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3x National Champion Fale Aviu Joins UNC Softball Staff

North Carolina softball head coach Donna J. Papa has announced the addition of assistant coach Fale Aviu to her staff on Thursday afternoon. Aviu, a three-time national champion and 2019 National Fastpitch Coaches Association First Team All-American at Oklahoma, comes to UNC after spending the 2022 season as the Sooners' graduate assistant. (

Two UNC softball players break barriers this summer in baseball coaching roles

UNC softball player Kianna Jones became the first female head coach in Summer League Baseball history when she took over coaching duties in a game for the Macon Bacon of the Coastal Plain League. Teammate Kayla Baptista, a player development coach with the Texas Rangers this summer, became the first female base coach in Rangers organization history. (Daily Tar Heel)

Report: Former All-American, 2x National Champion Fale Aviu To Join UNC Softball Staff

North Carolina is expected to hire Fale Aviu as the softball program’s new hitting coach, sources confirmed. Aviu has spent the past three years on the support staffs at Ole Miss and Oklahoma, her alma mater. As a player, Aviu was an All-American in 2019 at Oklahoma and helped guide the Sooners to back-to-back national titles in 2016 and 2017. (Extra Innings Softball)

UNC takeover day on ACC Network showcases men’s basketball win at Duke, 9 other victories

Tuesday on ACC Network, you’ll see 10 memorable UNC victories in nine sports from the last school year. You won’t see the Tar Heels’ Final Four victory over Duke, but you can relive their 94-81 victory in Durham to ruin Coach Mike Krzyzewski’s last home game, a softball no-hitter, an amazing football comeback and three ACC Tournament championship wins. (Tar Heel Tribune)

UNC Softball Players Breaking Down Baseball Barriers

Kayla Baptista, a sophomore from Smithfield, R.I, landed with the Texas Rangers as a player development coach, starting the summer in Arizona, before spending a week in the Dominican Republic. Sophomore Kianna Jones is spending her summer with the Macon Bacon, a wooden bat collegiate summer baseball team of the Coastal Plain League. (

Sara Jubas Earns Academic All-America First-Team Honors

UNC softball standout Sara Jubas has earned Academic All-America first-team honors. Jubas is in her first year of pharmacy school at UNC, working towards her Doctor of Pharmacy. She graduated from James Madison in 2021 with a degree in biology and a 3.98 cumulative GPA. Jubas also led the Tar Heels with a .357 batting average this season. (

UNC Softball Player Kianna Jones to Become First Female Coach in Coastal Plain Baseball League

UNC Softball’s Kianna Jones is set to make history this summer. The Macon Bacon, a baseball team in the Coastal Plain League, announced Wednesday that Jones would be their bench coach for the summer season – and the first female coach in the league’s history. Jones recently completed her first season at UNC after for two seasons at Minnesota. (

UNC Softball Finishes Home Schedule With 8-0 Victory Over NC Central

The UNC softball team earned their third run-rule victory of the season on Wednesday night, defeating NCCU 8-0 in the 2022 home season finale (Highlights). Freshman Carlie Myrtle earned her third win of the season in the circle, allowing just one hit in five innings with six strikeouts. Skyler Brooks went a team-best 2-of-3 at the plate with an RBI. (

UNC Softball Falls To No. 4 FSU In Series Finale

The North Carolina softball team fell to No. 4 Florida State in the series finale on Sunday afternoon, 9-2. The Seminoles were able to capitalize on the long ball in the loss, hitting four home runs. The Tar Heels (22-22, 6-11 ACC) were only able to get five hits in the game, led by Kianna Jones who went two-of-three at the plate with the Tar Heels' sole two RBIs. (

Carolina Softball Upsets No. 4 Florida State On Saturday, 5-1

The UNC softball team earned an upset victory over No. 4 Florida State on Saturday, defeating the Seminoles 5-1. It was FSU's first road loss of the season (Highlights). Freshman Lilli Backes earned her first win over a ranked team in the circle, pitching a complete game and limiting the Seminoles to three hits and one run with three strikeouts. (
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