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Wednesday December 7th

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UNC overcomes size for exhibition victory

The final exhibition game for the North Carolina women's basketball team against the larger Athletes in Action provided the Tar Heels with a more physical challenge. "They muscled us up some, and their size bothered us," said UNC coach Sylvia Hatchell. "When they're standing side-by-side, that's a factor, but when on the move, it's our advantage." UNC's speed translated to a 92-57 victory Tuesday, led by top scorers Camille Little and Ivory Latta, who added 24 and 17 points, respectively.

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UNC qualifies for at-large NCAA bid

Strong finishes by several North Carolina athletes at the NCAA Region III Championship sealed the women's cross country team's ticket to the NCAA Championships in Terre Haute, Ind. UNC finished third overall, behind Duke and N.C. State. The top two teams automatically qualified for the NCAA competition, and UNC received an at-large bid to the national meet. Junior Carol Henry captured first place in the 6K race with a time of 19 minutes, 57.5 seconds, just ahead of senior Erin Donohue (20:07.4).

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Sports briefs

Tar Heels earn berth in NCAAs INDIANAPOLIS - Thanks to a 10-8-2 record against one of the nation's most challenging schedules, North Carolina has earned an at-large bid to the 48 team field of the 2004 NCAA Men's Soccer Championship, as announced Monday. The Tar Heels, who are making their school-record sixth straight postseason appearance, will host Atlantic 10 champion George Washington (9-8-4) at 6 p.m. Friday at Fetzer Field. The winner will play a second round match at 16th-seeded Virginia Commonwealth on Tuesday.

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Tar Heel defense fails in 2nd half

The North Carolina men's soccer team went into halftime of its ACC Tournament semifinal against Maryland on Saturday with a scoreless tie and feeling pretty good about its chances to make it to the finals. After taking a 2-1 lead in the second half, things looked even more promising for the Tar Heels. That's when things fell apart for UNC, as Maryland netted three unanswered goals in a span of 11 minutes.

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UNC resilient in dramatic victory

WINSTON-SALEM - The North Carolina football team has experienced both thrilling wins and embarrassing losses this season, often one right after the other. Similar highs and lows occurred within North Carolina's 31-24 victory against Wake Forest on Saturday. Some of the Tar Heels' best plays followed some of their worst mistakes, but UNC proved to be resilient throughout the game. Thirty-one points seemed out of reach for UNC after a scoreless first quarter, but the Tar Heels were ready to provide some surprises.

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Season-saving win

WINSTON-SALEM - When North Carolina defeated Wake Forest last season, the Tar Heels struck a dagger in the Deacons' bowl hopes. On Saturday, UNC had the opportunity to shatter the Deacons' bowl hopes again - but unlike last season, the Tar Heels had something to play for as well. Needing a win to keep UNC's bowl aspirations alive, Jesse Holley's 46-yard touchdown reception in the final minute earned the Tar Heels a 31-24 victory at Groves Stadium.

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Guess blossoms after switch

North Carolina sophomore Elizabeth Guess walked into the makeshift interview room in the McCaskill Soccer Center on Saturday afternoon, clutching a piece of pizza in one hand and a bottle of water in the other. Minutes earlier, Guess and her women's soccer teammates had completed a convincing second-round victory in the NCAA Tournament, but when Coach Anson Dorrance looked at Guess, he wanted to know, of all things, what she was drinking. "I don't know," she responded between bites of her pizza. "Well, keep drinking it," Dorrance replied.

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Terps' 2nd-half barrage dooms UNC to defeat

CARY - The performance of the North Carolina men's soccer team in its ACC semifinal matchup against Maryland looked similar to its play in its quarterfinal battle with N.C. State. UNC held its opponent scoreless in the first 45 minutes. Then, in the second half, the Tar Heels switched gears and woke up offensively by scoring twice. But this time, UNC failed to continue its defensive efficiency, allowing the Terps to score three unanswered goals on 10 second-half shots and defeat the Tar Heels 4-2 Saturday.

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Tradition reigns at Old ND

Somewhere between being thrown in the air for push-up number 14 and push-up 21 after Notre Dame scored a touchdown to tie Pittsburgh at 21 Saturday, I came to a saddening realization. Even with North Carolina's realistic shot at a bowl appearance and a seemingly improving football program, UNC can never become a football school because it lacks one crucial element - tradition. While most Tar Heels support the team when times are good, they disappear when times are bad. The love of the squad that takes the gridiron is not ingrained in our souls.

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UNC exits NCAA tourney early

It was not supposed to end like this for the North Carolina field hockey team. No. 1 UNC was not supposed to play No. 4 Duke in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. The Tar Heels were not supposed to lose at Henry Stadium, where they had been undefeated for a year. The talented senior class was not supposed to leave Chapel Hill without making it to the Final Four. But the Blue Devils beat the Tar Heels 2-1, cutting UNC's season short - short of the team's national championship dream. Short by a goal.

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UNC drops 2 and falls in ACC

Although the weather in Chapel Hill was dismal Friday and Saturday night, Carmichael Auditorium didn't provide much refuge for the North Carolina volleyball team. The Tar Heels lost their final two regular season conference matches - both in four games - to Miami and Florida State. On Saturday night, UNC (16-14, 9-7 in the ACC) dropped the first two games of its match with the Seminoles, 30-27 and 30-21. North Carolina came alive in the third, edging Florida State 30-28 behind seven kills from junior Dani Nyenhuis and six digs from Brittany Randel.

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Henry victorious in NCAA regionals

FROM WIRE REPORTS Junior Carol Henry took the individual NCAA Region III championship with a winning time of 19 minutes, 57.5 seconds Saturday at Lake Kristi in Greenville. Senior Erin Donohue completed the 6K course in 20:07.4, good for second place overall, helping the Tar Heels finish third overall in the team competition. Rivals Duke and N.C. State finished first and second, respectively, to secure automatic bids to the NCAA Championship meet. Henry's time was a career best for the 6,000 meters.

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Marvin Williams starts in victory

After Marvin Williams' tentative debut a week before, North Carolina upperclassmen Jawad Williams and Sean May tried to loosen up the preseason ACC Rookie of the Year before Friday's game against Mount Olive. As UNC was doing its pre-game stretch, the two big men surrounded the freshman and playfully pushed him around the Smith Center court. But as it turned out, it would be Marvin Williams who gave UNC the spark it needed to defeat the Trojans 100-69 in its final exhibition game.

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UNC takes loss hard after 20-2 run

As the nal seconds of the second round of the NCAA Field Hockey Tournament elapsed, Duke carefully maneuvered the ball and broke into a classic celebratory tackle. North Carolina trickled back to its bench after the 2-1 loss, leaving three Tar Heels and a chance at its first Final Four run since 2000 behind. Sophomore Brooke Miller and seniors Laura Douglas and Katy Potter collapsed in tears, balled up trying to comprehend that their now 20-2 season was over. Teammates aided the anguished Potter and Douglas, while Miller remained in the center of the field.

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Tarpley hat trick keys win

The game's outcome had long since been determined, but Lindsay Tarpley didn't seem to care. With eight minutes remaining, she ripped a shot that deflected off William & Mary goalkeeper Kellie Fenton and rolled toward the goal line, a shot most players would have stood and watched admiringly. But before any Tribe defender could clear the ball away, Tarpley followed her shot and blasted it emphatically into the net.

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Tar Heels sail to 2nd round

After a grueling ACC Tournament that included four overtime periods and a come-from-behind victory, the North Carolina women's soccer team wanted a change of pace in its next contest. On Thursday afternoon, that's exactly what it got. The No. 1 Tar Heels thoroughly dominated Campbell in their NCAA Tournament first-round match at Fetzer Field, beating the Camels 6-0 for their seventh-consecutive NCAA Tournament victory.

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Bowl hopes ride on line in showdown

Game and Time: North Carolina at Wake Forest. Kickoff is at noon. Site: Groves Stadium. TV/Radio: Jefferson-Pilot Sports will televise the game, seen locally on WRAL. The Tar Heel Sports Network will provide radio coverage; its flagship station is WCHL-AM, 1360. 2004 Records: North Carolina is 4-5, 3-3 in the ACC. Wake Forest is 4-4, 1-4 in the ACC. Series: North Carolina leads 66-32-2.

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UNC women shift strategy for NCAAs

While the North Carolina women's cross country team's second-place finish in the ACC Championships might have been a disappointment, it wasn't necessarily surprising to the team. "I knew that Duke had beaten us," said senior Alice Schmidt. "They had an awesome race. You could tell within the first 1,000 meters of the 6,000-meter race that they had their top five or six girls in front of me, and I was running third for the team."

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Tar Heels slip past Wolfpack

CARY - After failing to connect on six first-half shots, it appeared that the North Carolina men's soccer team would make like the weather and go cold in its first-round ACC Tournament matchup against N.C. State on Wednesday. But the Tar Heels caught fire after the break as they scored two goals in an eight-minute span to defeat the Wolfpack 2-0 at SAS Soccer Park.

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UNC moves closer to tournament bid

CARY - When the season began, it seemed a formality that the North Carolina men's soccer team would be playing deep into the postseason. But after the squad started the season 2-5-2, it wasn't clear whether UNC would even qualify for the NCAA Tournament. Now, after losing their fifth game - a heartbreaking loss to rival Duke - the Tar Heels have won eight of their last 10 games. Some of the early struggles for UNC can be blamed on what coach Elmar Bolowich called a "suicide schedule."

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