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Gobblers show recognizes Tech’s top moments of 2014-15

The Virginia Tech athletics department celebrated the athletics and academic accomplishments of its student-athletes and coaches on May 6 at the inaugural Gobblers awards show held at the Moss Arts Center. The show, which took the place of the All-Sports Banquet, was similar to the ESPY’s, which recognizes individual and team athletics achievement and other sports-related performances. It was a formal production in a setting befitting of the Moss Arts Center, with student-athletes dressed up and entertainment interspersed throughout the evening. Andrew Allegretta, the radio voice for women’s basketball and baseball, served as the master of ceremonies for the event. Wrestler Devin Carter and diver Kaylea Arnett were the big winners, as they were named the male and female athlete of the year, respectively. For more, please CLICK HERE.

Hokies top historic 2015 season with First Round NCAA win

 

The Virginia Tech women’s tennis team made the journey across the country for its first NCAA championship appearance since 2000, and then made a statement in its first round win over Long Beach State. The No. 32 Hokies got off to a great start, earning the doubles point, before singles victories from the top three players sealed the program's first road win in the NCAA championships. No. 65 Ilinca Stoica, No. 51 Francesca Fusinato and No. 100 Elena Cerezo-Codina won their matches to help Tech advance to the second round where the Hokies fell to No. 1 and top-seeded Southern California. The season continues in Waco, Texas for Fusinato, however, as she is just the second player in program history to qualify for the NCAA championships singles draw.

Virginia Tech
Athlete of the Week

Elena Cerezo-Codina
(Women’s Tennis, Fr., Almeria, Spain)
Cerezo-Codina was a catalyst for the No. 32 Hokies in the opening round of the NCAA championships in Los Angeles, clinching both the doubles point and the team win for Tech against Long Beach State. The Hokies earned the first NCAA Tournament road win in program history, downing Long Beach State 4-2. Cerezo-Codina teamed up with Francesca Fusinato to earn an 8-7 (5) win on Court 2 to help take the early lead. With Long Beach State en route to a comeback, the No. 100 player in the nation battled in another tiebreak to seal the first-round win, taking Court Three 6-3, 7-6 (5). Cerezo-Codina also won her first set (7-6 (9) against the No. 38 player in the country in the second round match against USC and was beginning the second set as the match was clinched.

No. 15 Tech wins first round game as NCAA Regional host

 

The 15th-ranked Hokies capped off a strong season, hosting the 2015 NCAA men’s tennis opening rounds this past weekend. Tech opened with a 4-1 win over ETSU. The Hokies got off to a good start, claiming the doubles point to take a 1-0 lead. In singles, 109th-ranked Joao Monteiro put Tech on top 2-0. Andreas Bjerrehus, ranked 43rd, scored the third point for the Hokies while the deciding match came down to senior Hunter Koontz (No. 105) who clinched the No. 4, securing the win. In the second round, 18th-ranked South Florida proved too much for Tech as the Bulls won the hard-fought match to advance. Bjerrehus will be on the court next week for the Hokies at the NCAA Singles Championship in Waco, Texas.

Hokies headed to Knoxville for NCAA softball regional

 

Virginia Tech earned an at-large berth in the 2015 NCAA Softball Championship, its eighth bid overall and fourth in a row. The Hokies will face Utah of the Pac-12 in the first round of the Knoxville Regional. Tech enters the tournament with a 34-21 record following a tough 3-2 loss in the first round of the ACC Softball Championship. The Hokies and Utes, who have never met in softball before, play Friday at 3:30 p.m., at Sherri Parker Lee Stadium, with the game viewable online on ESPN3. Utah, ranked 22nd, is 34-17 on the year and received an at-large bid out of the Pac-12. On the other half of the regional bracket, Tennessee, from the SEC, is 42-14 overall while Longwood is 33-23 and won the Big South Conference Tournament.

Hokies top Mountaineers, prepare for final ACC weekend series

Career-high nights from Saige Jenco and Joe Freiday, Jr., helped the Virginia Tech baseball team extend its season-long winning streak to seven straight games with a 13-3 victory over West Virginia last Tuesday night. Jenco went 3-for-4 with two triples and drove in a career-high six RBIs, while Freiday, Jr., notched his first three-hit game with a pair of doubles and four runs scores. On the mound for Tech was Jon Woodcock, who tossed his team-high fifth quality start of the season to improve to 3-2 for the year. After a weekend off during final exams, the Hokies will turn their attention to the final weekend of ACC play when they travel to Pittsburgh with a chance to secure an ACC postseason berth.

Hokies shine in final tune-up for ACC championships

Tech produced some quality performances at the Roanoke College-Virginia Tech Twilight Qualifier this past Saturday. Amanda Smith won the women’s 800 race with an impressive time of 2:04.36 that ranks 14th nationally. The men’s 800 race produced several quality finishes from Tech runners. Patrick Joseph won with a time of 1:49.22 followed by Prince Owusu in second place with a time of 1:50.00. The Hokies will now set their sights on this weekend’s ACC championships. The men’s team will look to double up, as it claimed the indoor crown earlier this year and the women’s team will try to improve its placing from the fall. Several Tech athletes are poised to take home individual titles at the meet as well.

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Tech tennis teams take center stage

It was a beautiful weekend in Blackburg as the 15th-ranked Virginia Tech men’s tennis team played host to an NCAA Regional at the Burrows-Burleson Tennis Center. Coach Jim Thompson’s Hokie men won their first round game over ETSU at their outstanding facility on the Tech campus. Meanwhile, Terry Ann Zawacki-Woods’ 32nd-ranked Hokie women traveled across the country to Los Angeles where they also were victorious in the first round, topping Long Beach State 4-2.

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