North Carolina softball coach Donna Papa likes her team to imagine each hit pushing its opponent down. And the Tar Heels used that mentality to claim a decisive 11-4 win against the Elon Phoenix Wednesday night at Anderson Stadium.
When called on to help her team finish its season strong, redshirt senior Teri Diamond is going to come out swinging — on the uneven bars, that is.
When the North Carolina gymnastics team took on No. 18 Penn State on Friday night, nothing could spoil the Tar Heels’ enthusiasm. Despite losing the meet 195.925 to 192.975, the Tar Heels felt good about the progress they’ve made so far.
History repeated itself when the North Carolina gymnastics team took on Maryland in Carmichael Arena on Saturday. The team’s season opener was marked by individual triumphs, but the Tar Heels eventually fell to the Terrapins, losing the meet 193-192.6.
To prepare for the first two meets of the season, the North Carolina gymnastics team has treated practice more like competition, even performing routines for a nationally certified judge — assistant coach Penny Jernigan.
Even coming off its worst losing streak of the season, the North Carolina volleyball team feels just as confident as ever going into its final three matches. That’s because this time, the Tar Heels (21-9, 12-5 ACC) will be back in familiar and comfortable territory, playing Clemson, Georgia Tech and N.C. State in Carmichael Arena.
The North Carolina field hockey players know that the first five minutes of a game are critical for setting the pace and securing a win. So it came as no surprise when the Tar Heels scored their first goal just two minutes into the game, with junior forward Elizabeth Stephens leading the charge.
Sophomore middle hitter Shelby Bleke wasn’t surprised when the Miami volleyball team did everything in its power to slow Friday’s game.
No. 14 Florida State has seen defeat this season, dropping two matches to No. 23 Tennessee and No. 2 Florida, but it hasn’t seen a loss like this one in a long time. The North Carolina volleyball team snapped the Seminoles’ 19-game ACC winning streak in a narrow five-set victory (18-25, 25-20, 18-25, 25-22, 16-14) Thursday.
Veteran play from senior outside hitter Courtney Johnston, the Tar Heel Classic tournament MVP, senior middle hitter Christine Vaughen and junior libero Kaylie Gibson lifted the Tar Heels to a 9-4 record for the season.