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Top Ten Hokies pick up two ACC wins


The Hokies picked up a pair of big ACC wins this week. First Tech shut out NC State, 3-0, in a driving rain in Raleigh Thursday night in its first ACC road match of the season. The Hokies broke open a scoreless game after the break, netting three second half goals in the victory, including goals from Murielle Tiernan and Ashley Meier, along with an own goal by the Wolfpack. On Sunday afternoon, once again in adverse weather conditions, Tech defeated Syracuse, 3-1. Candace Cephers got the scoring going early, with a tally off a corner kick by Jordan Coburn and was soon followed by Tiernan’s third ACC goal of the season, off a free kick from Coburn. Meier closed out the scoring midway through the second half.

Virginia Tech
Athlete of the Week

Murielle Tiernan
(Women’s Soccer • Junior • Forward • Ashburn, Virginia)
Tiernan scored in each of the Hokies’ matches this week. In the ACC road opener at NC State on Thursday night, Tiernan broke a 0-0 tie in the second half to lead Tech to the 3-0 win. On Sunday, she scored in the 24th minute, giving her nine goals for the season and 34 for her career. She has scored in all three ACC matches this season.

Pirates rally past Hokies

East Carolina spotted Virginia Tech 14 points in the first quarter, but scored the next 28 and never trailed again, knocking off the Hokies 35-28 on Saturday at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium in Greenville, North Carolina. ECU quarterback James Summers ran for 169 yards and two touchdowns, and he threw for 110 yards and a score. Tech had two chances to score and tie the game in the final five minutes, but couldn’t capitalize. Brenden Motley led the Hokies with 366 of their 439 yards of offense. He completed 20 of 35 passes for 281 yards, with a touchdown and an interception. He also rushed for 85 yards and a score. The Hokies begin conference play Saturday against Pittsburgh at Lane Stadium. Kickoff is slated for noon.

Student-Athlete Q&A

Morgan Conklin of the Tech women’s soccer team interviews Hokie football player Deon Clarke

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Volleyball garners first ACC win of 2015

The Hokies opened Atlantic Coast Conference play this weekend, serving host to North Carolina and NC State. Tech fought hard on Friday night against North Carolina; however, the Tarheels were victorious despite the Hokies’ win in set two. Tech bounced back on Sunday with a 3-1 win over NC State. The Hokies fell behind in the first set, but came back fighting in the second to outhit the Wolfpack .583-.074. Lindsey Owens and Amanda McKinzie downed double-digit kills in the win. Middle blockers Kennedy Bryan and Jaila Tolbert came out swinging as the former tallied four aces while the latter went 7-for-11 in kills. The Hokies return to Cassell, facing Pitt in a midweek ACC matchup at 7 p.m.

Doubles flight title highlights Hokie Invite

The Virginia Tech women’s tennis team claimed a doubles flight title and finished third in three singles flights over the weekend at the 2015 Hokie Fall Invite. Caroline Daxhelet and Sansitha Nandakumar paired up to win the Maroon Flight with a 6-1 decision over Penn State’s Samantha Tutelman and Taylor Shukow. Nandakumar also took third place in the Sacrifice Singles Flight, knocking off JMU’s Rebecca Harris, 2-6, 6-1, 10-3. Kelly Williford had a third-place finish, defeating Towson’s Lucy Williams 6-3, 7-5 in the Honor Flight while Katherine Butler defeated VCU’s Magda Aubet 7-5, 3-6, 10-4 to take third in the Leadership Flight.

Men’s soccer squad splits for the week

The Virginia Tech men's soccer team, which boasts an RPI of 46, split a pair of games last week, beating Delaware 4-1 on Tuesday night before falling to ACC foe Boston College 4-1 on Friday night. On Tuesday, the Hokies jumped out to an early 1-0 lead against Delaware thanks to a goal from Som Essome. Delaware tied things up shortly at 1-1, but after a red card against the Blue Hens, the Hokies took control of the game. Tech outscored Delaware 3-0 down the stretch with two goals from Alessandro Mion. The Hokie defense only allowed one shot the entire second half. Against the Eagles on Friday night, Tech outshot Boston College 15-10 for the game but was unable to finish its chances. Down 1-0, Ricardo John scored for the Hokies to even things up. Boston College got a couple goals off of set pieces and Tech was ultimately unable to overcome the deficit.

Freshman Yates top finisher in men’s golf opener

The Hokies opened the 2015-16 season with a ninth-place finish at the Janney VCU Shootout. The tournament was played for the first time at the Country Club of Virginia’s Tuckahoe Creek course. Logan Yates, a freshman from Ruckersville, Va., making his first collegiate appearance, led the Hokies. He shot a 3-over-par 219 and tied for 18th place. Drew Johnson, a junior from Oak Ridge, N.C., tied for 30th at 222 and Ryan Mondy, a junior from Blacksburg, tied for 41st at 224. This was the first of five tournaments the Hokies will play in the fall semester, before playing five tournaments in the second semester.

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Volleyball squad serves up fun for local Girl Scouts

Following the Hokies' 3-1 victory over NC State Sunday afternoon, the volleyball team hosted scores of local Girl Scouts for a fun clinic on Virginia Tech Carillon Court at Cassell Coliseum. The Tech players and coaches taught the young fans some volleyball skills and enjoyed their time together.