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Hokies begin preparations for OSU and 2015 season


The Virginia Tech football squad took to the practice field for the first time on Aug. 7 to begin preparations for the season, with thoughts of taking on defending national champion Ohio State in exactly a month on Labor Day night. Tech enters the 2015 season with 16 starters returning and 44 letterwinners (24 on offense, 20 on defense). Every player who scored in 2014 returns this year. Head coach Frank Beamer is entering his 29th season as the Hokies’ head man and leads all active FBS coaches with 273 wins. Tech will practice in full pads for the first time today. Fan Day and Media Day are slated for Saturday, and the Hokies will also hold a scrimmage on Saturday evening.

Strong cast of returning starters bolster women’s soccer squad

The women’s soccer team begins camp in preparation for the 2015 season firmly focused on earning an eighth consecutive NCAA appearance. The Hokies enter the season ranked 13th nationally and are led by senior Ashley Meier, a 2014 second-team All-ACC and All-Southeast Region selection and junior Murielle Tiernan, a 2014 All-ACC and All-Southeast Region first-team selection who is on the Hermann Award watch list. Seniors Jordan Coburn and Morgan Conklin and junior Candace Cephers are also returning starters from last year’s squad that advanced to the third round of the NCAA tournament and finished 16-6 overall. This year’s home schedule is highlighted by match-ups with perennial national power North Carolina and defending national champion Florida State. The Hokies host an exhibition against Marshall at 4 p.m., Saturday at Thompson Field.

Men’s soccer team to hit the ground running as practice begins

Head coach Mike Brizendine and his squad are optimistic as practice begins today with Tech returning its top three point-earners from last season. Last year’s leading scorer is emerging young star and All-ACC selection Ricardo John, who is just a sophomore. The Hokies went 7-8-2 (2-5-1) last season with an extremely young squad that will look to take it to the next level after a year of seasoning. Tech will face a challenging slate, including seven NCAA teams from last season. Three of the past four national champions will visit Blacksburg this year. The Hokies open the season at home on Aug. 28 against UNCG, but will be at Thompson Field this Saturday at 7 p.m., for an exhibition match against Liberty.

Vick in town for opening practice, addresses team

Tech began preparations for the 2015 season on Aug. 7 with a two-hour practice, but before the Hokies started, they got to hear from arguably the greatest player in school history. Michael Vick, who led the Hokies to a perfect regular season record in 1999 and an appearance in the 2000 national championship game, stopped by, and head football coach Frank Beamer introduced him to the team. Vick spoke to the team for several minutes. “I told them to embrace the opportunity,” he said. “Don’t take anything lightly. Life is ahead of them, whether it’s the NFL or graduating and moving on to other things. They have a great opportunity to do many things with their lives, and this is the platform to do it.” Vick is still hoping to land with an NFL team after having played with the New York Jets last season.

Well-rounded volleyball squad prepared for 2015

With the first match less than three weeks away, practices have begun for the 2015 volleyball team. The Hokies welcome four players to the roster — freshmen Haley Price, Alex Toben and Jaila Tolbert, as well as sophomore transfer Cara Cunningham. Tech returns three starters: Ashley Battle, Amanda McKinzie and preseason All-ACC team member Lindsey Owens. Owens, a Florida native, started all 31 matches last season and had 400 kills and 312 digs. The Hokies worked hard all spring to prepare for the 2015 campaign after narrowly missing a bid to the NCAA tournament. Tech finished strong in 2014 as the team defeated eight of its last nine opponents. The Hokies are excited to get back on the court, opening the season Aug. 28 in the Radford/Virginia Tech Invitational at Cassell Coliseum.

Spring Road renamed Beamer Way

In appreciation for his many years of service and extraordinary contributions to university life, the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors has renamed Spring Road in honor of Frank Beamer. Recognizing contributions made both on and off the field by Tech's head football coach and wife Cheryl, Spring Road, which runs alongside the west stands and press box of Lane Stadium, has been re-named Beamer Way. The surprise announcement was made at the football team’s first meeting of the fall on Aug. 6 in the Merryman Center. Get the full story, including a video, on hokiesports.com, HERE.