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Hokies rally past Georgia Tech in Atlanta

Virginia Tech fell behind 14-0 in the first quarter, but the Hokies used strong defense and took advantage of a late Georgia Tech turnover to score the winning touchdown in a 23-21 victory over the Yellow Jackets on Thursday. Woody Baron forced a fumble from Georgia Tech’s Marcus Allen and Dadi Nicolas recovered at the Georgia Tech 18. That led to Travon McMillian scoring the winning touchdown on a 4-yard run with 6:58 remaining. McMillian led Virginia Tech’s offense with 135 yards and two touchdowns. The Hokies’ defense held Georgia Tech to just 258 yards and forced three turnovers. Virginia Tech moved to 5-5 overall, 3-3 in the ACC. The Hokies take on North Carolina this Saturday at noon in what will be head coach Frank Beamer’s final home game.

Hokies advance in NCAA Championship with 4-0 win over Cincinnati

Virginia Tech combined a stingy defense with a powerful offense in its 4-0 win over Cincinnati in the first round of the NCAA Women’s Soccer Championship Saturday evening at Thompson Field. Alani Johnson scored two goals and Murielle Tiernan and Candace Cephers added one goal each to lead the Hokies. Tiernan got the scoring going in the 25th minute of play, off a pass from Morgan Conklin. The Tech defense stifled the Bearcat attack, as the Hokies held UC to just three shots on the contest, none coming in the first half. Tech advances to the second round of the tournament to face Ohio State at 3 p.m., Friday at regional top seed Penn State. The winners from Friday’s contests will play on Sunday afternoon.

Student-Athlete Q&A

Maggie Tyler of the Tech softball team interviews women’s soccer star Ashley Meier

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Curtin wins NCAA Southeast Regional; Tech men receive NCAA bid

Redshirt senior Tommy Curtin cruised to a nearly four-second victory at the NCAA Southeast Regional cross country meet held last Friday at Panorama Farms outside of Charlottesville. The win marked the third straight for Curtin. He stayed with the lead pack the entire race before pulling away to win in a time of 29 minutes, 7.9 seconds. Behind Curtin, the Tech men’s squad finished sixth. The women’s team, led by Shannon Morton’s 41st-place finish, also came in sixth. The Tech men’s squad was one of 13 teams to receive an at-large bid to the NCAA championships and will be one of 31 teams competing in Louisville Saturday. It will mark the sixth appearance in the program’s history and just the second in the past 28 years.

Hokies win a pair to open 2015-2016 basketball season

The Hokies opened the 2015-16 season with a 2-0 start after picking up wins over Presbyterian and George Mason. Junior Vanessa Panousis led the way, averaging 17 points over the two game span. She dropped in six three pointers against the Patriots to tie the Cassell Coliseum record en route to helping the Hokies to a new team single-game record of 14 treys. Senior Hannah Young also had a strong weekend for Tech, averaging 11.5 points and 4.5 rebounds. Freshman Chanette Hicks got her collegiate career off to a solid start with 8.5 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 4.5 apg and 3.0 spg. Hicks grabbed five steals in the contest against Mason, becoming the first Tech player to have five or more steals in a game since 2011.

Newcomers make some noise as Hokies fall in opener

The Hokies opened the 2015-16 season on Saturday night falling to Alabama State, 85-82, on Virginia Tech Carilion Court at Cassell Coliseum. The story of the night was the play of transfers Zach LeDay and Seth Allen. Both sat out last season due to NCAA transfer rules and made a splash in their Hokie debuts. LeDay recorded a double-double with 26 points and 15 rebounds, while Allen added 13 points and four assists. Freshman Chris Clarke scored 10 points in his collegiate debut. Tech played without returning point guard Devin Wilson, out with a groin injury, and Ahmed Hill, who had off-season knee surgery. The game was the first of a four-game home stand. Tech hosts Jacksonville State on Wednesday night and VMI on Saturday night at 7 p.m.

Record crowd sees sixth-ranked Hokies fall to No. 2 Penn State


Virginia Tech got off to a good start before falling to second-ranked Penn State, 21-15, on Virginia Tech Carilion Court at Cassell Coliseum Sunday. Three Hokies picked up wins, plus redshirt junior Ty Walz, who earned the first ACC Wrestler of the Week honors last week, earned six team points on a forfeit. Junior Joey Dance opened the afternoon at 125 with a double-overtime 4-3 victory over his second-ranked opponent. At 141 pounds, redshirt freshman Solomon Chishko shocked the wrestling world by beating second-ranked Jimmy Gulibon. Tied 1-1 in the final 30 seconds of the third period, Chishko fought off a takedown and scored one of his own with eight seconds remaining for the 3-1 win. True freshman David McFadden battled from behind to earn a 10-8 victory in sudden death overtime after three third-period takedowns.

Virginia Tech
Athlete of the Week

Solomon Chishko
(Wrestling • 141 • Sophomore • Jeanette, Pa.)
Chishko is 2-0 in his Virginia Tech rookie season and stunned the wrestling world on Sunday, taking down No. 2-ranked Jimmy Gulibon of Penn State. Chishko, an unranked wrestler, held off multiple attempts from his opponent and scored the go-ahead takedown with less than ten seconds remaining in the third period.

Monteiro advances to semifinals of prestigious national event

Senior Joao Monteiro advanced to the semifinals of the 2015 USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships over the weekend, knocking off several ranked opponents en route to the final four. He started the week off with a win over No. 33 Diego Hidalgo of Florida, 7-6(6), 6-3. He followed that up with a pair of big wins the next day, first defeating 10th-ranked newcomer Hugo di Feo of Ohio State, 6-2, 7-5. Monteiro went on to down UVA’s 8th-ranked and tournament top-seed Thai Kwiatkowski 6-1, 7-6(4) in the quarterfinal round. In the semis, Tulane’s 10th-ranked Dominik Koepfer held off Monteiro to win 6-4, 6-4. Monteiro’s deep run in the national event is the furthest round a Hokie has reached in program history.

Tolbert, McGrath set new career highs in North Carolina

The Hokies concluded their two-week road trip over the weekend in North Carolina, facing NC State and No. 25 UNC. Despite the loss, Jaila Tolbert quickly set a new career high on Friday night, swatting 13 kills – six coming in the opening set. Redshirt freshman Briana Lanktree made her first collegiate start against the Wolfpack. Libero Kenedy McGrath is a mere 30 digs away from surpassing the 1,000-mark after a 25-dig showing this weekend. Tech returns to Virginia Tech Carilion Court at Cassell Coliseum looking to rebound on Friday at 8 p.m., to take on Syracuse for the second time this season. The Hokies conclude the weekend against Boston College Sunday at 1 p.m.

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Taking Care of Business

Andrew Motuapuaka takes down a ballcarrier as the defense got tough and the Hokies rallied for a victory over Georgia Tech in Atlanta in Virginia Tech’s first game after Coach Frank Beamer announced he will retire at the end of the season. The linebacker and his teammates will face a bigger test this weekend as the 12th-ranked Tar Heels come to town Saturday for Coach Beamer’s final home game in Lane Stadium, slated for a noon kickoff on ESPN.