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Hokies notch first ACC win of 2015

Virginia Tech’s Brenden Motley threw three touchdown passes to Isaiah Ford, and the Hokies registered their first ACC win of the season, beating NC State 28-13 at Lane Stadium on Oct. 9. The Hokies’ defense gave up just 270 yards, including only 125 in the final three quarters, as Tech (3-3, 1-1 ACC) beat the Wolfpack (4-2, 0-2 ACC) for the fourth straight time. Tech rallied from a 10-0 first-half deficit, scoring 21 second-quarter points – all on touchdown passes from Motley to Ford. Motley threw for 158 yards, and Travon McMillian rushed for a career-high 96 yards and a touchdown as part of a night when the Hokies amassed 358 yards of offense. The Hokies will try to continue their winning ways on Saturday at Miami. Kickoff is slated for 3:30 p.m.

Virginia Tech
Athlete of the Week

Isaiah Ford
(Football • sophomore • Jacksonville, Fla.)
Ford caught four passes for 39 yards, which included three touchdown grabs, all in the second quarter. He became the first player under Coach Beamer to score three times in one quarter by pass reception, though the third to score three TDs in one quarter under Beamer. (On Oct. 12, 2000 versus West Virginia, André Davis scored a rushing TD, a receiving TD and a punt return in the third quarter and that was followed a month later by Lee Suggs at UCF, who scored three rushing TDs in the first quarter). With his first touchdown catch, Ford reached the 10-TD plateau faster (by games under Beamer) than any other Tech receiver. André Davis reached that mark in 1999 in his 20th game. Lastly, Ford extended his game-catching streak to 19 straight games – every contest of his Tech career – and has actually caught at least two passes in each of those games.

Men’s tennis team has strong showing against championship field

The Hokies had a strong showing at the 2015 All-American Championships with four players making the main draw. Joao Monteiro, Edoardo Tessaro, Andreas Bjerrehus and Amerigo Contini made history for the Hokies by getting four into the main draw for the first time. In addition, Tech had the most players in the field out of any other school. Tessaro and Monteiro won three matches each in the qualifying rounds to move into the main draw while Bjerrehus and Contini received automatic bids. Monteiro and Bjerrehus also paired up in doubles, advancing to the consolation draw finals. The pair knocked off third-ranked and last season’s NCAA runners-up Felipe Soares and Hugo Dojas of Texas Tech en route to the finals. In the semifinals the pair rolled past Louisville’s 35th-ranked duo before falling to Oklahoma State’s 14th-ranked pair in the finals.

Student-Athlete Q&A

Ashley Battle of the Tech volleyball team interviews Hokie tennis player Joao Monteiro

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Men’s soccer squad shuts out WVU, ties Pitt

The men's soccer team went unbeaten last week, posting two straight shutouts over 200 minutes of action. Sophomore goalkeeper Ben Lundgaard made 15 saves over the two games including a career-high nine saves at Pittsburgh Friday night in a 0-0 double overtime draw. The draw meant that the Hokies remained unbeaten against Pittsburgh all-time with two wins and four ties, and moved up to fourth place in the Coastal Division standings. Against West Virginia Tuesday, Tech got goals from Som Essome and Reece Alexander in a 2-0 victory over the Mountaineers. Daniel Lauretano and Merlin Baus each tallied an assist. For Baus, it was his team-high fifth assist on the year as he leads the squad in goals, assists and points.

Women’s soccer wraps up road streak splitting ACC games

The ninth-ranked Hokies split a pair of ACC matches this week to end a three-match road swing. On Thursday, Tech traveled to Wake Forest and defeated the Demon Deacons, 3-1. Laila Gray got the Hokies on the board less than seven minutes into the contest and Murielle Tiernan scored a pair of goals in the win. On Sunday, the Hokies dropped a heartbreaking, 3-2 match at No. 7 Clemson in a battle of top 10 teams. Alani Johnson scored the Hokies’ first goal in the first half and Candace Cephers knotted the score at 2-2 in the 75th minute, but Clemson scored what proved to be the game-winner with less than 12 minutes remaining.

Kennedy Bryan leads the Hokies through ACC road trip

Senior Kennedy Bryan dominated the ball this weekend in the Hokies’ sweep at Boston College before Tech fell short in five sets at Syracuse. Lindsey Owens posted 14 kills on Friday night followed by Bryan’s and Amanda McKinzie’s 10 apiece to lift the squad to a .404 attack percentage. Bryan maintained her hitting percentage on Sunday with 15 kills, attacking at a .419 clip to average .458 for the weekend. Again, Owens added 18 kills but the Hokies could not close out with the win after fighting back from a set one loss. Tech returns to Virginia Tech Carilion Court at Cassell Coliseum Friday, facing Clemson at 7 p.m., followed by Georgia Tech Sunday at 3:30 p.m., for Breast Cancer Awareness.

Young women’s golf team competes at the Windy City

The Hokies wrapped up their second fall event of 2015 at the Windy City Classic, taking home a 15th-place finish. Freshman Elizabeth Bose and redshirt freshman Amanda Hollandsworth continue to lead Tech on the course, where Bose earned her second-consecutive top-15 finish with a final score of two-under, landing in a tie for 14th. Hollandsworth had the team’s low round on the final day of play, shooting one-under par, and led the team with 11 birdies over the tournament and added one of just four eagles across the field. The team is back in action on Monday, Oct. 19, when the Hokies will head to Louisville, Kentucky, for the Cardinal Cup.

Hokie women earn wins at All American Championships

Virginia Tech was represented by Francesca Fusinato and Illinca Stoica in the qualifying rounds of the women’s tournament in Pacific Palisades, Calif. Both players picked up wins in the opening round. Fusinato defeated Georgia State’s Lynn Kiro 6-0, 7-5 while Stoica downed New Mexico’s Emily Olivier 6-0, 7-6(3). In the second round, Stoica lost to Boston College’s 90th-ranked Lexi Borr, 6-2, 6-3. Fusinato went toe-to-toe with Florida’s 32nd ranked Belinda Woolcook, forcing the match to three sets before falling 3-6, 6-4, 4-6.

Lane has memorable outing for men’s golf team

Junior Joey Lane recorded his first top 5 finish and his best-ever overall result, as he finished tied for fourth place at the Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate at Blackthorn Club, hosted by East Tennessee State in Jonesborough, Tennessee on Sunday. Lane posted rounds of 69-69-73 for a 5-under 211. It is also the best finish for a Hokie this season. He had 12 birdies in the three rounds and just five holes over par. Tech got off to a strong start, but finished 11th as a team in Tennessee. Drew Johnson tied for 36th place for Tech.

Softball continues fall ball at home

The Hokies took the field four times this weekend with doubleheaders against West Virginia Wesleyan and Richard Bland. Freshmen Lauren Duff, Kinsey Johnson, Olivia Lattin, and Emma Strouth combined for five homeruns and a grand slam. Johnson batted in four of the Hokies’ 22 runs on Sunday afternoon with her grand slam. Before pitching a complete game shutout, Olivia Lattin launched a homerun. Duff slugged two homers for the Hokies. Tech concludes fall play on Wednesday against Radford for a 5 p.m., doubleheader. The second annual Hit-A-Thon takes place on Oct. 23 at 5 p.m., at Tech Softball Park.

H2Okies get the year started with Intra-Quad meet

The H2Okies put their early training to the test Saturday at the Christiansburg Aquatic Center with an Intra-Quad Meet, at which they competed amongst themselves. The swimming and diving teams are looking to build off a 2014-15 season in which they sent 26 qualifiers to the NCAA championships. In conference, Virginia Tech was the only school to have its men's and women's teams each place in the top three at the ACC championships. The H2Okies, returning a lot of talent from last year's team and adding a great freshman class, begin their season Friday afternoon at Penn State.

Virginia Tech Athletics presents its weekly video wrap-up of Tech sports, with host Andrew Allegretta filling you in on what you need to know to keep up with the Hokies.

The HokieBird and Corps celebrate Lane Stadium victory

In the final minutes of Virginia Tech’s 28-13 win over NC State at Lane Stadium Friday night, the HokieBird crowd-surfed its way up through the Corps of Cadets section in the South End Zone. Despite a storm that delayed opening the stadium and altered pre-game festivities, Hokie Nation showed up in force to create a great – albeit soggy – college football atmosphere.