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Softball sweeps ACC-leader Louisville


The Hokies had a big week, going 4-0 at home to improve to 28-9 overall. Jessie Mehr hit a three-run home run late to help Tech beat Elon 6-2 in a non-conference tilt Wednesday. The Hokies then picked up a huge three-game sweep over league-leading Louisville. Kylie McGoldrick hit a two-run, walk-off home run in the ninth inning Friday to lift the Hokies to a dramatic 4-2 win. Kelly Heinz and Maggie Tyler combined for two shutouts Saturday, blanking a high-powered Cardinal offense in a pair of 2-0 seven-inning games. Tyler got the win in both games, but Heinz earned the save in the second. Tech moved up two spots in the ACC standings as the Hokies prepare for the stretch run, culminating in the ACC championship in Blacksburg May 7-9.

Virginia Tech
Athlete of the Week

Irena Sediva
(Women’s Track & Field, So., Pribram, Czech Republic)
Irena Sediva set the school record in the javelin throw for the second straight week, but this time was even more special as she shattered a 27-year old ACC record in the process and jumped to No. 10 on the all-time best list in NCAA women’s javelin. Sediva's throw of 190'04" (58.02) bested her own school record mark set the previous weekend and beat out the former ACC mark, set by Ann Crouse of Virginia in 1988, by more than two feet. The Czech Republic native is currently first in the nation with the nearest competitor 10 feet behind her.

Hokies hold first scrimmage of spring

A 52-yard touchdown run by Travon McMillian headlined a controlled intrasquad football scrimmage Saturday at Lane Stadium – the Hokies’ first scrimmage of the spring. Tech’s offense accumulated 143 yards in the 54-play scrimmage. Defensively, freshman Adonis Alexander led the way with six tackles, including 1.5 for a loss and a sack. Tech’s defense had five sacks, as Alexander, Ricky Walker, Jameion Moss, Deon Clarke and Nigel Williams each recorded one. Tech’s second scrimmage of the spring will be this Saturday at Lane Stadium and is open to the public. The practice portion starts at 10:45 a.m., with the actual scrimmage starting approximately 30 minutes later. The Hokies’ annual Maroon-Orange Spring Game will be held on April 25 at 2 p.m.

Record-breaking efforts by Tech throwers

Two school records fell this week, as Irena Sediva and Marek Barta climbed to the top of the Virginia Tech record books in their respective throwing events at the Florida Relays. Not only did Sediva break her own school record in the javelin throw, but she took down the 27-year old ACC record as well. Sediva's throw of 190'04" (58.02) topped the ACC mark set by Ann Crouse of Virginia in 1988 by more than two feet. Sediva ranks first in the nation in the event with the nearest competitor more than 10 feet behind her. Barta’s mark of 193’01” (58.85m) in the discus bested Sven Hahn’s ten-year old record of 189’6” (57.76m) set back in 2005. Barta finished second in the meet behind Penn’s Sam Mattis.

Men’s tennis tops 23rd-ranked Cardinals

The 13th-ranked Hokies defeated 23rd-ranked Louisville 5-2 on the road this weekend, snapping a three-match skid to the Cardinals. Tech grabbed the doubles point to get off to a strong start and went up 2-0 as Hunter Koontz won in the No. 4. Louisville tied it up, winning the next two finished singles matches, but the Hokies reclaimed the lead at 3-2 with 45th-ranked Andreas Bjerrehus taking out No. 123 Alex Gornet on court two. Jai Corbett sealed the win for the Hokies on court six. Tech’s 109th-ranked Joao Monteiro rounded out the scoring for Tech with a win over 94th-ranked Albert Wagner in the No. 3. Tech fell to fourth-ranked UVa on Sunday, 6-1. Koontz picked up a win in the No. 3, defeating 112th-ranked Mac Styslinger.

Student-Athlete Q&A

Adam Smith interviews lacrosse senior Meg Bartley

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Cone leads Tech to seventh-place finish at Augusta

The Hokies opened the April portion of the spring schedule with a seventh-place finish at the 3M Augusta Invitational, at the Forest Hills G.C., in Augusta, Ga. In a field featuring some of the top teams and players in the country, the Hokies had two players finish in the top 10 individually. Trevor Cone tied for sixth overall and Scott Vincent tied for ninth place. Cone played the par-3s in 4-under fashion, best among the 78 competitors, and joined teammates Vincent and Maclain Huge to each play the par-5s at 7-under-par. Both Cone and Vincent posted rounds of par-or-better in all three rounds and helped keep the Hokies in contention throughout the weekend.

Trio of close games provides excitement

Three of the five games the Hokies played in the past week were decided by a single run. Tech beat VMI, 6-5, last Tuesday thanks to an eighth-inning pinch hit single by Phil Sciretta and highlighted by senior Alex Perez' 200th consecutive career start. The team welcomed Georgia Tech for an ACC series over the weekend and the Hokies won Saturday's game 9-8, in walk-off fashion, as an error allowed the winning run to score. In Sunday's rubber match, the Yellow Jackets held on for a 7-6 victory.

Women's tennis battles with Fighting Irish

After falling at Georgia Tech Friday, the Hokies looked to bounce back at home against No. 40 Notre Dame Sunday. After the Irish won the doubles point and tacked on two quick singles wins, they seemed to be headed straight to victory, but Tech was not going down without a fight. Katherine Butler got the Hokies on the board with a win on Court 6 and Francesca Fusinato got Tech closer when she closed out a three-set victory at the No. 2 spot. Both Ilinca Stoica and Elena Cerezo-Codina took their opponents to a tiebreak in the third set. Cerezo-Codina claimed the tiebreak to tie the match at three-all before Stoica fell in the tiebreak, 7-4, on Court 1.

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.

Preparing for the 2015 season

Coach Frank Beamer talks to his squad on Saturday morning before their first scrimmage of the spring. The Hokies will hold open scrimmages this Saturday, April 11, and on Saturday, April 18, leading up to the annual Spring Game at 2 p.m., on April 25. The Hokies open the 2015 season with the defending national champion Ohio State Buckeyes visiting Lane Stadium on Monday, Sept. 7.