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Women's tennis team has one of best wins ever

The Hokies went 2-0 through the weekend at home. Tech claimed a commanding 6-1 win over VCU to start things off on Saturday before upsetting No. 16 Miami, 4-3, Sunday afternoon. Tech dropped the doubles point and went down 3-1 to begin the match, but the Hokies, with their backs against the wall, never gave up. Kelly Williford earned the Hokies their second point of the day with a hard-fought, two-set win on court four, and Ilinca Stoica evened the match at three-all with a three-set win over the No. 36 player in the country. The decision came down to court two, where No. 86 Francesca Fusinato was battling the No. 6 player in the nation, Stephanie Wagner. After winning the first set, Fusinato dropped the second, but followed up with a 6-3 win in the third set to seal the match and earn her first victory over a top-10 opponent.

Virginia Tech
Athlete of the Week

Francesca Fusinato
(Women's Tennis, So., Feltre, Belluno, Italy)
Fusinato went 2-0 in singles play over the weekend, and was the deciding factor in Tech's big upset of No. 16 Miami Sunday afternoon. Tech went down 3-1 to the Hurricanes and the match came down to No. 86 Fusinato against the No. 6 player in the nation, Stephanie Wagner. Fusinato won the first set 6-3, but dropped the second 7-5 before rallying for another 6-3 win in the third set to clinch the win.

H2Okie men earn recognition at NCAA championships

The men’s swimming & diving team closed out the 2014-15 season at the NCAA championships at the University of Iowa last week, earning a 31st-place finish in the highly competitive event. The H2Okies earned three honorable-mention all-America finishes. Sophomore Robert Owen was named a two-time honorable-mention All-American after finishing 10th in the 400 IM with a time of 3:42.67 and finishing 14th in the 200 backstroke with a time of 1:41.10. Senior Morgan Latimer also won honorable-mention all-America after seizing 16th in the 200 fly with a time of 1:44.15. Overall, Tech earned 11 top-30 finishes in the championships to close out a great season in which the H2Okies set eight school records, earned five individual ACC medals and finished third in the ACC championships.

Bjerrehus clinches win over ranked Tar Heels

The No. 16 Hokies downed No. 14 North Carolina 4-3, improving to 14-2 overall, 6-1 in the ACC (second in league). Tech trailed 1-0 entering singles, but tied it up after Jai Corbett won at five. The Hokies took the 2-1 off Edoardo Tessaro’s win in the No. 4 over No. 99 Robert Kelly. UNC again tied it up, but Aaron Gomez put Tech back on top 3-2 with an exciting 7-6(2), 7-6(4) decision at six. With the teams tied 3-3, the deciding point came down to court 1 between the Hokies’ No. 45 Andreas Bjerrehus and UNC’s No. 24 Ronnie Schneider. Bjerrehus took the first set 6-3, but Schneider came back for a 7-5 victory in the second. In the final set, Bjerrehus broke two serves, including match-point, to win 6-3.


Hokies earn three wins, including one over No. 7 FSU

After their walk-off win against Clemson last Sunday, the Hokies continued their winning ways with a pair of midweek victories over Norfolk State (12-5 on Tuesday) and ETSU (8-3 on Wednesday) before heading down to Tallahassee for a three-game ACC series at Florida State. Sean Keselica tossed a gem Friday night and Tech got five runs in the seventh to break a 2-2 tie and go on to defeat the seventh-ranked Seminoles 8-3. FSU took game two, setting up Sunday's rubber match that came down to the final pitch in the ninth – a weak grounder to second that scored the game-tying and winning runs for Florida State.

Hokies fall to UNC, beat Tribe


The Hokies went 1-1 on the week, falling to No. 3 North Carolina before rounding out the weekend with a 12-10 win over William & Mary Sunday afternoon. Meg Bartley came up big for the Hokies against the Tribe, matching a career best with six goals in the game, including the 100th of her career. It was Bartley that got things started for the Hokies, scoring less than a minute into the game. Tech briefly lost its early lead before going on a 6-1 run to close out the first half and take an 8-4 lead into the halftime break. William & Mary slowly worked its way back, but the Hokies never let the Tribe get any closer than two goals for the rest of the game.

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Maggie Tyler of the Tech softball team interviews baseball player Alex Perez

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Track & field teams put up impressive marks

Irena Sediva led the charge as Virginia Tech put in quality performances at both the Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays and the Raleigh Relays over the weekend. At one of the country's most renowned track meets, the Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays, Sediva’s heave of 188’2” (57.35m) in the javelin was the best collegiate throw, and set a new school record. Her mark currently leads the nation and was just .03m from breaking the ACC record. Marek Barta placed sixth in the discus at the Texas Relays with a throw of 188’2” (57.36m), the second-best ever by a Tech athlete. At the Raleigh Relays, Sarah Rapp posted a fourth-place finish in the 5,000-meter race with a personal best of 16:07.00, which currently ranks third in the nation.

Softball wins at home, falls at Notre Dame


The Hokie softball team picked up a pair of non-conference wins this week, but suffered a sweep at Notre Dame over the weekend. On Wednesday, the bats came out hot as the Hokies picked up an 11-0, run-rule victory over Longwood and then held on for a 1-0 win in the nightcap. In the opener, Kelly Heinz tossed her second no-hitter of the season. At the plate, freshman Breanna Davenport picked up a career-high four hits. In the second game, Jessie Mehr smoked a ball to the gap for an RBI double to score Vanessa Gonzalez in the second inning. That would be all Maggie Tyler would need as she shut down the Lancers. Over the weekend, Tech (24-9) dropped three games at Notre Dame. Kelsey Mericka hit her league-leading 12th home run in the final game of the weekend.

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.

Up on the roof

The roof is nearing completion on Virginia Tech’s new indoor practice facility, which is scheduled to open before the start of football season this fall. The facility will be a boost for Coach Frank Beamer’s program and will benefit other Hokie sports as well.