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Hokie men win ACC Indoor Championship

The Virginia Tech men's track & field team won its third ACC title after claiming the 2015 ACC Indoor Track & Field Championships at Rector Field House this past weekend. Gold medals from Manuel Ziegler, Chris Uhle, Thomas Curtin and Patrick Joseph paced the Hokies as they flew by Florida State by almost 15 points. Ziegler claimed his title in the triple jump. Uhle took home the gold in the pole vault. Joseph outkicked the field in the mile while Curtin took home the crown in the 3K. In addition to the quality men's performances, Hanna Green claimed a gold medal by defeating the nation's leader in the 800. Green's time of 2:03.43 is the fourth fastest in the nation and she set a facility, school and ACC championship record.

H2Okie men finish third at ACC championships

The men’s swimming & diving team finished third in the 2015 ACC men’s championships at the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center after earning six medals, 13 top-five finishes and setting six school records. Brandon Fiala won the 200 IM and took fifth in both the 100 and 200 breast. Fellow sophomore Robert Owen also won gold, taking the 400 IM. Senior Jake Ores won a silver medal in the 1,650 free, and Tech’s 800 free relay team also took home a bronze. With the third-place finish, Tech became the only program in the ACC to finish with both the women’s and the men’s teams in the top three. The men’s squad is the only team that finished in the top three each of the last four years.

Virginia Tech
Athletes of the Week

Thomas Curtin – Men's Indoor Track & Field
   3,000 meters ACC Champion

Brandon Fiala – Men's Swimming & Diving
   200 IM ACC Champion

Hanna Green – Women's Indoor Track & Field
   800 meters ACC Champion

Patrick Joseph – Men's Indoor Track & Field
   Mile ACC Champion

Robert Owen – Men's Swimming & Diving
   400 IM ACC Champion

Chris Uhle – Men's Indoor Track & Field
   Pole Vault ACC Champion

Manuel Ziegler – Men's Indoor Track & Field
   Triple Jump ACC Champion

Men's Indoor Track & Field Team
   ACC Champion

Hokies dominate pair of non-conference foes

The Hokies had a big weekend at home, picking up a pair of lopsided victories at Moseley Field. Tech started out the weekend with a 17-4 win over Old Dominion. Meg Bartley led the way with a season-best five goals, while also matching a career high with 10 draws. Megan Will's four goals in the game made her the second-leading scorer in program history. Tech continued to roll on Sunday, nearing the first shutout in program history as it knocked off Gardner-Webb, 20-1. Sophomore Tara Feehan had a breakout game, earning the first points of her career with a hat trick in the game. Fourteen different Hokies scored in the game as Tech held onto the shutout until there was under four minutes remaining in the game. This was just the second time in program history that Hokies allowed just one goal in a game.

Starting pitchers carry Hokies to series win

Virginia Tech got strong pitching performances from its entire starting rotation to help the Hokies to a 3-1 series win over Toledo in games played in Myrtle Beach, S.C., over the weekend. Tech's starting pitchers combined to throw 30 innings, strike out 25 batters, walk just two and allow zero earned runs. Aaron McGarity set career highs in innings pitched (9) and strikeouts (8) in a 1-0 win over the Rockets in 10 innings on Saturday, while Jon Woodcock improved to 2-0 on the season after his seven-inning, career-high nine-strikeout performance on Sunday. Brendon Hayden and Alex Perez provided much of the offense as Hayden blasted two home runs and drove in six total, while Perez scored six times and knocked in four.

Smith’s play a bright spot as basketball winds down

The play of Adam Smith continued to shine even as the Hokies dropped three games this past week. The junior guard extended his double-figure scoring streak to a dozen games with 22 points in Monday’s loss to Boston College. The Hokies began the week with a heart-breaking 91-86 overtime loss to No. 4/5 Duke in Cassell Coliseum, with Jalen Hudson scoring a career-high 23 points and Smith adding 15 points. That was followed by a loss at No. 2/3 Virginia and 19 points from Smith. This marked just the second time in school history that Tech had played top 5 teams in back-to-back games. Tech will host Miami on Senior Day on Saturday, honoring Will Johnston and Christian Beyer, along with managers Josh Chambers and Jolie Kipper.

Student-Athlete Q&A

Blayne Fink of the women’s soccer team interviews Hokie softball player Kylie McGoldrick

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Men’s tennis sweeps two on Saturday

Virginia Tech swept UMBC and St. Bonaventure in a double-header on Saturday at the Burrows-Burleson Tennis Center. The Hokies opened against the Retrievers and Tech claimed the doubles point to get things going. In singles, Amerigo Contini and Hunter Koontz took early points to give Tech a 3-0 lead. Joao Monteiro clinched the team win as he took the match on court four. Andreas Bjerrehus, Jai Corbett and Edoardo Tessaro rounded out the points. In the afternoon match, the Hokies won all three doubles and the six singles in straight sets. Bjerrehus secured the team against the Bonnies after Florian Nicoud and Aaron Gomez gave Tech a 3-0 lead with their wins in singles. Contini, Corbett and Tessaro also won their matches.

Hokies drop regular-season finale on the road

The Hokies dropped a heartbreaker at Boston College over the weekend, falling in the final seconds 49-47. Virginia Tech took the lead in the first half and was up 27-16 at the break. BC came out in the second half and tied it up after the first 5:30, but the Hokies again used a run to extend their lead to nine, as Vanessa Panousis and Hannah Young combined for three straight from outside. Tech maintained the lead, but BC tied it up with 1:41 to go and sank a pair of free throws with three seconds remaining to win. Rachel Camp led Tech with 13 points while Panousis had 11. Young chipped in nine while Taijah Campbell had eight points and a game-high 12 rebounds.

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.

Another championship celebration for Coach Cianelli

Director of Track & Field and Cross Country Dave Cianelli got doused after leading the Hokies to the Men’s ACC Indoor Track & Field Championship title at Rector Field House this past weekend. This was the highly respected veteran coach’s eighth overall ACC title and the fourth title for the Tech men's squad.