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Volleyball Regroups Before Tourney
After losing its final game
of the regular season, UNC
plays Clemson on Friday in
the conference tournament.
By Aaron Firr
When the North Carolina volleyball
team lost at Florida State last Friday,
they missed out on a chance to repeat as
regular-season ACC champions.
But this weekend, the Tar Heels will
try to vanquish the losing spirits to the
deep, dark recesses of FSU’s Tully Gym
and capture their third consecutive con
ference tournament title.
Second-seeded UNC (20-7,
12-4 in the ACC) looks to exorcise the
demons of defeat in a first-round ACC
Tournament match against seventh
seeded Clemson (10-16, 4-12) at 5 p.m.
North Carolina had little trouble dis
patching Clemson in the two regular
season meetings between the teams,
winning 3-1 on Oct. 2 and 3-0 on Nov. 4.
But the Tar Heels have to be careful
not to look past the Tigers.
“I think a lot of times it’s hard to beat
a team three times in a season,” said
UNC outside hitter Laura Greene.
“Having lost to a couple teams gives us
more knowledge of the teams and what
we have to do to beat them.”
This extra knowledge could come into
play if UNC gets by Clemson. Looming
in the second round will be the winner of
the Georgia Tech-Maryland match.
It was the Terrapins that ended
UNC’s 13-match winning streak on
Oct. 21. Since then, the Tar Heels have
limped to a 3-4 record and fallen to sec
ond place in the conference.
But North Carolina is most concerned
with Wake Forest and Tech. The Demon
Deacons spoiled UNC’s senior day with
a 3-1 thrashing on Oct 27, and the Yellow
Jackets handed the Tar Heels their second
consecutive loss a few days later.
“We need to come back and beat Wake
Forest and Georgia Tech,” said defensive
specialist Caroline deßoeck. “Three days
of volleyball: We should be good for that”
Effective defense will be key for North
Carolina, said UNC coach Joe Sagula.
“The difference is going to be main
taining defensive intensity because offen-
Johnson Tops Schilling,
Collects 4th Cy Young
The Associated Press
NEW YORK - Randy Johnson did
n’t have to share this award with Curt
The Big Unit, co-MVP of the World
Series with his Arizona Diamondbacks
teammate, won his third straight
National League Cy Young Award on
Tuesday, receiving 30 of 32 first-place
votes from a panel of the Baseball
Writers’ Association of America.
“I know Curt’s happy for me,”
Johnson said. “I talked to him earlier
today. He was calling me today to thank
me for getting him to this next level
where’s he at. I thought that was the
most flattering comment I’ve received
to this point in my career.”
Johnson was 21-6 and led the major
leagues with a 2.49 ERA and 372 strike
outs, the third most in a season behind
Nolan Ryan’s 383 in 1973 and Sandy
Koufax’s 382 in 1965. Schilling was 22-
6 with a 2.98 ERA and 293 strikeouts.
Johnson got two second-place votes
and 156 points. Schilling followed with
two firsts, 29 seconds and one third for
“This should be about Randy win
ning it, not me losing it,” Schilling told
ESPN Radio. “I feel from opening day
to the finish, 1 was the most consistent
pitcher in baseball. ... Was that good
enough to win the Cy Young.' 1 Not this
It was the fourth Cy Young Award
for Johnson, who won the AL honor
while pitching for Seattle in 1995. The
only other pitchers with four or more
Cy Youngs are Roger Clemens, a
favorite to win his sixth on Thursday
when the AL voting is announced, and
Steve Carlton and Greg Maddux, who
won four each.
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3-1 victory against the Tigers on Oct. 2. Reis and the Tar Heels take on the Tigers in Friday's ACC Tournament.
sively, we can do it with anybody,” Sagula
said. “We get an energy and we get a
focus because of how well we dig balls.”
Sagula said serving is the second key
to postseason success. North Carolina
“This has been a dream season,”
Johnson said, “not because of the Cy
Young Award but because another
dream was fulfilled.”
Arizona beat the New York Yankees
in Game 7 of the World Series on Nov.
4, and Johnson has had little time to
“It’s all been pretty surreal,” he said.
“Me and my wife had a vacation
planned. We put it off a few days so we
could take part in the ticker-tape
Johnson, a left-hander, led the majors
in strikeouts for the eighth time. He
struck out 10 or more 23 times for the
third straight season, matching the
record Ryan set with the California
Angels in 1973.
“The one thing that keeps me going
is I’m never content with anything,"
Johnson said. “If I was to retire today,
I’d like to think this was my best year.
But I’d like to think with hard work and
determination I could get better in cer
Like Ryan, Johnson is getting better
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had a season-high 14 aces in a three-game
sweep of N.C. State on Nov. 6, then had
just one ace in their loss to FSU.
“Not everyone has been playing their
best at the same time this season,”
Weary, Injured McGwire Retires
Mark McGwire missed half
of the 2000 season with an
injured right knee and
batted .187 in his final year.
The Associated Press
ST. LOUIS - Mark McGwire said
there’s “zero" chance he’ll be like Michael
Jordan and come out of retirement.
In his first interview since retiring
Sunday, McGwire told ESPN that his
mind is made up.
“Michael Jordan can control the
game,” McGwire said Tuesday. “Give
me the ball, I’ll do what I want with it.
When you’re a power hitter, you’re not
in control of anything. There’s absolute
ly no way. Zero.”
McGwire hit 583 home runs, 17 short
of becoming only the fourth player in
major league history to hit 600.
Although he said his 400th and 500th
homers were special, he doesn’t want to
chase numbers for numbers sake.
“I am not going to stick around the
game to climb up the ladder,”McGwire
said. “I’ve never been like that, I never
Strauss said. “So when that happens, I
feel bad for the other team.”
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will be like that.”
he was just taking
up roster space for
the St. Louis
Cardinals, the way
his career wound
most of the second
half of the 2000
season with an
injured right knee
and only batted
.187 with 29
homers in his final
St. Louis slugger
ended his career
with 583 home runs,
good for, fifth on the
“Heck, the last year-and-a-half I basi
cally wasn’t even in existence in base
ball,” McGwire said. “I feel like I’ve
been hanging around.”
That said, McGwire feels he’ll be a
first-ballot Hall of Famer along with Cal
Ripken and Tony Gwynn in five years.
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Curry's Return Sparks
Revival of 2-QB System
Quarterback Ronald Curry
returns to action against
Duke on Saturday after not
playing the last two games.
From Staff Reports
North Carolina quarterback Ronald
Curry returned to practice Tuesday after
the death of his cousin.
UNC coach John Bunting said the
team will return to the two-quarterback
system for Saturday’s game against
Duke, which means Curry should get
the start and play two series before red
shirt freshman Darian Durant takes over
for the next two series.
“I mean, that’s fine,” said Durant,
who started UNC’s games against
Georgia Tech and Wake Forest. “He
never lost the job in the first place."
Curry did not play against Georgia
Tech because of a hamstring injury - he
says it’s fine now -and was in his home
town of Hampton, Va. for his cousin’s
funeral for the Wake Forest game.
Durant also suffered a death in his
family and left the team for most of last
week’s practice. Curry said Tuesday he
complimented Durant’s performance in
the Wake Forest game - Durant com
pleted 24 of 32 passes for 361 yards -
but did not talk to him about his family.
“I don’t really want too many people
to come up to me and ask me how I’m
doing,” Curry said. “Just talking about it
brings tears to my eyes.”
Peppers Named Lombardi Finalist
Four of the nation’s top defensive
players - Alex Brown of Florida, Rocky
Calmus of Oklahoma, Dwight Freeney
of Syracuse and Julius Peppers of North
Carolina - have been named as finalists
for the 2001 Rotary Lombardi Award.
The winner will be Emnounced at the
32nd annual Rotary Lombardi Award
Dinner at the JW Marriott Hotel in
Houston on Dec. 5.
Durant Earns sth Rookie Award
North Carolina redshirt freshman
Darian Durant has been named the
ACC Rookie of the Week for the fifth
time this season, the conference
“It’s just something that comes after
you have a fantastic career,” McGwire
said. “And if the writers vote me in the
first time with Cal and Tony, that would
be totally awesome.”
McGwire said a combination of fac
tors led to his decision to walk away
from a S3O million, two-year contract
extension, including the injuries.
“You can’t say that it was the season,
you can’t say it was the injury, the
surgery,” McGwire said. “My mind and
body are worn out from playing base
ball since I was 12-years old.
“I’m done. I’ve always told myself
I’m not going to hang around and just
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Durant was sharp
Forest and set
records for com
yards and touch
downs in the loss.
It was fourth-best
passing day ever
at UNC and the
first time a Tar
Heel had thrown
holds four freshman
school records after
361 yards last week.
four touchdown passes since Chris
Keldorf had four against Duke in 1997.
Durant now owns UNC freshman
recojds for touchdown passes (16), com
pletions (124), passing yards (1,596) and
total offense (1,716).
Field Hockey Players Pick Up Honors
Six North Carolina field hockey play
ers have earned South Region All-
America honors, announced the
National Field Hockey Coaches
Association on Monday. Carrie Lingo,
Abby Martin and Amy Tran were named
to the first team, while Susan Hayes,
Meredith Keller and Abbey Woolley
were named to the second team.
As members of the first team, Lingo,
Hayes and Tran are in the running for
All-America honors, which will be
announced on Nov. 19.
Ist, 2nd Round of NCAA Tourney Set
North Carolina will host the first and
second rounds of the 2001 NCAA
Division I Women’s Soccer
Championship this weekend with games
Friday and Sunday at Fetzer Field.
The Tar Heels are the NCAA
Tournament’s No. 1 seed and will host
UNC-Greensboro Friday at 5 p.m. in a
first-round game. Tennessee and Duke
will meet in the second game at 7:30 p jn.
The winners of Friday’s games will
meet each other Sunday at 1 p.m. in the
second round of the NCAA Tournament
Tickets also will be available at the
Fetzer Field gate Friday at 3:30 p.m. and
Sunday at 11:30 a.m. Tickets are $7 for
adults, $3 for students and senior citizens
and $1 for children ages five and under.
be another player.”
McGwire had surgery to correct
patella tendinitis after spending the sec
ond half of the 2000 season on the dis
abled list. He lasted six games in 2001
before going back on the DL, and never
“The thought of rehabbing again and
going to spring training and hearing
(manager Tony Laßussa’s) 45-minute
dissertation on bunt plays is not appeal
ing whatsoever,” said McGwire. “You sit
back and think about this and you just
go, ‘I have no desire to do that.’ I am so
ready to move on with the second half
of my life."