn't resist.It wasn't easy to go.

3/30/2001 12:00am

Williams' Chance To Shine Cut Short

DURHAM -- Worthy. Jamison. Carter. Rosenbluth. Wallace. Lynch. Perkins. The list goes on and on.Jawad Williams wants to throw his name into the very large hat filled with the long line of great forwards who have donned Carolina blue.One of three high school seniors who have committed to play for North Carolina next season, Williams said after Wednesday night's McDonald's All-American game at Cameron Indoor Stadium that he's confident his name will land safely in that cap."I see myself being the next one," Williams said.


3/30/2001 12:00am

Haus to Face Off Against Old Team

What a strange sight it promises to be for John Haus on Saturday at Fetzer Field.On the field in front of North Carolina's lacrosse coach will be the players from Johns Hopkins, the team Haus coached to consecutive final fours in his two seasons as the Blue Jays' head coach before coming to UNC this season.On the sideline next to him will be David Pietramala, the man who not only took Haus' spot at Johns Hopkins but also was an All-American defenseman for the Blue Jays in the late 1980s at the outset of Haus' stint as defensive coordinator.Pietramala's assistant coaches, meanwhile, Se


3/30/2001 12:00am

Track to Compete Against 100 Other Squads

North Carolina men's and women's track team will travel to Raleigh for Adidas Raleigh Relays at Paul Derr track at N.C. State. More than 100 collegiate teams and track clubs will be represented in the two-day event, including ACC rivals N.C. State, Duke, Virginia and Florida State. The Tar Heels are coming off a successful showing at last weekend's UNC Challenge Cup as both the men's and women's teams took first place in front of Duke, N.C. State and St. Augustine.


3/29/2001 12:00am

Tar Heels Ruin Wolfpack Hopes

RALEIGH - N.C. State will have to wait yet another year to get its revenge on the North Carolina men's tennis team. For the second year in a row, UNC narrowly defeated the Wolfpack 4-3."They were definitely pumped up for the match," freshman Nick Monroe said. "Their coach on the sideline was like, 'You've got to win this match, we don't want to lose 4-3 like we did last year.'"Unfortunately for N.C.


3/29/2001 12:00am

Bentley To Transfer From UNC

North Carolina redshirt junior wrestler JohnMark Bentley, a three-time ACC Champion, will transfer to Oklahoma State next year.Bentley's departure marks the third time in the past year that a wrestler has left the UNC program. Skyler Holman transferred to Oklahoma State before the season started and Chuckie Connor left the program in January.UNC coach Bill Lam released Bentley from the UNC program last Wednesday."Oklahoma State is one of the best programs in the nation and one of the best programs of all time," Bentley said.


3/29/2001 12:00am

Pitcher's 13 Ks Help Winthrop Edge UNC

ROCK HILL, S.C. -- Jason Colson struck out 13 North Carolina batters in eight innings of work to help Winthrop to a 3-2 victory against the Tar Heels on Wednesday night at Knight's Stadium.Eagle Stas Swerdzewski hit a one-out single and was replaced on the base paths by Brian Snyder. Todd Friedman then doubled to left-center putting runners on seconds and third. UNC coach Mike Fox pulled Dennis Robinson for Daniel Moore.


3/28/2001 12:00am

Hot Offense Fuels UNC to Victory

With four minutes remaining in the first half, North Carolina coach Jenny Slingluff Levy was probably wondering what had happened to her Tar Heels.Playing unranked Virginia Tech at Fetzer Field, the No. 8 North Carolina women's lacrosse team led 5-1.


3/28/2001 12:00am

Baseball Forgets Error, Rallies in Final Inning

North Carolina baseball coach Mike Fox shifted around his defensive personnel in Tuesday's game against Elon to try to make something happen.After sophomore Sean Farrell's second throwing error at third base led to three Phoenix runs, what nearly happened was a loss.But four runs in the final two innings and a two-run triple off the bat of Jason Howell in the bottom of the ninth gave the Tar Heels a 5-4 victory in front of 105 at Boshamer Stadium and kept Fox from kicking himself too hard."I'm not sure we deserved to win that one," Fox said, "because early in the game,


3/27/2001 12:00am

Coyne's Control Gives Tar Heel Defense Confidence

After two straight close losses, North Carolina junior goalie Melissa Coyne faced another top-10 women's lacrosse team Saturday. No. 9 Virginia came to Henry Stadium, and Coyne was ready.Coyne's seven saves helped the eighth-ranked Tar Heels improve to 4-3, 1-2 in the ACC in their 15-12 victory. She will again put her skills to the test against Virginia Tech today for a 5 p.m. opening draw at Fetzer Field.


3/27/2001 12:00am

Sonke Struggles Under Defensive Microscope

The Jeff Sonke that stepped off Fetzer Field on Wednesday night was not the same Jeff Sonke of last season.This Jeff Sonke was noticeably subdued. Sure, he and the North Carolina lacrosse team had just suffered a painful 11-8 defeat to No. 10 Duke.But the Jeff Sonke of last season was always willing to talk after a defeat. After a loss to Virginia last year, only Sonke and fellow attackman Chase Martin voluntarily talked to the press.But Martin used up his eligibility last spring.


3/27/2001 12:00am

UNC Track Receives Accolades

North Carolina track and field athletes Jill Pedretti and Mike Cvelbar received ACC Performer of the Week honors after each turned in an NCAA provisional qualifying mark. Pedretti won the javelin and discus throws at the UNC Challenge Cup last weekend. Cvelbar won the decathalon last week at the Florida State Relays and finished second in the javelin throw at the UNC Challenge Cup.Baseball Game Time ChangedNorth Carolina's baseball game versus Elon College today has been moved to 3 p.m. at Boshamer Stadium.


3/26/2001 12:00am

Lacrosse Fends Off Virginia

The North Carolina women's lacrosse team said that draw controls are always a key part of the game. But No. 8 UNC managed to tally its first conference win by defeating No. 9 Virginia 15-12 without controlling many draws Saturday at Henry Stadium. "We just weren't getting them," junior defender Porter Wilkinson said. "That definitely gave (Virginia) some momentum and kept them in the game."The Cavaliers (4-4, 0-2 in the ACC) needed to do more than win the ball at midfield to stifle the Tar Heels' deep offense.


3/26/2001 12:00am

UNC Wins Doubles Point, Cruises Past Cavaliers

The North Carolina men's tennis team was 0-3 when it lost the doubles point entering Sunday's match against Virginia.And the Tar Heels did not want to test that trend.So getting the 2-1 win in the doubles portion of their match against Virginia was crucial. It gave UNC the early lead on their way to a 5-2 victory in their second ACC match of the season. The Tar Heels won their first Friday against Maryland 7-0."I thought we played well in a lot of spots against Maryland," UNC coach Sam Paul said. "I am really happy for our seniors today.


3/26/2001 12:00am

Gymnastics Places 5th At EAGLs

When a gymnastics team opens meets with two of its weaker events, a trend can be established:Slow start, solid finish.For the 2001 season, that was the unofficial motto for the North Carolina gymnastics team.Saturday night at the Smith Center, this scenario was played out again at the East Atlantic Gymnastics League Championships.Opening on vault and uneven bars, events in which UNC has struggled somewhat this season, the Tar Heels stumbled to a seventh place start.