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Thursday June 1st

Women in Sports Series

Inspired by The Michigan Daily's women sports initiative, The Daily Tar Heel is making a renewed commitment to covering the stories of the women in athletics from the perspective of the women on our sports staff.

The DTH is introducing The Women In Sports series, which will produce stories once a week about women by women for the coming year. 

If you have any story ideas or women you think should be highlighted, please email

Chapel Hill High School Junior Brooklyn Harker (14) prepares to make a block for her teammate at a game. Photo Courtesy of Tina ConyeSmith.

Brook Harker breaks gender barrier to star for Chapel Hill High School football team

Although her main focus is doing whatever it takes to help her team win, Chapel Hill High School junior Brook Harker is aware of her platform as the school's first female football player. Unlike most of the other small number of women playing football, who usually play non-contact roles like kicker, Brook specializes in playing free safety. In last Friday’s game, Brook managed to kick for two extra points, deflect a pass, catch an interception and even play a few snaps on offense.

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First year Natalia Aseguinolaza completes a swing during a practice round at Finley Golf Course on Friday, September 4, 2020. Photo courtesy of Jeffrey Camarati for UNC Athletic Communications.

Amid COVID-19, Natalia Aseguinolaza journeyed from Spain to join UNC women's golf

First-year women's golfer Natalia Aseguinolaza, a native of San Sebastian, Guipuzcoa, Spain, made her transition to UNC during this virtual fall semester. While it is nowhere close to normal, Aseguinolaza does not regret her decision to make the move across the world. “Even if we don’t have a season, it’s helping me a lot to practice every day without the pressure of the tournaments. I felt it would be a great opportunity to adapt to here," she said.

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'We get championships': Reliving the highs, lows of UNC women's soccer's 1990 title run

2020 is the 30th anniversary of the 1990 UNC women's soccer NCAA Championship team, one of the greatest collegiate teams in soccer history. The Tar Heels saw their 103 no-loss streak snapped after a 3-2 loss to Connecticut after a questionable call and free kick En route to a national championship, North Carolina defeated N.C. State on a last minute goal in a game dubbed the "Greatest Game in Women's Soccer History." UNC avenged its loss to UConn in the NCAA Championship, defeating the Huskies 6-0, with the largest margin of victory in NCAA history to that point. 

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Destiny Cox (1) spikes against UNC-Greensboro in Carmichael Arena Friday, Aug. 31.

Destiny Cox, a Tar Heel born and bred superstar for UNC Volleyball

Destiny Cox was slated to be the next great track star in her family, before she made a important announcement to her family. She wanted to play volleyball instead. As a four-your starter at Carrboro High School, Destiny led the team to a pair of Eastern Region runner-up finishes in 2014-15 and helped capture back-to-back state titles in 2016 and 2017, going on to earn NCHSAA 2A State Most Valuable Player honors two consecutive years. “My greatest accomplishment would be coming to UNC," Cox said. "Just because I could have honestly gone anywhere in the country I wanted to play volleyball, and so deciding to come here to an ACC school definitely surprised a lot of people, but I'm super proud of it.”

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