The Hokies wrapped up the 2015 season last week with Francesca Fusinato becoming just the second player in program history to participate in the NCAA women's singles championships. Despite falling in the opening round of the tournament to the No. 33 player in the nation, Fusinato finished the season with a 14-9 record and a No. 51 ranking. As a team, Tech made an historic postseason run after an impressive regular season. The Hokies entered the postseason as the No. 32 team in the country, the highest in-season ranking in program history. The squad advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament after earning its first road postseason win, topping Long Beach State in Los Angeles.
The Hokies wrapped up one of the best seasons in program history last week as Andreas Bjerrehus became the 15th Tech player to compete at the NCAA Singles Championship. Bjerrehus battled in the opening round, squaring off against Ohio State’s 50th-ranked Chris Diaz. The two went to three-sets, but Diaz was able to hold on for the tiebreaker in the third to win it, 6-4, 2-6, 7-6(6). Virginia Tech finished the season with a 20-5 overall record, finishing second in the ACC. The Hokies also earned several ITA Atlantic Regional honors with Bjerrehus being named the Player to Watch while Hunter Koontz was tabbed Most Improved Player (Senior) of the Year and Stephen Huss was named Assistant Coach of the Year.
Twenty-five student athletes will be headed to Jacksonville, Florida to compete in the preliminary rounds of 2015 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships at the NCAA East Regional hosted by the University of North Florida. Representing the men in field events will be pole vaulters Jared Allison, Brad Johnson and Chris Uhle, discus throwers Marek Barta and Jordan Roach, javelin thrower Jaka Muhar and hammer thrower Tomas Kruzliak. On the track for the men will be Dante Price in the 200, Patrick Joseph in the 800, Neil Gourley in the 1,500, Darren Barlow, Daniel Jaskowak and Stuart Robertson in the steeplechase and Thomas Curtin in the 5,000. In the field events for the women will be Johnna Domminick in the high jump and Sabine Kopplin and Irena Sediva in the javelin. Women of the track will be Shanel Burr in the 100 hurdles, Christine London in the 400 hurdles, Hanna Green in the 800, and Shannon Morton, Katarina Smiljanec and Amanda Smith in the 1,500. Paige Kvartunas will be in both the 1,500 and the 5,000, and Sarah Rapp doubles up in the 5,000 and 10,000-meter races.
Virginia Tech made the ACC championship field, but a pair of costly errors doomed the Hokies in their opening game against North Carolina in Durham last Tuesday. The Tar Heels scored four unearned runs in the 5-3 game that kept Tech from reaching pool play, and saw the end of the collegiate careers of Alex Perez, Brendon Hayden, Sean Keselica, Ryan Burns, Kyle Wernicki and Erik Payne. Hayden was named All-ACC First Team, while Saige Jenco, who went 3-for-5 with a run scored and an RBI against the Tar Heels, was tabbed All-ACC Third Team.
The Hokies held their annual Sponsor Dinner in Cassell Coliseum last Tuesday evening to thank the many partners of Virginia Tech Athletics and IMG College. More than 250 people from sponsoring businesses were invited to a social hour with the Tech head coaches and administrators and a nice dinner on the Coliseum floor. The highlight of the evening was a panel discussion hosted by Mike Burnop featuring Athletics Director Whit Babcock, Coach Frank Beamer, Coach Buzz Williams and Coach Dennis Wolff discussing a variety of topics about their stories, their programs and the future of Virginia Tech Athletics.