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Tech extends hoops winning streak

The Hokies extended their winning streak to three games with a pair of victories this week. Tech defeated The Citadel, 64-61, on Saturday afternoon in Cassell Coliseum. Adam Smith led the Hokies with 16 points and Devin Wilson and Joey van Zegeren added 10 points each. On Monday night, the Hokies downed state rival VMI, 87-74. Justin Bibbs scored 20 points to lead five Hokies in double figures, while Shane Henry grabbed a career-high 13 rebounds in the win, the most rebounds for a Hokie this season. Wilson added 16 points and dished out six assists for Tech, who improved to 7-4 on the season. The Hokies shot 53.2 percent in the victory, including 66.7 percent in the first half.

Hokies head into holidays with a win

The Hokies defeated Radford 73-60 on Sunday in Tech’s final game before the holiday break. Vanessa Panousis and Rachel Camp combined for 43 of the Hokies’ points. Camp notched her third consecutive game with more than 20 points as the freshman guard dropped in 22 against the Highlanders. Panousis added 21 while connecting on 50 percent from the field, including 3-of-6 from outside the arc. The sophomore also went a perfect 8-of-8 from the free throw line. In addition, Sidney Cook put in solid minutes, tallying nine points and nine rebounds in just 14 minutes of play.

Hokies preparing for Military Bowl clash with Bearcats

 

Virginia Tech wrapped up the on-campus portions of its preparations for the 2014 Military Bowl on Monday, and most of the players departed campus Monday afternoon for a night at home with their families in their respective hometowns. The Hokies will report to Washington, D.C., by this afternoon and continue practicing at a high school in Northern Virginia. Tech takes on Cincinnati at 1 p.m., at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, Md., this Saturday. The game will be televised by ESPN. The Hokies will be looking for their 11th bowl win as a program. For the latest information on the Hokies' preparations and bowl activities, please check #HokieHuddle on hokiesport.com for updates - vthoki.es/huddle

Hokies go toe-to-toe with four-time defending NCAA champ

The sixth-ranked Virginia Tech wrestling squad (4-1) dropped a heartbreaking 20-15 decision to No. 4 and four-time defending national champion Penn State (5-0) Friday night inside a sold out Rec Hall on PSU’s campus in a match that came down to sudden victory in the final bout of the night. Sal Mastriani (149) and Austin Gabel (184) each pulled upsets and Zach Epperly beat No. 2 and previous NCAA finalist Matt Brown in sudden victory at 174 pounds to highlight the evening. Devin Carter picked up his 35th career pin to give the Hokies bonus points at 141 pounds. Eight bouts featured at least one ranked wrestler in the latest InterMat poll. In five of them, the lower ranked wrestler won.

Virginia Tech
Athlete of the Week

Zach Epperly
(Wrestling, r-Fr., Christiansburg, Va.)
Epperly pulled off a stunner at 174 pounds in the Penn State dual, rallying from a 6-3 deficit in the third period for an 8-6 win in sudden victory over No. 2 and 2013 NCAA runner-up Matt Brown. Epperly, ranked ninth in the country, got an escape early in the third stanza and took down Brown late to tie it up. He then held him down for the last 20 seconds to force sudden victory. There, Brown got in on a leg, but Epperly countered for the takedown to pick up the huge win and move to 10-2 on the young season.

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Softball squad helps spread holiday cheer

Members of the Virginia Tech softball team volunteered earlier this month at the annual Carilion Clinic Children’s Hospital holiday party for pediatric patients and their families. The Hokies helped with set-up and clean-up, ran activity stations like crafts, bingo and face painting, and interacted with the children and families. This was the team’s second visit to the hospital this fall, following up a visit a few weeks earlier when members of the squad did crafts and other activities with some of the patients.

Check out the 2014 Virginia Tech Bowl Guide and coverage information!

This comprehensive preview contains game recaps, broadcast schedules, what to expect from Cincinnati, and an event schedule for fans attending the game in Annapolis.

The Virginia Tech IMG Sports Network has got the Military Bowl covered!

Radio coverage begins with a 2-hour Tech Talk LIVE! from the Mayflower Renaissance in D.C., Friday from 7-9 p.m.; the Virginia Tech Sports Today bowl television preview re-airs Saturday morning at 10:30 on Comcast SportsNet; radio coverage on the Virginia Tech IMG Sports Network, HokiesXtra and TuneIn, begins at 11:30 a.m., and can be heard at the stadium on our D.C. affiliate 106.7, The Fan.

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Hokies getting it done in the classroom

Eight Virginia Tech football players, including guys like Kyshoen Jarrett, Dadi Nicolas, Caleb Farris and Laurence Gibson, and 19 Virginia Tech student-athletes overall graduated during the university's December commencement ceremony Friday. The Hokies' Graduation Success Rate (GSR) for student-athletes was 88 percent according to the NCAA's fall report – a number that ranked seventh in the 15-team ACC. Five sports at Tech – men's golf, women's soccer, softball, women's swimming and women's tennis – recorded perfect scores of 100 percent.

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