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Men’s tennis wins two in Florida, finishes ACC regular season in second

The No. 14 Hokies went 2-0 on the final weekend of the regular season, defeating Miami 7-0 and No. 32 Florida State 4-3. Tech won the doubles point and all six singles, giving up just two sets out of 14 to the Hurricanes. Virginia Tech gave up the doubles point to the Seminoles, but the Hokies' No. 63 Andreas Bjerrehus and Hunter Koontz claimed an 8-4 win over the No. 13 pair. Tech took the lead, winning the first two singles matches with No. 110 Joao Monteiro and No. 103 Hunter Koontz claiming wins. FSU reclaimed the lead at 3-2, but Edoardo Tessaro tied it back up. The deciding match came down to court two where 68th-ranked Amerigo Contini clinched the win for the Hokies.

Brewer’s three TD passes headline final scrimmage of spring

Michael Brewer threw three touchdowns passes to highlight Virginia Tech’s final intrasquad football scrimmage at Lane Stadium last Saturday. Brewer threw touchdown passes of 3 yards to Bucky Hodges, 7 yards to Kevin Asante and 19 yards to Cam Phillips. Tech’s offense finished with 278 total yards, 225 of that through the air. Tech’s first-team defense only allowed one score. The Hokies recorded 13 sacks and 20 tackles for a loss. Redshirt freshman backer Raymon Minor had two sacks and Woody Baron had 1.5. Baron, Andrew Motuapuaka and Terrell Edmunds led all players with five tackles. Tech wraps up spring practice with the annual Maroon-Orange Spring Game next Saturday at 2 p.m. Admission is free. Hokie Village, the pregame festival that made its debut last fall, will be opening at 10:30 that morning and closing at 1:15 p.m.

Hokies split against Tar Heels on the diamond

The Hokies enjoyed a 2-1 week that saw them end a 22-game losing streak against the North Carolina Tar Heels. The week started, though, with a 6-5 comeback win at ETSU that saw Alex Perez with a two-out, two-RBI triple in the top of the 9th inning that turned a 5-4 deficit into the one-run lead. On Friday, Perez and Brendon Hayden both hit home runs in a five-run sixth inning against the No. 23 Tar Heels that changed a 2-1 deficit into a four-run advantage. Tech held on for an 8-3 win as Kit Scheetz got the win on the mound, but the Hokies fell to UNC on Saturday 11-10 despite huge offensive afternoons from Hayden, who hit another home run and drove in four, while Erik Payne and Sean Keselica each had two RBIs.

Virginia Tech
Athlete of the Week

Alex Perez
(Baseball, Sr., Miami, Fla.)
The nation’s leader in consecutive starts (211 straight) continued his incredible senior campaign by leading the team for the week with a .545 average, a 1.091 slugging percentage and a .600 on-base percentage. Perez led the team with five runs scored, six hits (tied), three walks and eight RBIs. His week started by driving in all six runs for the Hokies in the 6-5 win at ETSU – which included a two-out, two-RBI triple (his ACC-leading seventh of the year) in the 9th that turned a 5-4 deficit into the one-run lead.

Women's tennis wraps up regular season with a win

The No. 38 Hokies went 1-1 on the weekend, falling at No. 12 Virginia before capping off the regular season with a 6-1 win over Louisville at home on Sunday. No. 85 Ilinca Stoica went 2-0 in singles play through the weekend knocking off the No. 4 player in the country in Virginia's Julie Elbaba 0-6,6-2, 6-2, before knocking off Elle Stokes of Louisville, 6-2, 6-1. Elena Cerezo-Codina also went 2-0 on the weekend, playing both matches at No. 3. She knocked off No. 30 Stephanie Nauta 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 to start the weekend off and picked up a 6-1, 6-3 win against Louisville on Sunday.

Student-Athlete Q&A

Johnna Dominick of the Tech track & field team interviews women’s tennis player Francesca Fusinato

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Hokies put up quality performances at the Virginia Challenge

With an outdoor personal-best time of 2:03.27, Hanna Green won the 800-meter race at the University of Virginia this weekend and surpassed Amanda Smith’s record of 2:04.45 set last season. Green’s time currently ranks third in the nation. Manuel Ziegler soared in the men’s long jump, claiming the victory with an impressive jump of 25’10.25” (7.88m). His jump currently ranks second in the nation and first in the ACC. Ziegler’s mark is second in Virginia Tech history only behind Jeff Artis-Gray. Jaka Muhar took the men’s javelin throw with ease hitting a mark of 229’11” (70.08m) on his fifth attempt. His throw was a personal best and currently ranks 20th in the nation and third in the Virginia Tech record books.

Softball wins important ACC series at Pitt

The Hokie softball team picked up three wins on the week, including a big series win at Pitt over the weekend. After falling to No. 12 Tennessee on Wednesday, the Hokies split with Liberty on Thursday. On Saturday, Kelsey Mericka blasted three home runs to bring her season total to 15 as Tech won 5-2 in 10 innings and 6-3. Mericka is now just one home run shy of tying the school record of 16 set by Megan Evans. The Hokies will host Radford on Wednesday in a single game and then NC State this weekend. On Sunday, the program will recognize five seniors – Kylie McGoldrick, Lauren Gaskill, Logan Spaw, Michelle Prong and Bailey Liddle.

Hokies finish seventh at Yale, have ACC championship up next

The Virginia Tech men’s golf team tied for seventh place at the Yale Spring Invitational this past weekend in New Haven, Connecticut. Playing without top scorer Scott Vincent, who was play at the RBC Heritage Classic, the Hokies used a different lineup at Yale, which, due to it serving as an NCAA regional site this May, attracted six ACC teams to the event. Trevor Cone led the Hokies by carding a three-round total of 2-over-par 212, good for a tie for ninth place, individually. Maclain Huge, playing in the second position for the Hokies, tied for 16th place at 216. Tech will get right back into action this weekend at the 2015 ACC Men’s Golf Championship at the Old North State Club in Badin Lake, North Carolina.

Current Hokie golfer fares well at PGA Tour event

Virginia Tech senior Scott Vincent stepped away from collegiate golf for the weekend and competed in the PGA Tour’s RBC Heritage Classic at the Harbour Town Golf Links in Hilton Head, South Carolina. On the strength of identical 1-under-par 70s on Thursday and Friday, Vincent made the cut in his first-ever PGA Tour appearance. He finished the event at even-par 280 and finished in 64th place. This marks the first time that an active Virginia Tech golfer played in a PGA Tour-sanctioned event since Drew Weaver played in the 2008 Masters. Vincent was not alone at the RBC Heritage, as Hokies Johnson Wagner and fellow Zimbabwean Brendon de Jonge were also in the field. De Jonge tied for 18th place to earn $69,235.

Will scores five goals in loss at Virginia

The Hokies wrapped up their regular season conference slate at No. 5 Virginia over the weekend, falling on the road 17-10. Megan Will scored five goals in the game and added an assist to get her within three points of the all-time Tech record, held by her cousin Dawn Will. Tech will face top-seeded North Carolina in the first round of the ACC tournament. The postseason game will return the Hokies to Charlottesville for the second time in less than a week. This is the fourth time the two teams have met in the post season, with the last coming in 2007.

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.

Big weekend ahead for Hokie softball

With just two weekends left in ACC play, Virginia Tech softball has a big series upcoming with games against NC State this Saturday, Sunday and Monday at Tech Softball Park. Lauren Gaskill and the Hokies, ranked 37th in the latest RPI, will tangle with the Wolfpack, ranked 33rd in the RPI, for position and seeding in the upcoming ACC championship to be held in Blacksburg May 7-9.