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Hokies Run Past North Carolina

Virginia Tech’s defense shut down North Carolina’s fast-paced offensive attack, and the Hokies’ offense scored 21 points off Tar Heel turnovers in lifting the squad to a 34-17 ACC victory in Chapel Hill. Michael Brewer threw a touchdown pass, Marshawn Williams scored on a touchdown run and Kendall Fuller returned an interception 47 yards for a score, as the Hokies beat the Tar Heels for the ninth time in 11 meetings since joining the ACC. Trey Edmunds paced a balanced Tech rushing attack that ran for 171 yards overall, picking up 54 yards on 12 carries. Williams finished with 47 yards on 20 carries. Tech’s defense held the Tar Heels to 323 yards one week after North Carolina amassed 478 against Clemson. The Hokies sacked Tar Heel quarterbacks on five occasions, including three by end Ken Ekanem.

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Virginia Tech
Athlete of the Week

Ken Ekanem
(Football, r-So., Centreville, Va.)
Ekanem had a big day for the Hokies’ defense as it held a potent UNC offense to 17 points below its average. Ekanem had six tackles, four of which were for loss and three of which were sacks, along with a forced fumble and two quarterback hurries. His three sacks and four TFL were the second-most ever in a game under Beamer. His sack and forced fumble on the first play of the game set up a Tech touchdown just two plays later to set the tone. His 71 points in the Tech defensive grading system were a career high.

Hokies Open ACC Play with Split

The Hokies split on the weekend as Tech opened up the home ACC slate. Tech downed NC State on Saturday, 3-1, after falling to league newcomer Louisville in a 5-set battle on Friday. Lindsey Owens averaged 4.56 kills per set while hitting .368 on the attack. Owens knocked down a career-high 26 kills against the Cards while tallying 10 digs for her fifth double-double of the season. She followed that up with another double-double performance, recording 15 kills and 18 digs against NC State. Amanda McKinzie averaged 2.22 kills and 3.44 digs per set over the weekend. Ashley Battle was strong at the net on both sides of the ball, tallying 2.11 kps while posting 12 blocks.

Tech Tops VMI, Falls to No. 9 ‘Cuse

Last week, the Virginia Tech men's soccer team picked up a 5-0 win at home against VMI before dropping a 1-0 double OT decision at home to then-No. 9 Syracuse. Against the Keydets, freshman Merlin Baus scored a pair of goals while sophomore Som Essome, freshman Rodrigo Zampieri and redshirt-freshman James Compton each added a goal. The Hokies battled then-No. 9 Syracuse to the very end, but a goal in the second overtime period from the Orange would be enough to keep the Hokies from gaining at least a tie.

Hokies Drop Top-10 Matchup at UNC

The fifth-ranked women’s soccer team travelled to Chapel Hill to face No. 8 North Carolina in a tough ACC road game. The Tar Heels got on the board early, scoring in the fourth minute, and eventually increasing their lead to 3-0 by the 48th minute. The Hokies showed no quit on their side, as Candace Cephers and Murielle Tiernan scored goals in the next ten minutes to cut the lead to 3-2. Despite quality Tech pressure and attack, the Hokies were unable to score an equalizer before the end of the game and they fell to 11-2-0, 2-2-0 in the ACC.

Student-Athlete Q&A

Tech women’s soccer player Morgan Conklin interviews volleyball setter Kyra Coundourides

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Tech has Two Flight Winners at Fall Invite

The women's tennis team hosted the first of two home fall tournaments when it welcomed eight teams to the Burrows-Burleson Tennis Center for the Hokie Fall Invite. Sansitha Nandakumar and Raluca Mita each won their respective flights. Nandakumar took the Flight B title from Liberty's Mariely Hassey, coming back after dropping the first set 6-7, to win 6-3, 8-6. Mita took on her own teammate, Katherine Butler, in the Flight C finals and won the match 6-3, 0-6, 6-2.

Cross Country Competes in Derby Town

The No. 28 Virginia Tech women’s cross country team finished in third place at the 2014 Greater Louisville Cross Country Classic while the men’s team posted a fourth-place finish Saturday morning. Senior Paige Kvartunas posted her best-ever time in the women’s 5K and was the Hokies’ top finisher in seventh place with a time of 17:09.92. Fellow senior Sarah Rapp posted a 14th-place finish with a personal best time of 17:19.64. The men were paced by sophomore Stuart Robertson, whose personal-best time of 24:22.51 at the 8K distance made him the Hokies’ top finisher in 14th place. Just behind him was sophomore Neil Gourley, who finished in 19th place with a personal best of 24:31.34.

Hokies finish fourth at Primland

The Hokies made their second appearance in less than a week, as they finished fourth at the inaugural Primland Collegiate Invitational at the Primland Resort's Highland Course. Tech posted three sub-par rounds on the way to a 25-under-par 839 and finished 13 strokes behind tournament champion, host Wake Forest. Senior Trevor Cone continued his outstanding play in the early season, as he finished tied for seventh at 10-under 206, seven strokes behind medalist William Register of UNC. Senior Scott Vincent tied for 12th and junior Maclain Huge tied for 15th place.

Hokies Compete at Two Fall Tourneys

At the ITA All-American event, Andreas Bjerrehus claimed two wins in the qualifying singles bracket to advance into the main draw. In the main draw, he then upset 27th-ranked Jason Tahir of Duke, 6-3, 7-6(5). Bjerrhus faced another top-30 opponent in the second round in Minnesota’s 22nd-ranked Leandro Toledo, but fell to the Gopher player 6-2, 6-2. At the UVa Fall Classic, Florian Nicoud claimed his singles flight title. On the final day of competition, he defeated JMU’s Brett Moorhead 6-1, 6-1 in the semifinals before downing Cornell’s Colin Sinclair 7-5, 6-3 in the finals.

Virginia Tech Athletics and Local Schools Partner on Winning Choices

Virginia Tech student-athletes recently joined members of the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets and representatives from local Rotary Clubs to take part in a program called Winning Choices, designed to develop students’ character and interest in the community. The groups attended assemblies at each of the eleven Montgomery County elementary schools to speak about the benefits of making good choices, and how choices even at a young age could impact the type of men and women they grow up to be. Overall, 13 student-athletes, representing five different athletic teams, participated in the initiative.

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.

Tech TD on Tobacco Road

Bucky Hodges scored on this 26-yard completion from Michael Brewer in the first quarter against North Carolina. The redshirt-freshman tight end has scored in five of Tech’s six games this season.