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All three phases score as Hokies close spring football with Maroon-Orange game

Virginia Tech’s offense, defense and special teams all scored touchdowns as the Hokies wrapped up 2015 spring football practice with the annual Maroon-Orange game this past Saturday. The two teams were named Team Pylon and Team Medal of Honor as a way to honor the university’s military tradition. Team Medal of Honor won the game, 24-21. Michael Brewer threw an 18-yard touchdown pass to Isaiah Ford, and Travon McMillian, Trey Edmunds and J.C. Coleman scored on short touchdown runs. Greg Stroman returned a punt 88 yards for a touchdown, and Donovan Riley return a fumble 36 yards for a score. Michael Santamaria added a 48-yard field goal. C.J. Reavis finished with a game-high seven tackles. Chuck Clark and Ryan Malleck were named the MVP’s of spring practice.

Trevor Cone finishes on top at ACC championship

Senior Trevor Cone was named a tri-champion of the 2015 ACC Men’s Golf Championship after he finished in a three-way tie with Anders Albertson of Georgia Tech and Robin Sciot-Siegrist of Louisville. Cone posted rounds of 68-66-71 for an 11-under-par 205 to become the first Hokie to claim an ACC men’s golf title and the first Hokie to claim any conference golf tournament since Ryan Stinnett won the Big East title in 2004. The 2015 Hokies finished sixth at the ACC championship, held at the Old North State Club in New London, N.C. Scott Vincent finished in 10th place with a 4-under 212, Maclain Huge finished tied for 20th and those two, as well as Cone, each carded rounds of par-or-better in each round of the championship.

Virginia Tech
Athlete of the Week

Trevor Cone
(Men’s Golf, senior, Concord, N.C.)
Trevor Cone was named a tri-champion of the 2015 ACC Men’s Golf Championship, after he finished in a three-way tie with Anders Albertson of Georgia Tech and Robin Sciot-Siegrist of Louisville in the three-day event. Cone posted rounds of 68-66-71 for an 11-under-par 205 total. Cone becomes the first Hokie to claim the ACC men’s golf title and the first Hokie since Ryan Stinnett in the Big East Conference in 2004 to claim a conference golf title.

Mericka, Woodcock receive Skelton Award for Academic Excellence in Athletics

Baseball pitcher Jon Woodcock and softball third baseman Kelsey Mericka both received the 2015 Skelton Award for Academic Excellence in Athletics – the highest designation handed out by the Tech athletics department – at the Athletics Director’s Honors Breakfast Sunday. The Skelton Award, named after the late Dr. Bill and Peggy Skelton, goes to a rising junior, senior or fifth-year male and female student-athlete who has participated for at least two seasons at Tech and who holds an overall grade-point average of 3.40 or better. Each recipient receives a scholarship of $5,000. The athletics department also recognized more than 300 student-athletes who achieved a grade-point average of 3.0 or better during one or both semesters the preceding calendar year. To see all the award winners, please click here.

Thompson named ACC Men’s Tennis Coach of the Year

Coach Jim Thompson has been named the 2015 ACC Men’s Tennis Coach of the Year after guiding the Hokies to a 19-4 record overall (10-2 ACC). Tech was 9-3 versus nationally ranked opponents this season. In addition, four of Thompson's players have earned 2015 All-ACC honors with Andreas Bjerrehus and Amerigo Contini being named to the second team and Hunter Koontz and Joao Monteiro earning third-team recognition. All four of those players are currently ranked in the ITA singles. This marks Bjerrehus and Contini’s third consecutive season on the All-ACC team while Monteiro picks up his second honor and Koontz earns conference accolades for the first time. The Hokies placed four players on the all-conference team for the first time since joining the ACC in 2004.

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Women's tennis advances to quarters at ACC Championship

The No. 9 seed Hokies advanced to the quarterfinals of the ACC tournament for the first time in program history as they knocked off eighth-seeded Boston College, 4-3, on the second day of action in Cary, N.C. Tech claimed the early doubles point, but the Eagles responded with singles wins on Courts 1 and 2. Elena Cerezo-Codina evened things up at two with a win at No. 3. After BC tacked on another point, Sansitha Nandakumar and Caroline Daxhelet sealed the win for Tech. With the Hokies already being a top-40 team, the win helps set up the team's first NCAA appearance since 2000.

Hokies win one in series at Duke

Tech's baseball team salvaged a win at Duke on Sunday by using an eight-run sixth inning and a quality start from freshman starting pitcher Packy Naughton to register an 11-3 victory over the Blue Devils. Naughton tossed six scoreless frames and struck out four to improve to 2-1 on the season and became the third Tech freshman pitcher to win an ACC start and the first since 2009. Leading 3-0, Tech blew the game wide-open in the sixth with a one-out rally. Seven straight Hokies reached base, which included four by walks and a hit by pitch. Alex Perez and Erik Payne each had two-RBI singles in the frame as everyone but Payne scored in the inning.

Hokie throwers put up good marks at nearby Radford

Several Hokies posted quality finishes at the Highlander Invite hosted by Radford University over the weekend. Competing in her first meet this season, Eva Vivod won the women’s javelin throw with an impressive mark of 173’8” (52.94m). Vivod’s throw currently ranks ninth in the nation. Vivod joins Irena Sediva and Sabine Kopplin in the top 15 nationally. Sediva ranks first in the nation while Kopplin moves down to 12th with marks set this weekend. Tomas Kruzliak ousted the competition in the men’s hammer throw with a mark of 209’00” (63.70m, almost 35 feet further than the second-place competitor at the competition. Jordan Roach won the men’s discus throw with a mark of 168’7” (51.40m), over eight feet further than the throw of the second place competitor.

Megan Will becomes Tech’s all-time leader in career points

The Hokies gave top-seeded North Carolina a battle in the first round of the ACC tournament, but the Tar Heels pulled away from Tech to win 18-12. Hat tricks by Meg Bartley and Megan Will paced the Hokies, and Will became the all-time career points leader at Tech. Bartley and Will have each captured school records in their senior season. North Carolina went up 4-1 early, but a 4-0 run by the Hokies gave them their first lead of the day. The two teams went back and forth the remainder of the half, and Tech trailed by just a goal at the break. Meagh Graham had a stellar first half in cage, making ten saves in the first 40 minutes and finishing with 13 for the game.

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Roth with his final call for the Hokies

Tech’s spring game marked the final call for Bill Roth as the “Voice of the Hokies.” After 27 years of calling Tech sporting events, Roth is leaving to become the radio voice of the UCLA Bruins. He and broadcast partner Mike Burnop called every Hokie football game during Roth’s tenure and have worked basketball games together since 1996.

Listen to Bill's final Hokie sign-off below.