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Hokies beat fourth-ranked ‘Hoos

In a clash of in-state rivals, Zach LeDay scored 22 points and Justin Bibbs added 16 in a 70-68 upset of No. 4-ranked Virginia in an ACC game Monday night on Virginia Tech Carilion Court at Cassell Coliseum. In the Hokies’ first victory over a ranked opponent since 2011, four players finished in double-digit scoring. Tech is 2-0 in league play for just the second time since starting ACC play in the 2004-05 season and the first time since 2006-07. The Hokies beat North Carolina State 73-68 in overtime on Saturday to open league play, marking the third time Tech has been victorious in the opener since joining the ACC. The Hokies head to Duke for their first ACC road game of the season on Saturday.

Women’s basketball wins ACC opener to get to 13-1

The Hokies opened the ACC slate with a decisive 58-33 win over Boston College, tying the mark for the fewest points allowed in a league game. After the first quarter of play, the Hokies trailed the Eagles by two, but Tech went on a 13-0 run midway through the second frame to go on top by nine. Tech led BC 33-25 at the break. The Hokies’ defense dominated in the second half, holding Boston College to just eight points in the final 20 minutes as Tech picked up the win to open league play on Virginia Tech Carilion Court at Cassell Coliseum. Hannah Young dropped in 13 points while Chanette Hicks tallied 11 points, four assists and three steals. Vanessa Panousis notched 10 points and five assists. Tech also defeated Furman 59-30 during the week. Young also led in that game with 12 points, connecting on 4-of-4 from outside the arc. Hicks added 10 points, four assists and four steals versus the Paladins.

Virginia Tech
Athlete of the Week

Hannah Young
(Women’s Basketball • Senior • New Castle, Australia)
Young shot 70 percent from outside the arc to lead the Hokies to a pair of wins on the week. Tech rolled past Furman 59-30 to open the week. In the game, Young went a perfect 4-of-4 from long range. In the conference opener versus Boston College, the Hokies won 58-33 in a balanced offensive attack behind Young’s 13 points. Young shot 55.6 percent from the field including a 3-of-6 clip from 3-point range. In addition Young recorded four steals in the win over the Eagles. Young sparked two runs in the game versus BC beginning with a 3-pointer to in the second quarter leading to a 13-0 run as the Hokies took the lead. She also had one in the third quarter that started a 9-0 run as the Hokies went up 20+.

Hokies send Beamer out victorious with Independence Bowl win

Virginia Tech made the final game for its head coach a memorable one, beating Tulsa 55-52 in the Independence Bowl played Dec. 26 in Shreveport, Louisiana. The Hokies, who recorded their 23rd consecutive winning season, set a school record for points in a bowl game and total offense (598) in a bowl game, among the many records set in what turned out to be the highest-scoring Independence Bowl in history. Wide receiver Isaiah Ford set individual school records for receptions in a bowl game (12) and receiving yards in a bowl game (227). Luther Maddy and Dadi Nicolas recorded sacks on Tulsa’s final possession to preserve the win. Quarterback Michael Brewer threw for 344 yards and a touchdown, and Travon McMillian rushed for two touchdowns. Beamer finished his career with 280 coaching victories, including 238 at Tech. The win also marked the 11th bowl win for Beamer, who won three of his final four bowl games.

Fifth-ranked wrestling team opens 2016 with a win

Virginia Tech dismantled in-state foe George Mason 32-11 Sunday in Fairfax, to begin the year with a victory. In their first action in a month, the Hokies trotted out a markedly different lineup. Redshirt junior Joey Dance opened with a technical fall win at 125 pounds and redshirt freshman Solomon Chishko earned a 10-2 major decision for the only Tech victories of the first half. The Hokies dominated the second half, winning five straight events, including bonus victories from Zach Epperly (174 pounds, fall), Zack Zavatsky (184 pounds, tech fall), Jared Haught (197 pounds, tech fall), as well as wins from 165 pounder David McFadden and heavyweight Ty Walz. Tech holds a 4-1 dual-meet record heading into this weekend’s Virginia Duals in Hampton.

Coach Frank Beamer’s career ends on a high note

Legendary football coach Frank Beamer enjoyed the final bowl trip of his career, including getting to entertain his grandchildren and others at the team hotel after he was presented a trombone by Dave McKee and the Marching Virginians to commemorate his great accomplishments and leadership. The Hall of Fame coach (and high school trombone player) led the Hokies to a win over Tulsa in the 2015 Independence Bowl to cap a streak of 23 consecutive bowl appearances and winning seasons. Hokie Nation says “Thanks Frank” and now wishes Coach Beamer and his wife Cheryl all the best as they march into retirement.