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Women’s soccer squad keeps ACC streak alive

Virginia Tech pushed its women’s soccer win streak to three matches with a 4-2 road victory at No. 22 Duke on Sunday afternoon. Playing in rainy conditions for the third consecutive match, the ninth-ranked Hokies took a 1-0 lead into intermission following the first career goal from Anissa Dadkhah. Tech added to the lead in the second half on goals by Laila Gray, Murielle Tiernan and Caroline Kerns, opening up a 4-0 lead. Duke tacked on two goals in the final eight minutes for the 4-2 final score. The Hokies have scored multiple goals in all but two matches this season and have won all six matches played away from Thompson Field this year. With the win, Tech moves to 11-1-1 overall and 3-1 in ACC play.

Tech falls to Pittsburgh in ACC opener

Pittsburgh rushed for 166 yards and held the Virginia Tech offense to just 100 total yards in beating the Hokies 17-13 at Lane Stadium on Saturday in the ACC opener for both teams. Tech cut a 17-10 lead to 17-13 on a 48-yard field goal by Joey Slye with 13:20 left, but the Hokies couldn’t get any closer. Quarterback Brenden Motley led the Hokies, completing 9 of 20 for 91 yards, with a touchdown and three interceptions. He threw an 11-yard touchdown pass to Cam Phillips early in the second quarter. Deon Clarke and Chuck Clark led the Hokies with nine tackles each and both had a sack. Tech takes on NC State at Lane Stadium/Worsham Field Friday at 8 p.m.

Curtin paces Tech cross country team at Princeton

Virginia Tech’s Thomas Curtin finished in second place at the Princeton Inter-regional Invitational held Saturday on the Tigers’ home course in Princeton, New Jersey. Curtin ran the 8K course in a time of 24 minutes, 5.6 seconds. Led by Curtin, the Tech men’s team finished in fourth place with 105 points. Stuart Robertson was the Hokies’ second-best finisher, coming in 12th in a time of 24:19.3. On the women’s side, Hanna Green led the Hokies, coming in 21st in a time of 21:37.6. Behind Green, Tech finished in seventh place in the team competition. The Hokies now take two weeks to prepare for the NCAA Pre-National Meet, which will be held in Louisville, Kentucky on Oct. 17.

Virginia Tech
Athlete of the Week

Thomas Curtin
(Men's Cross Country • r-senior • Leesburg, Va.)
Curtin finished second overall out of 110 runners at Saturday's Princeton Inter-Regional Invitational, running the 8K course in a time of 24:05.6. It tied for his best finish as a collegian as he also finished second at the 2013 ACC championships. Behind Curtin, the Tech men's team finished fourth in a field at Princeton that featured three nationally ranked squads and two other teams receiving votes.

Volleyball splits week two of conference matchups

The Hokies opened the second week of ACC volleyball play on Wednesday with a come-from-behind win over Pitt, 3-1. Tech opened down 1-6 in the fourth set of play but fought back to a 26-24 win. Lindsey Owens led the team with a season-high 20 kills, attacking at a .500 rate with a double-double. Amanda McKinzie downed 15, followed by middle blockers Ashley Battle, Kennedy Bryan and Jaila Tolbert each with seven. Tolbert posted eight of Tech’s 20 blocks. Tech clinched set one at Virginia but ultimately fell short in four sets on Saturday night. Bryan paced the team with nine kills at UVA. The Hokies travel to Syracuse and Boston College this weekend before returning home to face Clemson on Oct. 16.

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No. 5 Tigers give Hokies first road loss

The Virginia Tech men's soccer team lost on the road for the first time all season on Friday night to No. 5 Clemson, 2-0. The Tigers only held a 6-4 advantage in shots on goal against the Hokies but Tech wasn't able to put away their chances. A late first half goal in the 41st minute followed by an early second half goal in the 56th were enough. The Hokies look to bounce back as they host the West Virginia Mountaineers tonight at 7 p.m., before going on the road for two more games.

Men’s golf team finishes seventh at nearby Primland

The Hokies finished in seventh place on Tuesday at the rain-shortened Primland Collegiate Invitational at the Primland Resort in Meadows of Dan, Virginia. The event, originally scheduled for 54 holes over two days, was shortened to 36 holes due to torrential rains that hit the area. Maclain Huge led the Hokies, finishing in a tie for seventh place with a two-round total of two-under-par 142. He shot a 68 in the second round, the fourth-best score of the second round. Joey Lane finished in a tie for 23rd place, with a three-over-par 147 and Logan Yates and Drew Johnson tied for 34th place at 151. Tech returns to action at the Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate at Blackthorn Club in Johnson City, Tennessee, on Oct. 9-11.

Softball opens fall season with pair of wins

The Hokies competed in their first of eight fall games allowed by the NCAA. Despite many cancellations due to weather, Tech softball was relocated to Liberty on Sunday and got two games in. Tech secured wins over Liberty, 5-3, and Virginia, 11-5. The Hokies slugged four homeruns in the games. Caroline Schoenewald hit one in the first game, followed by Mikaela Aiken in the second. Freshman Emma Strouth went three-for-four, rocketing two homers against Virginia. The Hokies play again at home on Saturday in a doubleheader with West Virginia Wesleyan, followed by doubleheaders on Sunday and Tuesday against local foes, Richard Blanch and Radford.

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HighTechs soar to entertain soggy crowd at Lane Stadium

Despite blowing rain and a wet field, the HighTechs took to the field – and to the air – during an exciting performance during Tech’s game against Pittsburgh last Saturday. After a short week, Hokie Nation will gather at Lane Stadium under the lights this Friday night as Tech takes on NC State at 8 p.m.