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Hokies earn comeback victory over Yellow Jackets

Virginia Tech earned a big conference win on Monday night, as the Hokies came from behind to defeat Georgia Tech, 65-63, in Cassell Coliseum. Malik Müller hit his third three-pointer of the game with 16.1 seconds remaining to give Tech its first lead of the second half and Adam Smith added a free throw with 2.5 seconds remaining to secure the victory. Müller led the Hokies with 17 points, Smith added 15 points and Shane Henry had 10 points in the win. The Hokies trailed by 10 points with five minutes remaining, but finished the game on a 17-5 run to earn their second ACC win of the season. Although out-rebounded 39-27, the Hokies shot 52.1 percent from the floor, including 56.0 percent in the second half.

Hokies sweep Moss Arts Center matches

In its final two matches at the Moss Arts Center, the ninth-ranked Hokie wrestling team dispatched No. 13 Pitt 26-10 Friday and steamrolled NC State 29-9 on Sunday. The wins moved Tech to 12-2 overall, 3-0 in the ACC. Friday’s match was highlighted by freshman Zach Epperly upsetting sixth-ranked Tyler Wilps, 3-2, Jared Haught beating 20th-ranked Nick Bonaccorsi, 3-2, and the return of Devin Carter. On Sunday, the Hokies won the first six bouts and eight of 10 total in cruising to the win over the Wolfpack. Carter pinned 19th-ranked Sam Speno in the first period and unranked Chad Strube picked up a 14-4 major decision over 19th-ranked Rohskopf to highlight the day. The Hokies can clinch the ACC dual meet title on Saturday as they host Duke. Devin Carter and Chris Moon will be honored before the match as part of Senior Night.

Virginia Tech
Athlete of the Week

Chad Strube
(Wrestling, Jr., Frederick, Md.)
Unranked at 165 pounds, Strube had a big weekend as the Hokies thumped No. 13 Pitt and NC State at the Moss Arts Center. On Friday night, he got things started with a 6-4 win over Cody Wiercioch to give Tech the early lead. After being taken down twice, Strube got a takedown at the end of the first period and then rode Wiercioch for the entire second period to pull away for the win. On Sunday, he turned No. 19 Max Rohskopf three times for back points and rolled to an impressive 14-4 major decision.

Hokies hit and pitch their way to hot start

The Hokie softball team opened the season with a 5-0 mark at the Kickin’ Chicken Classic, hosted by Coastal Carolina. Tech hit 11 home runs in five games and hit .333 as a team en route to scoring 42 runs. In the opener, Tech held off a pesky Maryland squad, winning 7-6 and then rolled past Lafayette, 10-0 in five innings. On Saturday, the Hokies gave up a lead late, but freshman Breanna Davenport had a walk-off single to lift the Hokies to an 11-10 win over Maryland. Maggie Tyler then tossed a four-hit shutout in a 6-0 win over the host Chanticleers before freshman Mikaela Aiken tossed a one-hit shutout Sunday to down Lafayette 8-0. Maggie Tyler, Kylie McGoldrick, Lauren Gaskill, Katey Smith and Davenport were all named to the all-tournament team. Four players – Davenport, McGoldrick, Vanessa Gonzalez and Kelsey Mericka – each had two home runs.

Tech upsets No. 22 Penn State

The 37th-ranked Virginia Tech men’s tennis team downed No. 22 Penn State 4-1 on Saturday. Tech fell behind early after dropping the doubles point, but came back strong to win four singles matches in straight sets to secure the win. Hunter Koontz got the Hokies on the board first with a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Roman Trkulja on court four. Tech’s 61st-ranked Andreas Bjerrehus gave the Hokies a 2-1 lead after defeating Alex Fennell 6-2, 6-2 in the No. 2. Florian Nicoud, ranked 94th, put the Hokies up 3-1 with a 6-2, 6-4 decision against Nika Dolidze on six. Clinching the team win was 35th-ranked Amerigo Contini as he dropped Leo Stakhosky 7-5, 6-3 in the No. 1.

Hokie lacrosse squad wins opener at Liberty

The Hokies started out the 2015 season with a win, knocking off Liberty 15-11 on the road. Megan Will led the offense with four goals and two assists, while Cawley Bromley began her senior season on a tear, scoring three goals and assisting two more. Tech began the game attacking strong and dominating possession, going up 7-2 in the first 15 minutes of play. Liberty slowly worked its way back, getting within three at the half, but the Hokies doubled the Flames up for the 22-11 shooting edge. The Hokies opened the second half with a 3-1 run, but three straight goals for Liberty kept the Flames in the game. Tech was able to hold on for the win, tacking on three more scores in the final ten minutes.

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Twelfth-ranked men’s track team has nice performances

The No. 12 Virginia Tech men's track & field team continued to produce quality performances from several athletes at the Doc Hale VT Elite Meet at Rector Field House this past weekend. Manuel Ziegler's jump of 53’3.75 (16.25m) was his best this season. Ziegler currently ranks fourth nationally in the triple jump. Grant Pollock posted a second-place finish in the men’s 800-meter race. Pollock crossed the finish line in a time of 1:51.29, the fastest by a Virginia Tech runner this season.

In the men’s pole vault, Chris Uhle led the way for the Hokies with a second-place finish, hitting a mark of 17’07” (5.36m). Jared Allison finished in fourth with a mark of 17’01” (5.21m).

Hokies pick up a pair of wins


The No. 50 Hokies returned to action this weekend and went 2-0 in the pair of matches. Tech started things off with a 5-2 win on Friday against Old Dominion and wrapped up the weekend with a big 6-1 win over Coastal Carolina on Sunday. The No. 36 pairing of Francesca Fusinato and Raluca Mita went 2-0 in doubles action and the two Hokies each went 2-0 in singles play. Tech sealed the win over ODU quickly, claiming the doubles point with ease and picking up four straight singles points. Fusinato's day ended as her opponent retired due to injury, and she responded in Sunday's match dropping just one point in singles play. Katherine Butler picked up a pair of victories at the No. 6 spot and added a doubles win on Sunday.

Hokies host VT Invitational

The men’s and women’s swimming teams competed in the Virginia Tech Invitational over the weekend, hosting Virginia, Penn State, College of Charleston, Towson and Arkansas. The H2Okies picked up six first-place finishes and eight second-place finishes. Freshman Peter Conzola led the way for Tech, winning the 200 back and taking second in the 100 back with an NCAA B-cut time of 47.96. Fellow freshman Eric Delmonte was also stellar in the meet, picking up his own NCAA B-cut in a second-place finish in the 200 breast before taking third in the 100 breast. The women were led by Emily Ryczek, who won the 100 free and was the runner-up in the 200 free.

Manuel a big hit at baseball night


Former Major League Baseball player and manager Charlie Manuel was the honored guest at the Hokies’ eighth annual Baseball Night in Blacksburg, held Saturday evening, Feb. 7, in the West Side Stadium Club of Lane Stadium. A native of southwest Virginia, Manuel clearly entertained the crowd with stories from his time playing in the minor leagues, the major leagues and his time in Japan, and also talked about his stints as manager of both the Cleveland Indians and Philadelphia Phillies. In front of one of the largest crowds for a Baseball Night, Virginia Tech baseball coach Patrick Mason also spoke to the crowd about the previous season, introduced the newest members of his coaching staff and gave his thoughts on the 2015 baseball season.

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.

Get in the Hokie huddle

Coach Buzz Williams has the Hokies playing hard and playing together as they head into the final month of basketball season. Following last night’s home win against Georgia Tech, there are only three more games at Cassell Coliseum for fans who want to be a part of the excitement.