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Hokies dominate two rivals in wrestling

The 10th-ranked Hokies went 2-0 last weekend, recording victories over West Virginia and 18th-ranked Virginia. Tech opened the weekend with a 32-3 domination of the Mountaineers on Friday, in a top-to-bottom victory that included wins in nine of 10 weight classes. Joey Dance opened the night with a 9-5 decision over his ranked opponent and seniors Nick Brascetta, Austin Gabel and Dan Garwood all recorded wins on Senior Night. The Hokies hit the road, facing the Wahoos in the latest battle of the Commonwealth Clash. Eight members of the Tech squad came away victorious, including a pinfall from Sal Mastriani at 149 pounds. Tech is on the road this weekend, taking on 16th-ranked Pitt and Edinboro.

Fusi knocks off the No. 1 player in the nation!

Junior Francesca Fusinato opened the week by beating the nation’s top-ranked player Joana Eidukonyte 7-5, 6-2 in the No. 1 versus Clemson. Fusinato continued her winning ways and picked up four more Ws on the week between singles and doubles, helping the Hokies to a 2-1 record. The Hokies were edged by 20th-ranked Clemson 4-3, but Elena Cerezo-Codina and Caroline Daxhelet also picked up points for Tech in the hard-fought match. Fusinato downed Ana Abadias of Richmond 6-1, 6-1 and UMBC’s Maria Siopacha 6-3, 6-4. She had doubles wins in the No. 1 versus Clemson and in the No. 2 against UMBC as the Hokies swept the Retrievers. Tech also shut out the Spiders to complete the Sunday sweep.

Virginia Tech
Athlete of the Week

Francesca Fusinato
(Women’s Tennis • Junior • Feltre, Belluno, Italy)
Fusinato picked up a monumental win this week, knocking off the nation’s top-ranked player, Clemson’s Joana Eidukonyte, in straight-sets with scores of 7-5, 6-2. It marked the first time a Tech player has defeated a top-ranked opponent. Fusinato also helped the Hokies to a pair of sweeps on Sunday as she rolled past Richmond’s Ana Abadias, 6-1, 6-1 and UMBC’s Maria Siopacha 6-3, 6-4.

Hokies sweep Broncos in home opener

The 18th-ranked men’s tennis team swept No. 58 Boise State in the Hokies’ home opener. Virginia Tech took the early 1-0 lead after claiming the No. 2 and No. 3 doubles. In singles, the Hokies won five matches in straight sets. Tech’s 14th-ranked Joao Monteiro defeated Toby Mitchell 6-4, 6-0 on court one, while Amerigo Contini downed Brian Foley 6-2, 7-6(4) in the No. 2. Andreas Bjerrehus had the 7-5, 6-4 win over Kyle Butters at three and 46th-ranked Edoardo Tessaro knocked off Abe Hewko 6-4, 6-1 in the four. Jai Corbett won on court five with a 6-3, 6-1 decision over Lewis Roskilly. Mitch Harper battled Pedro Platzeck at six, rallying after the second set to win it 6-4, 1-6, 6-3.

Panousis tops the 1,000-point milestone

With a 3-pointer in the third quarter against No. 11 Florida State, Vanessa Panousis became the 24th player in Virginia Tech women’s basketball history to reach the 1,000-point milestone and just the ninth player to do so as a junior. In addition, Chanette Hicks set a new freshman class steals record after picking up five against the Seminoles. She broke the old record of 57 set by Ieva Kublina (2000-01) and Sonya Dalton (1979-80). Congratulations Vanessa & Chanette!

Several Hokies shine in pair of tough ACC loses

Virginia Tech dropped a pair of tough conference games this week, but several Hokies played well. In the loss to Louisville, four Hokies scored in double-figures, including three that broke the 20-point mark — Jalen Hudson (27 points), Seth Allen (26 points) and Zach LeDay (20 points). Justin Bibbs contributed 10 points. Tech made 33-of-38 free throws in the game, for 86.8 percent from the line. In Sunday’s loss at Pittsburgh, Allen topped his Louisville performance with 28 points, the most he’s scored in a single game at Virginia Tech. He also had six rebounds and three assists in the contest. Hudson added 13 points and Bibbs and LeDay scored 12 points each for the Hokies. Tech was 11-of-21 from beyond the three-point arc, good for 52.4 percent.

Torben Laidig sets new Tech and ACC pole vault record

After recording two new personal bests, pole vaulter Torben Laidig reset the Virginia Tech track & field program record on Friday night at the Penn State National Invitational. The sophomore shattered his previous mark, reaching a new height of 5.56 meters (18-2.75), setting a new program and ACC record. Nora McKiver led the sprinters with another strong performance in the 60-meter hurdles, placing second overall and first of the collegians in a personal best time of 8.45. Tech’s distance runners took the distance medley relay title to wrap up the weekend in 9:43.06 and 11:33.13 for the men’s and women’s teams, respectively. The Hokies return to action Thursday through Sunday at Rector Field House in the Virginia Tech “Doc Hale” Elite Meet.

Toregas to highlight Baseball Night in Blacksburg which takes place Saturday

Virginia Tech Baseball’s annual event is this Saturday, Feb. 6, at 6 p.m., in Lane Stadium with Wyatt Toregas as the featured speaker. Toregas played for Tech from 2002-04, then was drafted in the 24th round of the 2004 MLB Draft by Cleveland. He spent six seasons in the minors before making his MLB debut with the Indians on August 1, 2009 and played in 19 games. In 2011, he signed with Pittsburgh and played three games in the majors that season, before moving into a coaching role. Last season, he was named the first manager of the West Virginia Black Bears, the Pirates’ Short-Season A affiliate, and led the squad to the New York-Penn League title. He returns in the same role for the 2016 season. More information can be found here or by contacting the baseball office at 540-231-9976.

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Hokies turn to pink for a cause

Buzz Williams, the players, and spirit squads wore pink during the Louisville game last week for the Hokies’ “Suits & Sneakers” game, to help raise awareness for cancer research. Coaches vs. Cancer Suits And Sneakers Week is a nationwide event that was presented by the National Association of Basketball Coaches. Hundreds of local and national basketball game broadcasts helped focus on the American Cancer Society’s lifesaving mission, and how everyone can fight back against cancer. The players and staff also wore distinctive NIKE shoes, specially designed in bright pink to highlight this very important cause.