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The Virginia Tech football team found out its bowl destination on Sunday when the program received news that it would be heading to the Military Bowl in Annapolis, Md. The Hokies will take on American Athletic Conference co-champion Cincinnati – the previous career stop of current Tech AD Whit Babcock – on Dec. 27 at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. Kickoff is slated for 1 p.m. Tech will be participating in its 22nd consecutive bowl, a streak that includes a 2009 Orange Bowl appearance against Cincinnati – a game won 20-7 by the Hokies. Tech and the Bearcats have met 10 times in the series, with both teams winning five. The two teams met in 2012 at FedExField in Landover, Md., and Cincinnati knocked off the Hokies 27-24.
The Virginia Tech diving team travelled to Athens, Ga., for the UGA Fall Invitational, where 11 ranked men’s and women’s teams competed. The H2Okie male divers had 12 top-10 finishers in the three events, led by Kyle Butts, who picked up two third-place finishes in the 3-meter and the platform. The Tech female divers competed well all weekend, sweeping the top-four spots in the platform event. Kaylea Arnett won the 1-meter and platform events and finished second in the 3-meter. Ashley Buchter finished third in the 3-meter event and took second in the platform. Both Tech diving squads had more top-10 finishes than any other team at the meet.
(Swimming & Diving, Sr., Spring, Texas)
In the UGA Fall Invitational, against some of the top competition in the country – including four top-10 teams – Arnett won two diving events and took second in another. She won the 1-meter event with a score of 294.55 and she won the platform event with a score of 288.85. The reigning ACC Female Diver of the Year has now won eight diving events after only six meets this season.
Eight Virginia Tech wrestlers placed at the prestigious Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational this past weekend, led by three finalists, in the two-day competition that concluded Saturday evening inside the Las Vegas Convention Center. In the team race, the Hokies finished in third place with 110.0 points behind champion Minnesota and Ohio State. Joey Dance (125 pounds), Devin Carter (141 pounds) and Ty Walz (heavyweight) each reached the finals of their respective weight class before falling in the championship. Also placing were Kevin Norstrem (seventh at 133), Sal Mastriani (eighth at 149), Zach Epperly (fifth at 174), Austin Gabel (eighth at 184) and Jared Haught (fifth at 197).
The Hokies rolled past Longwood 74-42 in Cassell Coliseum Saturday. Freshman Rachel Camp recorded her second double-double of the season with 16 points and 13 rebounds. Sophomore Vanessa Panousis added 13 points while juniors Hannah Young and Dominique Powell and freshman Lindsey Oblitey dropped in seven points each for Tech. The Hokies dominated from the beginning, jumping out to a 12-0 lead and keeping the momentum going to take a 39-14 lead into the break. In the second half, Tech pushed its lead to 30 in the opening eight minutes and took its largest lead (35) at the 5:26 mark after Kelsey Conyers drained a three to push it to 70-35. Virginia Tech connected on 47.5 percent from the field and outrebounded the Lancers 45 to 27.
The Virginia Tech men’s basketball team dropped a pair of close games this week to level its record at 4-4. On Wednesday night, the Hokies lost at Penn State, 61-58, in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. Joey van Zegeren recorded his second double-double of the season with 18 points and 10 rebounds, while Justin Bibbs added 16 points. Ahmed Hill had a shot at a three-pointer at the buzzer to tie, but came up just short. On Sunday afternoon in Cassell Coliseum, the Hokies lost 68-66 to Radford. Adam Smith came off the bench with 12 points to lead four Hokies in double figures. Devin Wilson scored 11 points and Bibbs and van Zegeren added 10 points each.