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WEDNESDAY. APRIL. 9, 2008
Tar Heels fall in Durham
BY DAVID REYNOLDS
STAFF WRITER
DURHAM The Duke women's
tennis team gathered on the court
after its match against I'N'C. crying
out a resounding “Our house!"
And on this Tuesday no one
could question them.
Riding a wave of confidence from
decisive victories against N.C. State
and Wake Forest, the No. 15 UNC
rolled into its match against rival No.
7 Duke poised to pull off an upset.
But what UNC (14-7. 5-;} ACC)
found in Durham was a Blue Devil
team doing its
best imitation
of a brick wall,
stopping the Tar
Heels' momen
tum train before
WOMEN'S
TENNIS
UNC 2
Duke 5
it got started. Duke got its revenge
for two losses last season by beating
UNC 5-2 in dominant fashion.
Duke (14-3. 7-2) threw the first
punches quickly and effectively as it
took the doubles point and surged
to straight-set wins at Nos. 3 and 5
singles, and UNC suddenly found
itself in a 3-0 hole.
UNC coach Brian Kalbas said
Dukes fast start made it difficult for
the Tar 1 leels to make a comeback.
“Momentum is kind of a funny
thing," he said. “You can sense it
when it’s going, and once it turns
it's kind of difficult to regroup."
UNC held off Duke a little lon
ger. but the Blue Devils finally
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broke through when UNC junior
I .aura Reichert fell at No. 4 singles
to clinch the match for Duke.
Sophomore Sana/ Maraud and
junior Meg Fanjoy finally put the
Tar Heels on the scoreboard with
wins at Nos. 1 and 6 singles, but
the team result subdued the excite
ment of their victories.
“We're better than we played
today," junior Austin Smith said. “I
don't want to take any credit away
from Duke because they are a great
team, but we didn't finish off points
how we could have."
Kalbas had similar sentiments
about the team not playing up to
its potential and said the Tar Heels’
inability to seize control of the
match led to their demise.
“We as a team have to understand
when the momentum is on our
side, how to keep it and when the
momentum is not on our side, how
to make the adjustments to turn it,"
he said. “1 lere. at their place against
a talented team, you can't give free
points, free energy, and we gave
them too much of that today."
With six umpires observing
instead of three, a large pro-Duke
crowd and the looming pressure of
the UNC-Duke rivalry, the match
had a decidedly bigger feel than a
normal ACC match. Smith said that
while she was not nervous because
of her experience, it played a factor
with other members of the team.
“When we played here my fresh -
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No. 15 North Carolina's sophomore
Katrina Tsang hits a backhand dur
ing UNC's 5-2 loss against No. 7
Duke on Tuesday in Durham.
man year. I was .as nervous as I have
ever been, and it was horrible." Smith
said. “1 think that as a team as a
whole, we were kind of nervous com
ing in here playing against Duke."
But even after the tough loss,
Marand said the Tar Heels are
still upbeat and optimistic about
this weekend's final regular sea
son matches against Virginia and
Virginia Tech.
“At the end we were a little bit
down we lost, but 1 think we can
bounce back and hopefully win these
two matches on the road." she said.
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Offense sputters against Elon
BY DANIEL PRICE
ASSISTANT SPORTS EDITOR
CARY lt was a night of
first-in-a-whiles for the No. 4
North Carolina baseball team in
Tuesday’s 2-0 loss to the visiting
Elon Phoenix.
Coming off a loss to then-No. 14
Georgia Tech on Sunday, it was the
first time UNC lost two consecu
tive home games since March 17
and March 18 last season against
Virginia.
“We don't lose too many games
back to back here," UNC coach
Mike Fox said. “We pride ourselves
in being able to respond after a loss.
I'm probably more disappointed
in that than the
fact that we got
shut out."
A lack of hits
with runners in
BASEBALL
Elon 2
UNC 0
scoring position doomed the Tar
1 leels. UNC (25-7) also failed to take
advantage of a hit batsman and two
straight infield errors from Elon (28-
7) in the sixth inning as a groundnut
to first by pinch-hitter Mark Fleury
left runners on first and second.
“Twenty out of our 27 outs we
made too easy for them." Fox said.
Indicative of the Tar HeeLs' luck on
the night, earlier in the same frame a
diring catch from Elon center fielder
Chris Dove turned into a double play
as the junior doubled off UNC's Seth
Williams at first base.
Elon. on the other hand, took
advantage of nearly every Tar Heel
mistake.
An errant pickoff throw to
first from starting UNC pitcher
Patrick Johnson in the second
inning advanced Elon shortstop
Neal Pritchard to second. And the
Phoenix had no trouble getting him
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North Carolina first baseman Dustin Ackley beats out a ground ball
during the Tar Heels' 2-0 shutout loss against the Elon Phoenix in Cary.
home, as the next batter Dallas
Tarlcton sent a double to right
center, scoring Pritchard easily.
The shutout was also a rarity
for the Tar Heels, who hadn't been
blanked since an April 1.2007 con
test with Wake Forest.
But it wasn't just the UNC
lineup that was responsible for the
not-often-seen goose egg on the
scoreboard.
The other team had something to
do with it. Elon starting pitcher Cory
Harrilchak hail his best stuff'on the
mound.
Harrilchak pitched seven
innings and allowed just five hits
and two walks while striking out
three Tar Heel batters.
Five Tar Heels who registered
at least two at bats went hitless.
Among them was third baseman
Kyle Seager. who was in the midst
of a 27-game hitting streak.
"I had a pretty good run," Seager
said. “I would have liked to get a hit
today, not so much for the streak's
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One aspect of Tuesday’s game
that was anything but a rarity
was the high strikeout count for
Johnson.
Johnson tied his career high for
Ks with seven, the fourth time this
season that he has struck out seven
batters. But despite the strikeouts
and lowering his ERA to 1..91.
Johnson picked up the loss.
“Patrick couldn't locate his fast
ball at all." Fox said. “But he was
able to kind of work around that
and get some breaking halls over,
and he got some strikeouts.... After
five innings he came out 1-0. You
can't ask for anymore than that."
UNC won't have much time to
work out of its recent offensive
funk. The Tar Heels play four
games in the next six days, start
ing todav against North Carolina
A&T.
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