SPORTS


11/3/2000 12:00am

UNC Cornerbacks Face Test Against Panther Wideouts

Game and time: North Carolina at Pittsburgh. Kickoff is at 6:30 p.m. Site: Three Rivers Stadium. TV/radio: The game will be televised on ESPN2. The Tar Heel Sports Network will provide live radio coverage; its flagship station is WCHL 1360-AM. Records: UNC is 3-5 overall, 1-5 in the ACC.


11/3/2000 12:00am

Trio Bounced From Qualifying

Sam Paul would love to have eight months to prepare his men's tennis players instead of eight weeks. Yet that's the downside to playing tennis in the fall. There's simply no time. And the North Carolina coach knows it. "One thing about fall tennis is that we have some guys trying to make certain adjustments on their games, so they're not playing well," Paul said. Working to make those adjustments wasn't easy for North Carolina's Greg Archer, Max Hilkey and Nicholas Monroe on Thursday.


11/3/2000 12:00am

McCann, Shelton Earn ACC Honors

North Carolina senior forward Kristen McCann was chosen the ACC field hockey player of the year by the league's five coaches Thursday.


11/3/2000 12:00am

Tar Heels Avoid Upset, Advance in ACC Tourney

Assistant SportSaturday Editor DURHAM - In the 12 years of the ACC women's soccer tournament, the only team besides North Carolina to capture the title was N.C.


11/2/2000 12:00am

Field Hockey Awaits Opponent

North Carolina field hockey coach Karen Shelton has a saying she drills into the heads of her players. "(Shelton) always says, `Our most important game is our next game,'" sophomore goalkeeper Amy Tran said. That means UNC's most important game is Friday at 7 p.m., when the team plays in the first round of the ACC tournament. After going undefeated in league play, UNC earned the No. 1 seed and a game against either Duke or ninth-ranked Virginia. UNC won't find out who its semifinal opponent is until the Blue Devils and the Cavaliers battle at 2 p.m.


11/2/2000 12:00am

UNC Men Stay Alive In Singles

Nicholas Monroe knows he has no choice but to play aggressive tennis. And that's just to qualify. Knowing he may log overtime on the court didn't stop the North Carolina freshman from posting an impressive 6-3, 6-2 win Wednesday afternoon against East Tennessee State's Juan Yannuzzi. Monroe will now move on in the qualifying rounds of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association South Atlantic Regional Indoor Championships at UNC's Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center. Tournament play begins at 8 a.m. today.

11/2/2000 12:00am

Tar Heels Head to ACCs Looking for Redemption

Following its worst ACC regular season showing in history, the North Carolina women's soccer team has been handed a clean slate for the conference tournament this weekend. But the third-seeded Tar Heels (13-3, 4-3 in the ACC) will have to take advantage of their fresh start without their third-leading scorer. Sophomore forward Susan Bush was lost for the remainder of the season when she tore the anterior cruciate ligament in her right knee during practice on Oct.


11/1/2000 12:00am

UNC Faces Uphill Battle At ITA Championships

It won't be all strawberries and cream for the North Carolina men's tennis team this week. Even with the home-court advantage. UNC heads into this week's Intercollegiate Tennis Association's South Atlantic Regional Indoor Championships without a Tar Heel seeded in either the singles or doubles brackets. But this isn't a cause for concern for UNC coach Sam Paul. "I don't put much stock into seeds," Paul said.


11/1/2000 12:00am

Tar Heels Hold Off Wolfpack Rally

Halloween night started well but later provided the North Carolina volleyball team with a scare. Before the match UNC honored it's three seniors: defensive specialists Liz Feldman and Lisa Fryer and outside hitter Casey Simpson. Then UNC jumped all over rival N.C. State, taking a 2-0 lead in games. But the night turned ugly. UNC quickly lost the lead and was forced into a deciding game five against the Wolfpack. But, like it began, Senior Night ended on a positive note as the Tar Heels beat State 3-2 (15-12, 15- 8, 7-15, 14-16, 15-7).


11/1/2000 12:00am

Tar Heels Hope Turf Energizes Ground Game

North Carolina football coach Carl Torbush knows some of his players aren't thrilled about traveling to Pittsburgh this weekend. And it's not because they have become tentative in the midst of a four-game losing streak.


10/31/2000 12:00am

Sullivan Wastes No Time Setting Personal Mark

Molly Sullivan didn't waste any time in the 2000-01 swimming season. In her first home meet of the year, the North Carolina swimmer obliterated her personal best in the 1,650-yard freestyle and continued to tear into UNC's record books. Sullivan scorched the field Saturday at Koury Natatorium in the 1,650 free with a time of 16 minutes, 32.19 seconds.


10/31/2000 12:00am

Women's Soccer Seeded 3rd in ACC Tournament

The North Carolina women's soccer team (13-3, 4-3 in the ACC) has received the third seed in the ACC tournament, which begins Thursday at Koskinen Stadium at Duke. Losing three games in a season for the first time since 1980, UNC dropped to sixth this week in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America poll. Notre Dame, Washington, Nebraska, Clemson and UCLA make up the top five. Virginia (No. 14), Florida State (No. 16) and Wake Forest (No. 22) are also ranked in the top 25. The Tar Heels will play the opening game of the ACC tournament at 1 p.m.


10/31/2000 12:00am

Parker Resurfaces in UNC Backfield

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Willie Parker saw an opportunity Saturday at Virginia and seized it. He grabbed a chance to go back in time, to his happy place - the start of North Carolina's 2000 football season and practice. "Coach told us at the beginning of the game, whoever made plays would stay in the game," the redshirt freshman tailback said. "I tried to make the most of it." Brandon Russell started the game, as always, at tailback, but gained 1 yard on two carries in UNC's opening series. When the Tar Heels got new life on the drive with a UVa.


10/30/2000 12:00am

UNC Offense Fails to Score Despite Opportunities

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - North Carolina just couldn't score on Saturday. The Tar Heels could contain Virginia's offense, getting five sacks and holding it to 227 yards. They could throw - 223 yards. They could run - 157 yards. They could gain first downs - 23 to UVa.'s 11. But UNC (3-5, 1-5 in the ACC) couldn't buy a touchdown in its 17-6 loss despite running 40 more plays than the Cavaliers in 14:58 more possession time. "We felt like we were moving the ball," UNC coach Carl Torbush said.


10/30/2000 12:00am

Cavs Hand UNC 4th Straight Loss

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Some college students do just enough to get by. They don't read their textbooks, don't go to class. But with the benefit of some late cramming sessions, they still manage to pass the course. Virginia brought that philosophy into its football game against North Carolina on Saturday. UNC piled up 380 total yards to Virginia's 227. But that advantage didn't translate to the scoreboard for the Tar Heels. The Cavaliers made the most of their yardage and earned a 17-6 victory in front of 56,692 fans. It marked North Carolina's 10th straight loss at Scott Stadium.


10/30/2000 12:00am

Monarchs Hand UNC 2nd Defeat of Season

NORFOLK, Va. - The North Carolina field hockey team finished its regular-season on a high note Sunday with a 4-0 win against William & Mary. The No. 2 Tar Heels got the only goal they would need with 12:17 remaining in the first half when back Abby Martin scored on a penalty corner. The shutout was the seventh of the season for UNC goalkeeper Amy Tran, who made three saves. The Tar Heels lost to top-ranked Old Dominion 2-1 in overtime Saturday at Foreman Field.


10/30/2000 12:00am

Women's Soccer Bounces Back, Stomps Terps

Maryland women's soccer coach Shannon Higgins-Cirvoski played on four undefeated national-title North Carolina teams in the late 1980s, so she never knew what it was like to lose as a Tar Heel. Sunday at Fetzer Field, she found out what can happen when the Tar Heels don't win. They get angry. Fifth-ranked UNC, coming off consecutive conference losses at Florida State and Wake Forest, scored three times in the game's opening five minutes and got goals from six different players as it rolled to a 6-0 victory against the Terrapins. "I knew they'd be pretty fired up," said Higgins-Cirv


10/30/2000 12:00am

Tar Heel Men Fall Short Of Expectations at ACCs

RALEIGH - The North Carolina men's cross country team got a taste of the country and a taste of disappointment Saturday at the ACC Championships. The Tar Heels placed fifth in a strong field featuring No. 12 Duke and No. 14 N.C. State. None of the runners felt as much at home as the Wolfpack at N.C. State's University Club Course, which features a scenic view of a pasture full of cattle. However, the Blue Devils (39 points) navigated the unfamiliar course easily and defeated the five-time defending ACC champion Wolfpack (49 points). N.C.


10/30/2000 12:00am

Bucy Leads Tar Heels To Victory

All season long, senior Michael Bucy has been a consistent, yet quiet part of the third-ranked North Carolina men's soccer team. Saturday night, in his last regular-season appearance under the lights of Fetzer Field, Bucy enjoyed being in the spotlight of the Tar Heel offense in a 4-1 victory against No.


10/30/2000 12:00am

Newcomers Excel as UNC Beats Rice

The beginning of the swimming and diving season is marked by long, grueling practices and tired athletes. These conditions usually don't lead to fast times, especially by a team's newcomers. Don't tell that to North Carolina's women swimmers and divers. The ninth-ranked Tar Heel women won their first meet of the season - and helped coach Frank Comfort pick up his 200th victory as the women's coach at UNC - on Saturday, cruising past Rice 201.5-83.5 at Koury Natatorium.