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BLACKSBURG – The Virginia Tech men’s and women’s tennis teams hosted a graduation ceremony for their seniors prior to departing for NCAAs. The Hokies will miss the main campus graduation ceremony due to their participation in the NCAA Championships.
Former men's tennis student-athlete Saber Kadiri delivered the keynote speech while Associate Athletics Director of Student-Athlete Development Reyna Gilbert-Lowry, Senior Associate Athletics Director, Facilities and Operations and tennis administrator Tom Gabbard and Director of Student-Athlete Academic Services Matt Mayotte were on hand from the athletic department to hand out the diplomas. Vice Provost for Undergraduate Academic Affairs Rachel Holloway was also in attendance to represent the President's Office and hand out diplomas.
Men’s tennis has four seniors graduating this spring with Joao Monteiro, Andreas Bjerrehus, Aaron Gomez and Hunter Koontz all set to receive their diplomas.
Visit the Men's Tennis Facebook Page to see a full video recap of the event - Link
The Virginia Tech Men’s Tennis Team recognized former Hokies' coach Larsen Bowker over the weekend prior to the match against Boise State.
Bowker built the Hokies' tennis team into a nationally recognized program in his 12 years at the helm before his retirement in 1998.
Coach Bowker hit the honorary first serve of the match to Andreas Bjerrehus, a senior from Aarhus, Denmark. Bowker first established the Hokies Tennis connections in Denmark and therefore Bjerrehus is a direct beneficiary.
Coach Bowker, thank you for all you have done for Virginia Tech Tennis!
A big "Thank You" to Hokie Nation for your amazing support over the weekend as the men's tennis team hosted the opening rounds of the 2015 NCAA Men's Tennis Championship. From tailgating to filling the stands and hillside, you all rocked! Here's a look back -
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Former men's tennis player, Sebastien Jacques, is recovering after his surgery to remove a pineal cystic tumor from his brain. He speaks out to his local paper about his recovery and wants to thank everyone for their support as he raised funds to help cover the cost.
Check out the article here - http://www.sherbrookerecord.com/content/magog-man-thanks-world-lifesaving-surgery
Former Virginia Tech men’s tennis player Sebastien Jacques is getting prepared for a major surgery, as he looks to have a pineal cystic tumor removed.
Read about it in today’s Roanoke Times: http://www.roanoke.com/sports/colleges/va_tech/former-virginia-tech-tennis-player-faces-complicated-surgery/article_29edf650-5d76-5c74-a4f2-b0d51c787781.html
Visit Sebastien's website: http://www.youcaring.com/medical-fundraiser/sebastien-s-brain-surgery-fund/291156#.VLbYuUdJJQh.facebook
The Virginia Tech men's tennis team took a little time out while in Florida for the USTA Collegiate Clay Court Invitational to take in the sights at Walt Disney World. Several members of the team visited "The Happiest Place on Earth" for the first time, including Aaron Gomez, Hunter Koontz, Florian Nicoud and Jai Corbett. Joao Monteiro, Rafael Ribas and George Cartledge were return visitors and Cartledge served as the team tour guide during the trip.
Coach Thompson refused to ride Splash Mountain due to the cool day in central Florida, but the players enjoyed ride except until it came time dry off afterwards.
Getting pumped up to face Space Mountain.
Coach Thompson, his family and the team.
The team cheers on Virginia Tech women's tennis which claimed flight titles in both C draw singles and B draw doubles at the event.
Virginia Tech juniors Amerigo Contini and Andreas Bjerrehus are representing the Hokies this week at the 2014 ITA All-American Championships at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center in Tulsa, Okla.
Contini and Bjerrehus have competed in the ITA event every season since their freshmen year.
The Hokies wrapped up the first session at the ITA Men's Tennis All-America Championships in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Tech's 58th-ranked Andreas Bjerrehus advances after defeating University of South Florida's Oliver Pramming in a three-set back-and-forth match. After holding on to win the opening set 7-6(4), Bjerrehus fell in the second set 6-4. The Tech junior came back strong in the third set to claim the win 6-3. Bjerrehus moves on to face N.C. State's Robbie Mudge in the next round on Tuesday.
Joao Monteiro fell to Duke's 58th-ranked Bruno Semenzato during the opening round, 6-2, 6-3. Monteiro will be back on the court this evening at 5 p.m. CT.
Full recap will be available on HokieSports.com following this evening's match.