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UNC ultimate Frisbee team plays for national championship on Memorial Day

Rameses high-fives fans before UNC’s game against Gonzaga in the NCAA Division I men’s basketball national championship game at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, AZ, Monday, April 3, 2017.
Rameses high-fives fans before UNC’s game against Gonzaga in the NCAA Division I men’s basketball national championship game at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, AZ, Monday, April 3, 2017. ehyman@newsobserver.com

Editor’s note: This article has been updated to include the result of the semifinal matches Sunday afternoon.

Many UNC sports fans have been tuned into the baseball team’s run to the finals of the ACC championship. But baseball isn’t the only Tar Heels team angling for a trophy this Memorial Day weekend.

The university’s men’s ultimate Frisbee club team is looking to repeat as USA Ultimate national champ today. The team, which goes by the nickname Darkside, won its quarterfinal match against Wisconsin on Sunday morning and then topped Cal-Poly in the semifinals Sunday night.

The finals will be televised live Monday at 3:30 p.m. on ESPNU, when No. 1-seeded UNC takes on No. 2-seeded Brown University.

The women’s team, which goes by the nickname Pleiades, also made the semifinals.

However, they fell in their Sunday afternoon semifinal to Dartmouth, 12-10.

The USA Ultimate national championship tournament is taking place in Round Rock, Texas, a suburb of Austin. In addition to TV, all of the UNC matches will be streaming on the WatchESPN app, and USA Ultimate is also streaming the entire tournament live on its YouTube channel.

Both the UNC women and men were the No. 1 seeds going into the championship tournament.

Will Doran reports on North Carolina politics, with a focus on state employees and agencies. In 2016 he started The News & Observer’s fact-checking partnership, PolitiFact NC, and before that he reported on local governments around the Triangle. Contact him at wdoran@newsobserver.com or (919) 836-2858.

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