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Motley, Hokies roll to first win

While making his first collegiate start, Tech quarterback Brenden Motley completed 16 of 24 passes for 233 yards and two touchdowns. He also rushed for a touchdown to lead the Hokies to a 42-3 win over Furman on Sept. 12. Motley, who got the start in placed of injured Michael Brewer, led a Tech attack that finished with 583 yards, including 299 on the ground. The Hokies pulled away in the third quarter with three touchdowns, including two touchdown passes by Motley and a touchdown run by Trey Edmunds. Furman’s lone score came on a third-quarter field goal. The Paladins had just 254 yards of offense. Tech now hits the road for the first time this season, traveling to West Lafayette, Indiana, for a Saturday game against Big Ten foe Purdue.

Women’s golf program to officially tee off for the first time Sunday

The Virginia Tech women’s golf team will make school history when the Hokies tee off at the Lady Paladin Invitational hosted by Furman University in Greenville, S.C. The team, coached by Carol Robertson, will take the course on Sunday to open the inaugural season in the first of four fall tournaments. The six-member team, made up of three freshmen, two redshirt freshmen and a lone junior transfer, will represent the Hokies in Illinois, Kentucky and South Carolina before the fall season closes. Incoming freshman Emily Bose enters the competition fresh off a victory at the 46th Virginia State Golf Association Junior Girls’ Championship, taking home the win on the first playoff hole. To keep up with Virginia Tech Women’s golf in 2015-16, follow @VT_WGolf on Twitter.

Tech ends non-conference play unbeaten, will host UNC Saturday


Virginia Tech swept two matches this past week, as the team wrapped up its 2015 non-conference schedule unbeaten. On Thursday night, the Hokies defeated Davidson, 2-1 at Thompson Field. Laila Gray got the scoring started and Ashley Meier netted the game-winner in the 74th minute on a goal assisted by Kallie Peurifoy. On Sunday afternoon, the Hokies picked up an important non-conference road victory, as they defeated Georgetown, 2-1, in Washington, D.C. Gray broke a 1-1 tie in the final two minutes with a goal assisted once again by Peurifoy. With the wins, Tech finished the non-conference schedule with an 8-0-1 mark. The Hokies open ACC play this weekend, as they host nationally ranked North Carolina Saturday night at 7 p.m.

Virginia Tech
Athlete of the Week

Laila Gray
(So, M, Fairfax, Va.)
Gray scored a goal in each match this past week for the Hokies. In the win over Davidson on Thursday night, Gray put the Hokies on the board with her goal in the 59th minute. In the road win at Georgetown on Sunday afternoon, Gray netted the game-winner, her third goal of the season, in the 88th minute to give the Hokies the victory. Gray has scored in each of the last three matches for the Hokies.

Games versus UVa, UNC and Louisville highlight home slate

Sophomore guard Justin Bibbs displays his exciting style of play in a game at Virginia Tech Carilion Court at Cassell Coliseum last season. The new season tips off Saturday, Nov. 14 at 7 p.m., at home against Alabama State. See the complete 2015-16 schedule here.

Tech to welcome regional foes for Hokie Invite

Virginia Tech returns home this weekend after closing out the Indiana Invitational with a four-set win over Bowling Green on Saturday evening. Middle blocker Ashley Battle garnered all-tournament team honors, paving the way for the Hokies’ three matches in Bloomington. The North Carolina native hit a .472 clip with 12 blocks. Four Hokies recorded six double-doubles at the tournament: Amanda McKinzie (2), Lindsey Owens (2), Kyra Coundourides (1), and Rhegan Mitchell (1). Tech welcomes Middle Tennessee, Chattanooga, and Liberty in the Hokie Invitational this weekend. Tech takes on Middle Tennessee Friday at 7 p.m., followed by Chattanooga on Saturday at 10 a.m., and Liberty at 7 p.m. Fans will receive donuts on Saturday morning. All matches will air on HokiesXtra.

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Men’s tennis team begins fall season

The men's tennis team opened the fall tournament slate at the 48th Annual Southern Intercollegiate Championships where three players advance to the quarterfinals. In the Division I singles, Amerigo Contini, Joao Monteiro and Edoardo Tessaro all moved into the late weekend round. Tessaro used a big upset to advance as he downed second-seeded Austin Smith of UGA in the Round of 16 to move on. Aaron Gomez claimed a win on the final day of competition in the consolation draw of the Division II singles flight.

Women’s tennis team gets fall season underway

The Virginia Tech women’s tennis team opened up its 2015-2016 campaign in Raleigh, N.C., facing off against host NC State, Mississippi State and Georgia State. The Hokies were victorious in six singles’ matches, highlighted by senior Raluca Mita winning her flight. Mita claimed wins over Georgia State’s Lara Vovk 7-6, 7-6, and Carolina Kelly of Mississippi State. 6-4, 7-6(2). Additionally, Elena Cerezo-Codina downed Niri Rasolomala of Georgia State, 7-5, 4-6, 6-4 while Caroline Daxhelet defeated GSU’s 6-3, 6-3 and topped the Wolfpack’s Claudia Wiktorin 7-6(4), 6-2. Tech’s Katherine Butler posted a 6-0, 6-3 decision against Chiara Volejnicek of Georgia State and claimed a 7-5, 6-4 victory over Mississippi State’s Kristina Vozniak. The Hokies return to the court Sept. 25-27 when they host the Hokie Fall Invite at the Burrows-Burleson Tennis Center.

Men’s soccer team hangs tough in competitive ACC opener

The Virginia Tech men's soccer team hosted No. 3 North Carolina on Friday night in the ACC opener for both teams. The Hokies were coming off of road wins over No. 10 Xavier and Cincinnati and playing just their second home game of the season. A great crowd of over 1,700 on Friday night watched Tech hang tough with the Tar Heels for the entire contest but two late, first-half goals allowed UNC to escape with a 2-0 win. Ricardo John and the Hokies had opportunities in the first half to go up on the visitors but a shot from Som Essome was stopped on a diving save from the UNC goalkeeper. Collin Verfurth also had a chance from close range but his effort went high.

Hokies to get season started this weekend in Richmond

The Hokies open the 2015-16 men’s golf schedule on Monday, September 21, as they go for a fourth consecutive victory at the VCU Shootout. The event will be played on a new course this year, as the competitors will be challenged by the Tuckahoe Creek Course at the Country Club of Virginia in Richmond. The Hokies will be led this season by senior captain Maclain Huge. A starter since his arrival in Blacksburg, Huge is the lone senior on this year’s team. He enters the first event of his final campaign at Virginia Tech as the current Virginia State Amateur champion, having won the title in Charlottesville over the summer. Junior Joey Lane is the team’s other captain this season. All nine members of the Hokies’ team will compete in Richmond.

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Hokies learning financial management

Jonathan Orr, a former collegiate and NFL football player who founded Athlete Transition Services Corp., came to Blacksburg on Sept. 9 to meet with Virginia Tech student-athletes as part of an hour-long seminar on financial management. Tech’s Office of Student-Athlete Development sponsored the seminar, with the goal being to educate student-athletes on how to manage money now that they’re receiving additional miscellaneous funds as part of the NCAA’s new cost of attendance model. Ninety-two Tech student-athletes attended and learned about the importance of things like budgeting, credit, and avoiding credit card debt.

2015 class inducted into Virginia Tech Sports Hall of Fame

Quarterback Will Furrer, All-American wrestler Sean Gray, running back Roscoe Coles, longtime team physician Duane Lagan and track standout April Byrd were recognized following the first quarter of the Hokies’ game with Furman. Those five, plus quarterback Bryan Randall who could not attend because he was getting married Saturday, were inducted into the Virginia Tech Sports Hall of Fame at a banquet held at the Inn at Virginia Tech Friday night. The six new honorees bring the total number enshrined to 181. For more information on the inductees and their accomplishments, please check out this story on