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No. 10 Hokies top No. 4 Ohio State in a thriller

The 10th-ranked Virginia Tech wrestling squad (4-0) upset fourth-ranked Ohio State University 19-18 Sunday afternoon in front of 2,833 fans inside of Cassell Coliseum. Both teams won five matches, including one pin apiece, but Ty Walz’s two-point win at heavyweight provided the difference as the Hokies won on the third criteria (match points). Zach Epperly provided the highlight of the night, securing a pin in the second tiebreaker to give the Hokies a lead and Walz won in the tiebreaker at heavyweight to give the Hokies the win. For the Hokies, the win over No. 4 Ohio State marked the highest ranked opponent they’ve beaten since taking down No. 2 Oklahoma State 18-16 on Jan. 8, 2011 in the NWCA National Duals.

Virginia Tech
Athlete of the Week

Zach Epperly
(Wrestling, Fr., Christiansburg, Va.)
Epperly had the big spark in Virginia Tech’s 19-18 upset of No. 4 Ohio State Sunday as he picked up a pin of No. 13 Mark Martin at the 10:50 mark in the second tiebreaker. With the Hokies trailing the team bout, Epperly only needed an escape to win his match, but got six big team points with the reversal and pin to spark the comeback. His pin was crucial as it allowed Tech to tie up the second tie breaking criteria and win it on the third criteria.

Hokies make Sweet 16 again


The Virginia Tech women’s soccer team advanced to the Round of 16 in the NCAA Tournament over the weekend, downing Georgetown in overtime after a thrilling 90 minutes of regulation in a second-round game. Ashley Meier scored the game-winning goal after just 30 seconds of extra time, and Murielle Tiernan scored one and assisted two goals to propel the Hokies to their fourth Sweet 16 in six years. Tech was ousted from the tournament Sunday after falling to second-seeded Penn State, 2-1, in a thrilling match. The Hokies finished the season with a 16-6 overall record and completed the year as the best scoring team in program history.

Hokies split on the week

The Hokies defeated Liberty, 73-63, Wednesday night, led by Joey van Zegeren, who recorded his first career double-double with 17 points and a career-high-tying 10 rebounds. Against the Flames, Tech shot 61 percent from the field, including a blistering 73.7 percent in the second half on 14-19 from the field. In a loss to Appalachian State on Saturday afternoon, Adam Smith led the Hokies with 11 points and Justin Bibbs and Devin Wilson added 10 points each. With 10 points in each of the team’s first three games of the season, Bibbs became the first Hokie since Jeff Allen in 2007 to score in double-figures in each of his first three collegiate games.

Tech Women Finish 25th at the NCAA Championship


Against the nation’s elite, the Virginia Tech women’s cross country team posted a 25th-place finish at the 2014 NCAA DI Cross Country Championships in Terre Haute, Indiana last Saturday to close out an impressive season. Competing at nationals for just the second time in school history, the Hokies used a top-100 finish from senior Paige Kvartunas to push them into the 25th spot in a field of 31 of the nation’s best teams, a total of 255 individual runners. Kvartunas crossed the line at 88th with a time of 21:08.1, just 24 seconds away from receiving All-America honors. Senior Sarah Rapp, competing in the final cross country race of her career, finished in the top half of the field in 112th place with a time of 21:16.5. Senior Hilary Krein finished in 131st with a time of 21:25.9.

H2Okies dominate Fall Invitational


The Virginia Tech swimming & diving teams finished first in the H2Okie Fall Invitational on Saturday night, concluding three days of dominating swimming and diving competition. The 17th-ranked H2Okie men edged past No. 15 Alabama by 102 points and the H2Okie women won big over all their competition, scoring 512 more than second-place finisher No. 24 Alabama. Klaudia Nazieblo led the H2Okie women, swimming four NCAA B-cut times and breaking two school records in the impressive outing. The Tech men were led by Collin Higgins and Morgan Latimer, who each broke pool records in the three-day meet.

Hokies win handily on Senior Night

The Virginia Tech volleyball team swept the weekend, defeating both Wake Forest and Georgia Tech 3-0. Tech honored its seniors prior to the match against the Yellow Jackets, recognizing Kathryn Caine, Jordan Fish, LaTasha Samson-Akpan and Megan Beckwith. All four were solid in their final match in Cassell Coliseum. Fish turned in a double-double (the 19th of her career) with 23 assists and 10 digs. Beckwith led the backcourt defense with 14 digs and Caine knocked down seven kills, hitting .500 on the attack. Samson-Akpan notched nine kills and had three blocks.

Freshmen propel women to two victories

The Hokies claimed a pair of wins, defeating Norfolk State 60-49 at home before traveling to Providence for a 72-69 win over the Friars. Freshmen were the story of the week as Rachel Camp and Regan Magarity put up strong numbers in both games. Camp had 15 points against the Spartans early in the week and dropped in 22 to lead the Hokies over Providence. Magarity tallied 10 points and grabbed 17 rebounds versus Norfolk State. In the win over the Friars, Magarity tallied 17 points and nine rebounds. Magarity’s 17 rebounds marks the most in a game by a Tech freshman in program history.

Hokies fall 6-3 to Wake in 2OT


Virginia Tech’s defense held Wake Forest scoreless in regulation, but the Demon Deacons got two field goals in the overtime sessions and Tech’s offense could only muster three points in a 6-3 double overtime loss to Wake on Saturday. Both teams were scoreless after regulation and traded field goals in the first overtime. In the second overtime, Tech’s Joey Slye missed a 53-yard attempt, and Wake’s Mike Weaver hit a 39-yarder to win the game. The Hokies’ defense only allowed 234 yards and had seven sacks and an interception, but Tech only finished with 254 yards, led by J.C. Coleman’s 98 rushing. The Hokies need a win over rival Virginia on Friday night to become bowl eligible. Kickoff is slated for 8 p.m.

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A thriller in Cassell!

Tech wrestling fans react when Zach Epperly pins his Ohio State opponent during the 10th-ranked Hokies’ 19-18 upset over the fourth-ranked Buckeyes in Cassell Coliseum Sunday. A crowd of 2,833 was on hand for the exciting matchup of two of the nation’s elite programs.