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Tech takes down Tigers in rockin’ Cassell Coliseum

Virginia Tech picked up a big conference win on Saturday, as the Hokies defeated Clemson, 60-57, on Virginia Tech Carilion Court at Cassell Coliseum. Tech opened the second half on a 22-10 run to take a 10-point lead. Clemson fought back and retook the lead, 52-51, with 2:43 remaining. Tech then regained the lead on a layup by Kerry Blackshear Jr., and never relinquished the lead. The stingy Tech defense held Clemson without an attempt in its final possession and came away with the win. Zach LeDay recorded his eighth double-double of the season with 19 points and 12 rebounds and Jalen Hudson added 13 points. Earlier in the week, the Hokies lost at Syracuse, 68-60. Justin Bibbs recorded his first double-double of the season in that game with 16 points and 11 rebounds.

Women’s basketball squad squashes ’Hoos

Junior Sidney Cook tallied 23 points and 14 rebounds to lead the Hokies over in-state rival Virginia, 66-46, Sunday afternoon in Charlottesville. The win improved the Hokies to 15-8 on the season. Cook’s 23 points and 14 rebounds mark one of the best performances in the Hokies’ history with UVA. Former Tech players Uju Ugoka and Tere Williams had 21 points, 10 rebounds in 2014 and 1998, respectively. In this 2016 matchup, Hannah Young had 16 points, including four 3-pointers, Chanette Hicks chipped in 11 points and a career-high eight assists and Taijah Campbell pulled down 10 rebounds. The game was presented by Virginia529, the official college savings plan of Virginia Tech Athletics. The Hokies’ victory added a half point for their school to the Virginia529 Commonwealth Clash. The score is now tied, with UVA and Virginia Tech each having 3.5 points. Learn more about Virginia529 and this competition at www.thecommonwealthclash.com.

Virginia Tech
Athlete of the Week

Sidney Cook
(Women’s Basketball • Junior • Parkton, N.C.)
Cook put together a solid week for the Hokies, averaging 16 points and 9.0 rebounds per game over a two-game span, including dropping in a season-high 23 points in the win over rival Virginia. Cook shot 57.1 percent from the field, and went 7-of-8 from the line against the Cavaliers. In addition, Cook grabbed 14 rebounds in the game, recording one of the best performances in the history of the series with UVA. The win over Virginia snapped the Cavaliers 18-game win streak over the Hokies in the series with Tech’s last win coming in 2007. Cook also led the Hokies against Georgia Tech this week with nine points.

Fuente brings in first recruiting class

On National Signing Day (Feb. 3), Virginia Tech head football coach Justin Fuente announced the members of his first recruiting class, as he and his staff put together a staff comprised of 21 prospects. Nine of those prospects already have enrolled at Tech for the spring semester. In breaking down the numbers, 12 of the prospects are slated to play on offense. That group consisted of six offensive linemen and four receivers. On defense, the staff brought in four defensive backs and three linebackers. The class included nine prospects from the state of Virginia. The staff also signed three prospects from Georgia, two each from Florida and North Carolina and one each from Michigan, Texas, Ohio, New Jersey and South Carolina. For a list and for bios of each 2016 football recruit, please CLICK HERE.

Hokie wrestling stays undefeated in ACC duals

The 10th-ranked Hokies went 2-0 in the team’s third consecutive undefeated weekend of dual action with victories at No. 17 Pitt and Edinboro. Tech opened the weekend with a 28-7 domination of the Panthers on Friday, giving the Hokies a 3-0 ACC record. Solomon Chishko and Zach Epperly were the stars of the night, with No. 10 Chishko picking up a 6-0 decision over his fifth-ranked opponent, and Epperly recording his second fall in 2016. The Hokies took down perennially strong Edinboro 29-7 to close the weekend on a high note Sunday. Fourteenth-ranked Zack Zavatsky earned an upset victory over No. 2 Avery in sudden victory overtime in a dual where the Hokies won eight of 10 weight classes. The Hokies head to North Carolina next weekend to take on the ACC leaders, NC State and Duke.

Hokies collect numerous top finishes at Elite Meet

Pole vaulter Torben Laidig had another record setting performance at the “Doc Hale” Elite Meet with a 5.62-meter (18-5.15) mark to set both a new Tech program record and ACC record. The No. 4 men’s team earned three first place finishes on Friday – in the mile by Neil Gourley, 3,000-meter run by Thomas Curtin and unseeded pole vault by James Steck. Gourley’s time of 3:59.58 makes him just the second Tech athlete to record a time under four minutes, and ranks second in program history. The women’s team followed suit with Hanna Green’s 800-meter run and Emma King’s unseeded pole vault. Nora McKiver had an outstanding 200-meter dash as the Hokie sprinters added several personal best marks at the meet as well.

No. 19 Tech men’s tennis wins two over the weekend

The men’s tennis team defeated St. Bonaventure 7-0 before downing Richmond 5-2 in a home doubleheader Friday. Against the Bonnies, the Hokies claimed the doubles point early with Andreas Bjerrehus and Joao Monteiro teaming up for a win on one while Jai Corbett and Mitch Harper paired up on three to secure the point. In singles, the Hokies got points from Bjerrehus, Edoardo Tessaro, Corbett, Harper, Jason Kros and George Cartledge. Tech again got out to a strong start in the second match of the day as Bjerrehus and Monteiro had the win on one and Cartledge and Harper secured the No. 3 match. The Hokies had singles points from Monteiro, Tessaro, Freddy Mesmer and Kros against the Spiders. Tech also fell 4-0 to 8th-ranked Ohio State over the weekend.

Tech gets lacrosse season underway under roof

The Virginia Tech lacrosse team opened the season this past weekend with a game on Friday afternoon moved indoors due to the weather. The team played the first NCAA competition in Tech’s new Indoor Practice Facility as the Hokies hosted Navy. Tech fell 12-6 to the Midshipmen but bounced back with an 18-1 defeat of Gardner-Webb on Sunday behind a career-best performance from Tristan McGinley. She had four goals and three assists in the in win over the Runnin' Bulldogs. The Hokies will travel to Davidson on Wednesday before hosting Liberty at 5 p.m., on Saturday, at the Indoor Practice Facility.

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Hokies get in the swing of things with Baseball Night in Blacksburg

With the Tech baseball season less than two weeks away, the Hokies hosted their annual Baseball Night in Blacksburg event on Saturday, February 6 in Lane Stadium. Former player Wyatt Toregas, the featured speaker, rehashed some old memories of playing for Coach Chuck Hartman, talked about his transition from minor league player to coach and answered a handful of questions from the audience. The Hokie Club’s Ben Hill was honored for his hard work and dedication to the baseball program as he was named the 2016 recipient of the Chuck and Ellen Hartman Award. The event kicked off with a dinner and silent auction and concluded with the 2016 baseball players signing posters.

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Men’s track team soars in the rankings

Junior David Prince flew through the air inside Rector Field House Friday en route to a third-place finish at the Virginia Tech “Doc Hale” Elite Meet. Following their strong performance over the weekend, the Hokies flew even higher as the previously No. 4 ranked men’s track & field team moved up to the No. 3 team in the nation, as announced by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) on Monday.