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UCLA and North Carolina extend their perfectly pleasant volleyball starts, but Penn State strugglesUCLA swept three games in Hawaii and is off to its best start since winning the national championship in 2011.

Two weeks into the NCAA volleyball season, here’s what’s happening in the world of digs, kills and blocks.

Strong start for Bruins
Five years ago UCLA reached the pinnacle of the sport but hasn’t been close since, missing the postseason in 2013 and losing in the the regional semifinals the last two years.

Perhaps 2016 is the year the Bruins, picked to finish second to Stanford in the Pac-12, return to elite status. UCLA is ranked seventh in this week’s American Volleyball Coaches Association poll.

Behind seniors Jordan Anderson, Claire Felix and Taylor Formico, UCLA is 6-0, off to its best start since winning the national championship. The Bruins won three matches last week to take the Wahine Volleyball Classic in Honolulu.

The Bruins defeated Pacific and Missouri State before punctuating the weekend with a sweep of the host, No. 14 Hawaii. Anderson’s 39 kills were a tournament high with junior Reily Buechler right behind her with 36.

A note on the Rainbow Wahine: senior Nikki Taylor, a second-team All-American a year ago, returned to the lineup after missing Hawaii’s first two matches after dislocating her elbow in preseason. Starting middle blocker Annie Mitchem remains sidelined after breaking her left pinkie on Aug. 9.

Despite Hawaii’s loss, Taylor was named Most Outstanding Player of the tournament. UCLA’s Jennie Frager, with 27 kills and 16 assisted blocks in the three games, and Anderson also earned all-tournament honors.

UCLA and North Carolina extend their perfectly pleasant volleyball starts, but Penn State struggles

Tar Heels keep rolling
On the heels of a banner opening weekend, ACC preseason favorite North Carolina downed Duke and TCU to stay perfect.

North Carolina (5-0) opened the season with a rare upset of Penn State in the Nittany Lions’ home gym in a five-set thriller. It was only the 15th time ever that a nonconference opponent left Rec Hall a winner.

Freshmen continue to play in integral role in North Carolina’s success.

Playing across town in Durham, the Tar Heels posted their first 20-block outing in a decade behind freshman Sydnye Fields with 15 block assists, a school single-match record.

As a team, the Tar Heels recorded 21 stuffs and 38 block assists, also a school record.

Outside hitter Julia Scoles, MVP of the Penn State Classic and ACC freshman of the week after opening weekend, amassed 31 kills against Duke and TCU, which continues to receives votes in the national poll.

“[This freshman class is] learning a lot so early in their careers,” coach Joe Sagula said. “To get this experience and know how to fight through it is going to pay off later in the season. For Sydnye, as a freshman, to do what she did, it’s fantastic. It just means a lot for their future. The future for Carolina volleyball over the next few years looks good, because they’ll all be back.”

For good measure, the sweep of TCU was the 1,000th win in Tar Heels’ history.

No. 11 North Carolina will test its mettle this weekend, facing No. 2 Wisconsin and No. 5 Minnesota in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

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Georgia Bulldogs vs. North Carolina Tar Heels Preview and Prediction

The SEC and ACC meet three times for intriguing non-conference games on the opening weekend for the 2016 college football season, with the first matchup taking place in Atlanta between North Carolina and Georgia. This game is also the second time for both teams to make an appearance in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game. The Bulldogs played in this game back in 2011, losing 35-21 to Boise State. The Tar Heels made an appearance in 2010, dropping a 30-24 match up to LSU.

Georgia Bulldogs vs. North Carolina Tar Heels Preview and Prediction

A new era begins for Georgia on Saturday, as the Bulldogs play their first game under new coach Kirby Smart. Smart was hired to replace Mark Richt and elevate this program into contention for national championships on an annual basis. The Tar Heels are coming off their best season under coach Larry Fedora and open 2016 as the favorite to win the ACC Coastal. North Carolina led the ACC in scoring (40.7 ppg) last fall and should be near the top of the league once again. However, Fedora’s team faces a tougher schedule than it did last year and features question marks on defense in the front seven. Georgia holds a 16-12-2 series edge over North Carolina. However, these two teams have not played since the 1971 Gator Bowl.

North Carolina vs. Georgia (Atlanta)
Kickoff: Saturday, Sept. 3 at 5:30 p.m. ET
TV Channel: ESPN
Spread: Georgia -2.5

Three Things to Watch

1. The Quarterbacks Quarterback play is always under the spotlight, but there’s plenty of extra attention coming on Saturday afternoon for the signal-callers in this matchup. There’s more clarity to the quarterback situation at North Carolina, as junior Mitch Trubisky makes his first career start after shining in limited action in a backup role to Marquise Williams over the last two seasons. Trubisky has passed for 1,014 yards and 11 scores since 2014 and is also mobile enough (101 yards on 16 carries in 2015) to make plays on the ground. On the other sideline, Greyson Lambert was named as Georgia’s starter on Thursday, but true freshman Jacob Eason is expected to play. Eason was a five-star recruit in the 2016 signing class and ranked as the No. 2 overall quarterback in the 247Sports Composite. There’s no question Eason represents the future of Georgia football for coach Kirby Smart, but Lambert has the edge in experience and threw for 1,959 yards and 12 scores last year. How quickly will Eason work his way into this game? Will Smart and coordinator Jim Chaney give Lambert more than just a couple of series to get the offense on track? Regardless of which Georgia quarterback starts, both will have to be careful with the ball against a North Carolina secondary featuring two of the nation’s top cornerbacks in M.J. Stewart and Des Lawrence.

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North Carolina needs to focus on its ground gameT.J. Logan’s 13.3-yards-per-carry average (80 yards on six attempts) in UNC’s loss to Georgia makes a good case for the running back to get more carries. Charles Mitchell/Icon Sportswire

For many North Carolina fans, the opening game of 2016 felt a lot like the opener in 2015.

North Carolina’s defense held up relatively well. The ground game found plenty of room to run. North Carolina looked poised to knock off a big name from the SEC East.

And, like last season’s frustrating loss to South Carolina, the Tar Heels let another one slip away Saturday night as a 24-14 third-quarter lead morphed into a 33-24 Georgia victory.

Even Carolina coach Larry Fedora’s explanation for abandoning his ground game sounded familiar.

Indeed, UNC had 41 dropbacks for quarterback Mitch Trubisky, while the running backs got just 16 rushing attempts. And that was a problem, because Elijah Hood and T.J. Logan combined for 152 yards on those 16 attempts (9.5 yards per rush), while Trubisky averaged just 3.78 yards per dropback, the fourth-worst output by a Power 5 quarterback in Week 1 (and one of those worse was USC’s Max Browne, who had to face Alabama).

So, does Fedora’s explanation hold water?

On first down, UNC had 15 dropbacks that resulted in just 77 yards, or just over 5 per dropback. The Heels ran the ball 11 times on first down, averaging just better than 10 yards per rush. So before Fedora’s offense had a chance to get behind the chains, the play calls were already a bit perplexing. Moreover, on 23 of those 25 first-down plays, UNC faced six or fewer defenders in the box — seemingly prime opportunities to run the football.

On second down, UNC had 12 dropbacks and seven runs. Again, the passing game didn’t work well. Trubisky had just 25 yards on 12 throws, while the running backs averaged 7 yards a carry, including a whopping average of 5.43 before contact.

he problems throwing the ball on first and (particularly) on second down did result in UNC getting behind the chains on third down, with an average conversion distance of 6.6 yards. All 13 third-down plays were dropbacks (12 passes and a sack) resulting in just 53 total yards and just five conversions. Not good.

Overall Trubisky’s numbers were brutal. He was 4-of-10 for 50 yards on play-action throws and 0-of-7 on throws of 20 yards or more. Play-action and the deep ball were crucial components of UNC’s offensive attack in 2015, but they simply didn’t work at all against Georgia.

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ATHENS, Ga. — Georgia running back Nick Chubb has been cleared to play in the 18th-ranked Bulldogs’ season opener against No. 22 North Carolina inside the Georgia Dome on Saturday.

“He’s been cleared,” coach Kirby Smart said during his weekly news conference Monday. “It’s a situation where he’s scrimmaged and done live things. Had a lot of practices where he’s carried it more than five or seven times. We feel good about Nick, he feels great, and he’s ready to go. He won’t technically be on a pitch count by any means.”

Chubb has been ahead of his rehab schedule for months since he damaged several knee ligaments when he went down awkwardly on his first carry against Tennessee in October. The junior, who has rushed for 2,294 yards and 21 touchdowns in less than two full seasons of work, will return from his horrific knee injury less than a year later.

He averaged an SEC-high 8.1 yards per carry last season and had a string of 13 straight 100-yard rushing games before his injury.

Sophomore defensive lineman DaQuan Hawkins-Muckle said he has been impressed with Chubb’s quick recovery and thinks he’s actually been more physical in preseason practices.

“Me looking at him, he’s ready,” Hawkins-Muckle said. “… He’s even more physical than he was before. Nick Chubb’s always been a hard runner. … He’s an even harder runner [now].”

While Chubb’s status for Saturday’s game is confirmed, backup Sony Michel’s availability is still up in the air. The sophomore is recovering from a fractured left forearm he suffered over the Fourth of July weekend. Smart said that doctors have not cleared Michel to “tackle live,” leaving his availability for Saturday unknown.

“The situation is day-to-day, and we’re getting updates every day,” Smart said. “He’s doing more. He’s practiced.”

Georgia’s depth chart lists senior Brendan Douglas, who has 715 career rushing yards, or Chubb as the starters for Saturday’s game.

Georgia's Nick Chubb 'feels great' heading into UNC matchupRunning back Nick Chubb is set to see his first game action since October when Georgia plays North Carolina on Saturday. Todd Kirkland/Icon Sportswire

Sophomore wide receiver Terry Godwin Jr. said Chubb’s return makes the Bulldogs offense more formidable for opposing defenses, but it will also help open up a passing game that features a host of unproven players.

“The defense that we’re going play against, they’re always going to fear the run, knowing that we have someone back there that’s going to dominate the run,” Godwin said.

As for who will be the first person throwing the ball for the Bulldogs this weekend, that’s still unknown. Smart said senior Greyson Lambert and true freshman Jacob Eason are taking the most reps in practice, and the starting job will come down to those two. Junior Brice Ramsey has performed well in practice, Smart said, but the other two have distanced themselves from him of late. Ramsey is also listed as a punter on Georgia’s depth chart.

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September 12 2015: Members of the North Carolina Tar Heel football team, <a href=

find inclding safety Allen Artis (4), hospital and quarterback Mitch Trubisky (10) huddle in the tunnel prior to their home football opener against the visiting North Carolina A&T Aggies at Kenan Memorial Stadium in Chapel Hill, NC.” width=”300″ height=”200″ /> September 12 2015: Members of the North Carolina Tar Heel football team, inclding safety Allen Artis (4), and quarterback Mitch Trubisky (10) huddle in the tunnel prior to their home football opener against the visiting North Carolina A&T Aggies at Kenan Memorial Stadium in Chapel Hill, NC.

NCAA Football Week 1 Pick: Georgia Bulldogs vs. North Carolina Tar HeelsTwo teams ranked inside the Top 25 of the Associated Press poll to start the 2016 season; the Georgia Bulldogs will take on the North Carolina Tar Heels. The Georgia Bulldogs, pills are led by a new coach in Kirby Smart, price and will take on a Tar Heels team that feel they are being overlooked in […]

Two teams ranked inside the Top 25 of the Associated Press poll to start the 2016 season; the Georgia Bulldogs will take on the North Carolina Tar Heels. The Georgia Bulldogs, are led by a new coach in Kirby Smart, and will take on a Tar Heels team that feel they are being overlooked in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

The Georgia Bulldogs are led by a new head coach. Kirby Smart took over for Mark Richt. The Bulldogs finished a season last year where they won 10 games. The Bulldogs three losses during the 2015 season came to Alabama, Tennessee and Florida. Georgia won the Taxslayer Bowl over the Penn State Nittany Lions.

The North Carolina Tar Heels lost their first regular season game of the season last year. The Tar Heels then dropped their final two games, with a loss to Clemson, then a bowl loss to Baylor in the Russell Athletic Bowl. North Carolina is projected third in the Atlantic Coast Conference this season.

This game is played at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. At BetDSI, the Georgia Bulldogs are -2.5 over the North Carolina Tar Heels.

Tar Heels Look to Fill in Large Holes
The North Carolina Tar Heels saw several of their top offensive players leave after last season. Now, at quarterback for the Tar Heels – Mitch Trubisky. He will get the start after Marquise Williams was brilliant a season ago. The Tar Heels do return their top running back in Elijah Hood. A season ago, Hood rushed for more than 3,000 yards and 24 touchdowns.

North Carolina likes their receiving core of Ryan Switzer, Mack Hollins and Johnathan Howard, but certainly have questions with a new signal caller. Following this game for the Tar Heels, they will head to Champaign to take on the Fighting Illini of Illinois. After that, North Carolina plays their first home game of the season. On September 17th they will host James Madison.

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The great UNC athletics academic fiasco will never, <a href=

generic ever end Five years after the first rumblings of illegal benefits bubbled up, the North Carolina scandal shambles onward.” width=”1600″ height=”900″ /> The great UNC athletics academic fiasco will never, ever end
Five years after the first rumblings of illegal benefits bubbled up, the North Carolina scandal shambles onward.



The Mentor football team has a huge game Sept. 3 vs. St. Ignatius.

You can bet, drugs though, sales many will be tracking another big game 728 miles south of Mentor that same night.

In Atlanta in the Georgia Dome on Sept. 3, price Mentor graduate and redshirt junior Mitch Trubisky makes his long-awaited debut at quarterback for the University of North Carolina in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Classic.

Joining Trubisky in the starting lineup is another Mentor graduate, redshirt sophomore tight end Brandon Fritts.

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Mallard Creek Mavericks wide receiver Ryan Jones catches a touchdown pass from quarterback James Smith as Page defensive back Micah Gafford tries to knock the ball away during second quarter action at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh, look NC on Saturday, December 12, 2015. Mallard Creek defeated Page 49-6 to win the NC 4-AA Championship. Jeff Siner


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