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Hokies Earn Highest Ranking Ever

The third-ranked women’s soccer team matched its best start in program history, after picking up three wins last week to improve to 9-0 this season. Tech beat Longwood 4-1, Buffalo 5-0 and East Carolina 3-0. Two players had big weeks for the Hokies and were instrumental in picking up the wins. Sophomore Murielle Tiernan scored five goals and earned one assist and freshman Madi Conyers scored three goals and assisted on another. The Hokies are currently the highest scoring team in the ACC and the entire NCAA, having scored a total of 36 goals. On defense, they are also stellar, holding opponents to only 0.33 goals per game — the best average in the ACC.

Virginia Tech
Athlete of the Week

Murielle Tiernan
(Women’s Soccer, So., Ashburn, Va.)
Tiernan scored five goals and assisted one in games against Longwood, Buffalo and East Carolina. She recorded game-winning goals in two straight games against Longwood and Buffalo, moving her into a tie for fifth all-time in game-winning goals with seven.

Hokies Fall Victim to Pirates

Despite quarterback Michael Brewer’s record-setting day, Virginia Tech fell to East Carolina 28-21 last Saturday on Military Appreciation Day at Lane Stadium, snapping a four-game winning streak against the Pirates.

ECU quarterback Shane Carden threw three touchdown passes and scored the winning touchdown on a 1-yard run with 16 seconds left. He threw for 427 yards in the game.

Brewer completed 30 of 56 passes for 298 yards, with three touchdowns and two interceptions. He set a school record in pass attempts and his completions were the second-most in school history (and the most by a quarterback under Beamer).

Isaiah Ford caught seven passes for 77 yards, including two for touchdowns, in the Tech loss.

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Bringing the Heat

Chuck Clark nails ECU quarterback Shane Carden in the fourth quarter, forcing an incomplete pass as the Hokies were attempting to make a comeback against the Pirates.

Hokies fight back to win over No. 12 Illinois

The Virginia Tech volleyball team scored a big victory over the weekend, coming back from two sets down to defeat 12th-ranked Illinois 3-2 (33-35, 17-25, 25-22, 25-19, 15-13). The Hokies had a balanced attacked, with five players boasting double-digit kills, led by sophomores Lindsey Owens and Amanda McKinzie with 14 kills each. Owens also recorded four aces and had a team-high 15 digs on the defensive side. Jordan Fish and Kyra Coundourides put up 37 and 23 assists, respectively. Ashley Battle came up big for Tech at the net, registering nine blocks, and she was named to the Blue Raider Bash All-Tournament team. The Hokies play their home opener in Cassell Coliseum Friday against UNC Wilmington at 7 p.m.

Hokies thwart Lancers, fall to Cavaliers


The Virginia Tech men's soccer team defeated Longwood 4-1 last week before falling to No. 15 Virginia, 1-0. In the victory over Longwood, four different Hokies scored their first career goals. Sophomores Niels Kirch and Som Essome and freshmen Ian Grubb and Ricardo John all found the net for Tech. There were five Hokie assists in the match, with Brad Vorv picking up two and Essome, Jonathan Cruickshank and André Thomas picking up one apiece. The Hokies then fell to No. 15 Virginia in Charlottesville. Tech had several opportunities to score, but failed to capitalize and senior goalkeeper Ben Lockler made five saves in the match.

Student-Athlete Q&A

Blayne Fink of the women’s soccer team interviews men’s soccer player Daniel Lauretano

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Hokies Have Fine Finish in Tough Tournament

Virginia Tech finished in eighth place at the Olympia Fields Country Club/Fighting Illini Invitational last weekend. Trevor Cone, a senior from Concord, N.C., carded a three-round total of 7-over-par 217 and finished in a tie for eighth place overall. The tournament field was, perhaps, the strongest during the fall season of play. Co-number ones Alabama, the two-time defending national champion and defending tournament champion, and Oklahoma State headlined the field that included five of the top-seven teams in the nation and 10 of the top-25 teams in the preseason GCAA poll. The Hokies entered the event ranked No. 23 in the nation.

Women’s Tennis Season Blasts Off at Beach

The women's tennis team began its fall season at the Beach Blast hosted by UNC Wilmington. Freshmen Katherine Butler and Elena Cerezo-Codina were impressive in their Tech debuts, while sophomore Sansitha Nandakumar also played strong all weekend. Cerezo-Codina had the top performance on the weekend, picking up a pair of singles victories against East Carolina and UNC Wilmington, playing in the No. 2 spot in each match. She also teamed up with junior Kelly Williford in doubles to earn a pair of victories against ECU and UNCW. Nandakumar brought home two singles win for the Hokies as she topped UNC Wilmington playing at No. 4 and later East Carolina in the No. 3 spot. She partnered with Butler in doubles to take down ECU in their final match together.

“Habitudes” Author Engages Hokie Student-Athletes

Some of Virginia Tech’s finest student-athletes gathered last week to hear from Dr. Tim Elmore – author, speaker and leadership expert of the emerging generation. Elmore used his Habitudes curriculum to challenge student-athletes to set a positive leadership climate on their teams. Students discussed endearing qualities of leadership, how to create a critical mass of momentum and how to set values, both personal and team. Over the last four years, the Athletics Department has used Elmore’s Habitudes curriculum with many sports teams and has been on the cutting-edge of leadership development within the ACC. Along the way, staff members have conducted more than 300 leadership lessons with student-athletes. In a world of celebrated athletic skill, Virginia Tech is set on developing character for a lifetime.

Virginia Tech Athletics presents its weekly video wrap-up of Tech sports, with host Andrew Allegretta filling you in on what you need to know to keep up with the Hokies.

Honoring Our Heroes

The Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets color guard was front and center for Military Appreciation Day Saturday as Hokie Nation paid tribute to the men and women who have served or continue to serve in the Armed Forces of the United States of America.