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Special group earns women’s soccer win on Senior Day


The Hokies wrapped up the home portion of the regular season this past week with a pair of tough ACC home matches. On Thursday night, the seventh-ranked Hokies battled top-ranked Florida State to a 0-0 draw at Thompson Field. Kaylyn Smith recorded six saves, as Jordan Coburn, Sydney Curtis and the tough Hokie defense shutout the Seminoles. On Sunday afternoon, the Hokies recognized their five seniors on Senior Day. The day was a big success, as Tech defeated Pittsburgh, 4-2. Laila Gray scored Tech’s first two goals and assisted on the fourth goal in the victory. Murielle Tiernan and Alani Johnson also netted goals for the Hokies. Tech finishes the regular season on Friday night at nationally ranked Notre Dame.

Duke knocks off Tech in four overtimes

Virginia Tech’s Travon McMillian set a career high with 142 rushing yards, but it wasn’t enough, as the No. 23 Duke Blue Devils outlasted the Hokies 45-43 in a four-overtime game played at Lane Stadium/Worsham Field this past Saturday. Duke quarterback Thomas Sirk threw a 25-yard touchdown pass to Erich Schneider in the fourth overtime and then ran in the two-point conversion to give the Blue Devils (6-1 overall, 3-0 ACC) the win in the first four-overtime game in ACC history. Michael Brewer completed 24 of 45 passes for 270 yards, with three touchdowns for the Hokies. He threw touchdown passes of 16, 23 and 11 yards to Bucky Hodges, who finished with five catches for 101 yards. Tech (3-5 overall, 1-3 ACC) continues ACC play Saturday when it travels to Chestnut Hill, Mass., to take on Boston College. Kickoff is slated for 12:30 p.m.

Hokies’ Tip-Off Banquet gets things going for men’s basketball


The Hokies hosted the National Bank of Blacksburg Men’s Basketball Tip-Off Banquet on Friday night, Oct. 23, at the Hahn Hurst Basketball Practice Facility on the Virginia Tech campus. More than 360 attendees were treated to outstanding food and conversation, as the Hokies begin in earnest the 2015-16 season. Guest speaker Will Johnston and keynote speaker Buzz Williams captivated and entertained the audience. The program also featured a number of video presentations and fun live and silent auctions. Virginia Tech opens the 2015-16 regular season on Saturday, Nov. 14 at 7 p.m., as the Hokies host Alabama State on Virginia Tech Carilion Court at Cassell Coliseum. To purchase tickets, please call or visit the Athletics Ticket Office at 1-800-VATECH4 or go online to Hokietickets.com.

Virginia Tech
Athlete of the Week

Joao Monteiro
(Men's Tennis • senior • Porto, Portugal)
Joao Monteiro claimed the ITA Atlantic Region Singles title last week, advancing to the Indoor National Championships in November. Monteiro defeated the competition in all six rounds without giving up a single set to an opponent. In the final rounds of the event, Monteiro knocked off ODU’s Michael Weindl 6-2, 6-1 in the quarterfinals before rolling past Penn State’s Aws Laaribi 6-0, 6-1 in the semifinals. In the finals, Monteiro downed ODU’s Adam Moundir 6-3, 7-6(5) to take the title.

Hokies battle through ACC road trip

Virginia Tech volleyball returns to Blacksburg after a 3-1 win Friday at Wake Forest and falling short in four sets Sunday at Duke. Lindsey Owens and Amanda McKinzie recorded double-doubles in both matchups. Both Owens and Katie Krueger set career highs in Sunday’s matchup: Owens with 24 digs and Krueger with 13 kills. Additionally, Owens is a single kill away from reaching the 1,000-kill milestone during her Tech career. Ashley Battle posted 10 blocks for the Hokies, including three consecutive blocks in the third set against Duke. The well-balanced Tech squad takes to Virginia Tech Carilion Court Friday at 7 p.m., against Miami for their Hokies for Hokies match in a haunted Cassell Coliseum. The Hokies conclude the weekend Sunday against No. 15 Florida State at 1 p.m.

Senior transition seminar beneficial for Tech student-athletes

The Tech athletics department held its Senior Transition Seminar on Oct. 19, bringing in five guests to address an array of topics and answer questions from more than 100 student-athletes who gathered at the McConnell Auditorium in the Merryman Center. The purpose of the event was to provide insight to student-athletes getting ready to transition into the professional world. The panel consisted of former Tech student-athletes Wayne Robinson, who serves as the senior pastor at New Millenium Christian Center in Greensboro, N.C., and Jazmine Reeves, a university recruiter for Amazon. It also consisted of Tori Fitzpatrick and Sean Hubbard, two representatives from Kohl’s, a national department store chain. Carl Ehrlich, a former Harvard football player who founded his own company, rounded out the panel. The 90-minute seminar served to remind student-athletes to start planning early. It also reminded them to form a plan and reinforced the importance of personal relationships with academic advisors and networking. In addition, it stressed to them the importance of internships and educating themselves on companies of interest.

Hokies post fine finish at Cardinal Cup

A strong final round at the Cardinal Cup last weekend pushed the surging Hokies to a fifth-place finish, their best mark so far on the season. Utilizing a squad made up of entirely freshmen and redshirt freshmen for the second time in 2015, the group is responsible for both the top-10 finishes so far this fall. Freshman Elizabeth Bose was the team’s low man for the third straight tournament, earning her third consecutive top-15 finish, finishing five-over and in a tie for ninth place. The inaugural squad debuted at 65 in the first GolfStat rankings of the year, with Bose earning a place in the top-100 at 75. The Hokies are currently in Kiawah Island, S.C., taking on the field at the Palmetto Intercollegiate to wrap up the fall portion of the program’s first season.

Ace highlights the weekend for men’s golf team

Virginia Tech returned to the course this past weekend at the Bridgestone Golf Collegiate, hosted by UNC Greensboro and played at the Grandover Resort. Tech finished seventh in the event and Joey Lane continued his strong play, as he finished tied for eighth overall. Lane had a big moment in Sunday’s second round, as he recorded his first-ever hole-in-one, on the 125-yard, par 3 12th hole. Freshman Logan Yates tied for 20th, shooting a 69 in the final round, tied for the best round of Monday. Yates posted an eagle in the second round on Sunday. Ryan Mondy played the tournament as an individual and posted his best-ever finish, tying for 16th place at even-par 216.

Shorthanded Hokies battle it out with Charlotte and UVA


The Virginia Tech men's soccer team had to battle against injuries last week as it played Charlotte and Virginia. Against No. 21 UVA, senior Daniel Lauretano and the Hokies controlled possession and were able to outshoot the Cavaliers by a 13-6 margin on the night. Unfortunately, an early goal would allow UVA to win 1-0. At Charlotte last Tuesday, the Hokies had to manage with 10 men after a red card and a penalty kick was given in the 33rd minute. Tech unfortunately couldn't overcome playing down a man as it fell to the 49ers.

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.

Tech wrestling set for upcoming 2015-2016 season

Three All-Americans from last season return to the Virginia Tech wrestling squad’s lineup, as the Hokies gear up for what they hope will be a third straight top-10 finish at the NCAA championships. Zach Epperly, Nick Brascetta and Ty Walz earned All-America honors last season and anchor a lineup that returns seven of the eight NCAA qualifiers from 2014-15. Three highly touted freshmen, including two who took redshirt years last season, also are working their way in possible lineup spots. Tech will host a scrimmage this Thursday at Northside High School in Roanoke, then the Hokies begin dual-meet action on Nov. 7 against Iowa State on Virginia Tech Carillion Court at Cassell Coliseum.

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Maggie Tyler of the Tech softball team interviews wrestler Ty Walz

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Softball squad’s Hit-A-Thon a hit for the Hokies and fans


The Virginia Tech softball team put on a successful second annual Hit-A-Thon Friday afternoon at Tech Softball Park. Topping the slew of celebrity hitters was David Jackson, senior director of athletic performance for basketball programs, slugging five balls out of the park. Jackson was among many other celebrity hitters, including director of athletics Whit Babcock, executive associate A.D. Desiree Reed-Francois, assistant A.D. Kevin Jones, annual giving officer Scott Hughes, assistant women’s basketball coach Britney Anderson, and many others. The fundraiser brought in approximately $5,000 for the Tech softball fund. Following the Hit-A-Thon, a Trunk-or-Treat event took place in the outfield for kids in attendance. This year’s noteworthy costumes include Pacman & Co., pizza, a hotdog, Batman, and rock, paper, & scissors.

Halloween game and Shave for the Brave to wrap up fall season

The baseball team wrapped up its fall season with a three-game world series won by the Orange team in decisive fashion on Sunday. Senior Andrew Mogg and freshman Stephen Polansky led the charge in the final game, combining for seven hits, which included three home runs and 10 RBIs. Mogg hit a grand slam and a three-run bomb, while Polansky added a triple to his solo shot, part of his 5-for-5 effort. Mogg was tabbed the fall ball MVP for his efforts. Although the competitive season is over, the Hokies will be back at English Field this Thursday evening for their annual Halloween game and Shave for the Brave events, which start at 5 p.m. Click Here for more info.

Homecoming tradition on full display


The Homecoming Parade in downtown Blacksburg is a tradition at Virginia Tech that brings Hokie Nation together each year to celebrate our university on a fall football weekend. The parade puts the Corps of Cadets, the Highty-Tighties, the Marching Virginians, Tech Spirit groups and many other student organizations on display and leads to the announcement of the Homecoming King and Queen during halftime on the field at Lane Stadium.