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Hokies’ preparations continue following final open scrimmage


The defensive backs and the rest of Coach Frank Beamer’s football team were fired up for their second scrimmage of the fall last Saturday in Lane Stadium. That practice was open to the public, and was the last time fans could get a glimpse of the Hokies in action before Sept. 7. The next time Tech takes the field in front of Hokie Nation it will really be time to start jumping as the Hokies take on the defending national champion and No. 1 Ohio State. Regular tickets for the game against the Buckeyes are sold out, but there are still some season tickets available in the club seating areas.

Twenty4You initiative to improve fan experience in Lane this fall

The Virginia Tech Athletics Department began rolling out components of its Twenty4You fan initiative on Aug. 10. The plan was developed in response to fan surveys conducted during the 2014 football season. The department listened carefully to those suggestions and comments and is in the process of unveiling a 24-point plan based on the feedback offered by Hokie Nation. Some of the notable improvements and enhancements announced so far for 2015 are new concession offerings, including gluten-free, and reduced water prices; improved signage in and around the stadium; bag/no bag lines at entrances; and enhanced event staffing and services. Additional points in the plan will continue to be announced from now until opening-game weekend.

Hokies win two on the road, host JMU in home opener Friday

The Virginia Tech women’s soccer team got the 2015 season off to a great start, winning the Hoosier Classic in Bloomington, Indiana over the weekend. In Friday night’s season opener, Tech downed host Indiana, 2-1, on a pair of goals from Murielle Tiernan. In Sunday’s 2-1 win over No. 12 West Virginia, the 13th-ranked Hokies fought off an early offensive charge by the Mountaineers en route to a scoreless first half. In the second half, goals by Tiernan and Candace Cephers secured the Hokie win. Tiernan, Cephers and Ashley Meier were named to the all-tournament team. Tech’s home opener is Friday night at 6 p.m., as the Hokies host James Madison in the first game of a women’s/men’s soccer double-header Thompson Field.

Men’s soccer to kick off 2015 season at home Friday night

The men’s soccer team is set to take the field for its season opener at home this Friday night at 8:30 p.m., against the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. It will be the first game of the season for both squads and the Hokies will be playing a UNCG squad coming off a 6-12-2 season overall and 5-4-1 in Southern Conference play, where it finished fourth. The Hokies went 4-2-2 at Thompson Field last season, and will look to get off to a hot start in 2015. To get prepared for the season, Diego Menendez de Miguel and the Hokies faced Liberty and James Madison at home before traveling to East Tennessee State for a final scrimmage this past Saturday.

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Blayne Fink of the women’s soccer team interviews men’s soccer player Ben Lundgaard

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Hokies excited to open the 2015 season at Cassell this weekend

The Virginia Tech volleyball team has been working hard for several weeks and is ready to hit the court! This weekend, Virginia Tech and Radford University are hosting the Radford/Virginia Tech Invitational, beginning in Cassell Coliseum at 2 p.m., Friday against East Tennessee State. Free pizza will be given away to all students in attendance at the LIU Brooklyn match Friday at 7 p.m. Tech concludes the tournament on Saturday at noon against Elon. Following a 2014 season that featured solid attacking by Amanda McKinzie and her teammates, the Hokies have spent time during the preseason focusing on the defensive side of the ball. Tech closed out last season with six straight wins and the Hokies look to pick up right where they left off.

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Newcomers experience Lane and Hokie Nation at Welcome Picnic

Attending college at Virginia Tech is a special experience, and the university and athletic department got things started with a bang for Hokie students Sunday with the Hokie Hi Welcome Picnic in Lane Stadium. On the evening before fall semester classes began, most of the freshman class went through the tunnel and walked onto Worsham Field for a picnic with several thousand members of their new Hokie Nation family. Fall sports teams were introduced, and the Marching Virginians, HighTechs and cheerleaders entertained the crowd and taught some of the cheers and traditions that help make Lane Stadium one of the best college football venues in the nation. Check out a gallery from the event on the Virginia Tech Athletics Facebook page HERE.