TUESDAY, DEC. 1
Cassell Coliseum • 7 p.m. • ESPNU
TUESDAY, DEC. 1
Cassell Coliseum • 7 p.m. • ESPNU
at Penn State
THURSDAY, DEC. 3
State College, Pa.
FRIDAY, DEC. 4
THRU SATURDAY, DEC. 5
Las Vegas, Nev.
SUNDAY, DEC. 6
On Nov. 29, Virginia Tech announced the hiring of Justin Fuente as the school’s head football coach. He will take over for retiring head coach Frank Beamer. Fuente, 39, comes to Tech after serving as the head coach at Memphis for the past four seasons. Last season, he guided Memphis to its first conference title since 1971 and a win in the Miami Beach Bowl, and the Tigers are 9-3 so far this season. Fuente, a 1999 graduate of Murray State, spent five seasons as an assistant at TCU under Gary Patterson, including three seasons as the co-offensive coordinator. Prior to TCU, he worked at Illinois State from 2001-06. Beamer and the current staff will coach the Hokies in their bowl game. Fuente will recruit now and then assume leadership of the program following the bowl.
Joey Slye hit a field goal with 1:38 remaining, and safety Chuck Clark sealed the game with an interception in the final minute to lift the Hokies past in-state rival Virginia 23-20 in the Commonwealth Clash Saturday. The game marked Tech’s 12th straight win over the Cavaliers, as the Hokies retained the Commonwealth Cup. Tech also notched its sixth win, becoming bowl eligible for the 23rd consecutive season. The Hokies (6-6, 4-4 ACC) trailed by seven twice in the second half, but rallied both times. They tied the game on a 27-yard touchdown pass from Michael Brewer to Isaiah Ford with 8:40 left, then, after a defensive stop, took a 23-20 lead on Slye’s field goal. Virginia529, the official college savings plan of Virginia Tech Athletics, presented this game. With the victory, the Hokies have added a point for their school to the Virginia529 Commonwealth Clash. The score for the Clash is now UVA 3.5 and Tech 1.5 Learn more about Virginia529 and this competition at www.thecommonwealthclash.com.
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Slye made three field goals of 40+ yards in the Commonwealth Clash game, including the 41-yard game winner in Virginia Tech’s 23-20 win over Virginia in Charlottesville. It was Hokies’ 12th consecutive victory over the Wahoos.
Senior Taijah Campbell recorded a double-double for the Hokies with 10 points and 10 rebounds in a 73-42 win over Wofford. Sidney Cook led Tech in scoring, tallying 14 points while also grabbing nine boards. Rachel Camp notched 10 points, five rebounds and four assists while Chanette Hicks tallied 10 points, three assists and six steals. Hicks’ six steals mark the most by a Tech player in a game since the 2011 season. Tech led by just nine (28-19) at the break, but outscored the Terriers 16-8 in the third quarter to take a 44-27 lead. In the fourth, the Hokies used a 15-0 run highlighted by eight points from Cook to go on top by 31 with 6:20 remaining, putting the game out of reach for the Terriers.
Tech defeated North Carolina A&T, 90-60, last Tuesday night on Virginia Tech Carilion Court at Cassell Coliseum to tip off a busy week. Zach LeDay recorded his third double-double with 26 points and 12 rebounds in that game. On Friday night, in the semifinal of the Emerald Coast Classic in Destin, Florida, the Hokies fell to No. 4 Iowa State, 99-77. LeDay led four Hokies in double figures with 19 points and eight rebounds. In the tournament’s consolation game Saturday, Tech defeated UAB, 82-77 in overtime. Seth Allen came off the bench to lead all scorers with 23 points. LeDay recorded his fourth double-double in six games with 15 points and 10 rebounds and Chris Clarke had 10 points and a career-high 16 rebounds. LeDay was named to the all-tournament team.
The Hokies concluded the season with two five-set thrillers last week, winning at Pitt on Wednesday before defeating in-state rival Virginia at home for Senior Day on Saturday. Middle blocker Ashley Battle set a new career record of 13 blocks in a single match on Wednesday followed by seven additional against UVA. Jaila Tolbert posted 15 blocks through the weekend. Lindsey Owens and Amanda McKinzie registered double-digit kills in both matches. Kennedy Bryan and Kenedy McGrath were honored prior to Saturday’s matchup as four-year letterwinners on Senior Day. Additionally, both Owens and Tolbert were named all-conference, to the all-ACC second team and all-freshman team, respectively.
Retiring football coach Frank Beamer and his wife Cheryl spent a little time getting to know Jenny Fuente and rest of the family of new football coach Justin Fuente after his press conference Monday in the Virginia Tech football player lounge. Athletics Director Whit Babcock and all of Hokie Nation are excited about this transition during which Coach Beamer will be preparing his squad for the Hokies’ 23rd-consecutive bowl game, and Coach Fuente will hit the ground recruiting to build for the future.