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Hokies Earn Right to Host NCAA Game Saturday Evening


The Virginia Tech women’s soccer team was selected to play in its seventh-straight NCAA tournament, earning a first-round home game against Dayton. After going 14-5 this season and finishing the regular season ranked 14th by the NSCAA, the Hokies will extend their season in postseason play with a familiar matchup against the Flyers. This will be the third time Tech has faced Dayton in the first-round of the NCAA Tournament in the last six years. The game will be played on Saturday, Nov. 15 at 7 p.m., at Thompson Field. If the Hokies win, they will face the winner of West Virginia and Georgetown. Their quadrant of the bracket features one-seed Texas A&M, two-seed Penn State, three-seed West Virginia and four-seed Notre Dame.

Tech Wrestling Gets Underway


The 12th-ranked Hokies kicked off the season with a 41-9 win over Division II Newberry Saturday afternoon. Bolstered by five pins – including one apiece from freshmen Zach Epperly and Jared Haught – Tech rolled to the win at home. On Sunday, four Tech wrestlers took home titles in the Hokie Open inside Rector Field House. Joey Dance, Ty Walz and Epperly all rolled through their weights while Sal Mastriani picked up two major decisions, a technical fall and a sudden victory upset of fourth-ranked teammate Devin Carter in the finals to win the crown at 149 pounds.

Hokies Dominate Generals in Cassell Exhibition

The Hokies rolled in their exhibition game against Washington & Lee, defeating the Generals 93-12. All 11 Hokies that saw action in the game got on the board, with Vanessa Panousis leading the way with 14 points. Freshman Rachel Camp tossed in 13 points while Samantha Hill and Dominique Powell posted 11 points each. Camp also grabbed eight rebounds, handed out five assists and picked up three steals. Powell pulled down eight rebounds as well and recorded a pair of blocks. Tara Nahodil and Hannah Young each had three blocks on defense for the Hokies.

Student-Athlete Q&A

Tech soccer player Blayne Fink interviews basketball player Devin Wilson as he and his teammates prepare to open the 2014-2015 basketball season at Cassell Coliseum Friday evening at 7 p.m.

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Tech Dominates Meet with Pitt and Notre Dame

The swimming & diving teams dominated an ACC dual meet at Notre Dame with Pittsburgh on Friday and Saturday. The 12th-ranked H2Okie men were led by Morgan Latimer, Jake Ores and Collin Higgins who each won two individual races over the weekend. On the women’s side, Tech won four individual events and three relays. Klaudia Nazieblo won the 200 butterfly and finished second in the 100 butterfly. The men beat Pittsburgh by a score of 287-83 and Notre Dame by a score of 201-169. The women also got two wins, downing Pittsburgh, 252.5-117.5, and Notre Dame, 198-172.

Virginia Tech
Athlete of the Week

Morgan Latimer
(Swimming & Diving, Sr., Richmond, Va.)
In a dual meet at Notre Dame with Pittsburgh last weekend, Latimer won two individual events and helped the H2Okies earn two relay wins in the 800 freestyle relay and the 400 medley relay. In the 200 butterfly event, he swam an NCAA B-cut time of 1:47.90. He also won the 100 fly event, clocking in at 48.70.

Senior Hokie Golfers Play in Prestigious Event

Virginia Tech golfers Trevor Cone and Scott Vincent competed in the prestigious Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic at the El Paso Country Club in El Paso, Texas over the weekend. The seniors, the only two ACC golfers in the tournament, were invited to the event as a result of being named All-Americans last season. Cone finished the event in 15th place at 214 and Vincent tied for 18th at 220. Throughout the years, many Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic competitors have gone on to successful careers on the PGA Tour. Some of the past champions include Webb Simpson (2007), Ricky Barnes (2000), Notah Begay (1994), David Duval (1991), Matt Kuchar (1999), Davis Love III (1984), Jerry Pate (1974) and Tiger Woods (1995).

Contini Again Represents Tech Well on National Stage

Junior Amerigo Contini represented the Hokies for the third consecutive year at the ITA Intercollegiate Indoor National Championships. In the opening round, Contini, ranked 14th in singles, defeated 13th-ranked and third-seeded Mackenzie McDonald of UCLA. After winning the first set, 6-3, Contini fell in the second 6-1. He came back strong in the final set to secure the match 6-4. In the second round, Contini fell 6-3, 6-3 to UNC’s seventh-ranked Brayden Schnur, who went on to claim the singles title.

Hokies Battle in ACC Tourney Loss to ‘Hoos

The Virginia Tech men's soccer team nearly walked away with a victory, but a penalty kick in the 55th minute of the match proved to be the deciding factor as the Virginia Tech men’s soccer team fell 1-0 to No. 15 Virginia in the first round of the ACC Championship at Klockner Stadium last Wednesday evening. In the 55th minute, several players from both teams found themselves scrambling for the ball in Virginia Tech’s box. With bodies flying in desperation to either score or stop a goal, a Virginia player ended up on the ground in the box. The referee made a controversial penalty-kick call and Virginia’s Todd Wharton converted to put the Cavaliers up 1-0. That would be the deciding goal. Senior goalkeeper Ben Lockler made a total of five saves, including several at point-blank range, to keep the match close.

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Wrestlers Take Over Rector Field House for Hokie Open

A total of 336 wrestlers from around the region participated in the seventh annual Hokie Open in Rector Field House Sunday afternoon. It was the first time the event had been held in the spacious facility, and 14 mats were used for the competition in 10 weight classes.