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Tech wins the ACC Dual Meet Championship!

The eighth-ranked Hokies claimed their second consecutive ACC Dual Meet championship this weekend with victories over No. 3 North Carolina State and Duke. Tech downed then-undefeated NC State 19-14 on Friday, highlighted by come-from-behind victories from Sal Mastriani and Dennis Gustafson, as well as a clutch performance from No. 7 Jared Haught who defeated 15th-ranked Michael Boykin to clinch the victory. The Hokies completed consecutive undefeated seasons against ACC competition with Saturday’s 31-9 victory over the Blue Devils. Third-ranked Zach Epperly picked up his third pinfall victory of the season and No. 3 Joey Dance earned his second victory of the weekend with a 15-5 major decision. The Hokies, now ranked No. 5, travel to face eighth-ranked Michigan at 2 p.m., Sunday in the National Duals.

Virginia Tech
Athlete of the Week

Zach Epperly
(Wrestling • r-Sophomore • Christiansburg, Va.)
Epperly earned two victories this weekend as the Hokies downed No. 3 NC State and Duke to claim back-to-back ACC Dual Meet championships. Epperly won a hard-fought 5-0 decision against Nick Hall, giving the Hokies a 13-11 lead they wouldn't surrender against the undefeated Wolfpack. Against Duke on Saturday, Epperly recorded his third pinfall of 2016 in Tech's top-to-bottom dismantling of the Blue Devils as the Hokies secured another league title.

Hokies fall to ’Hoos in Charlottesville to split on the season

The Hokies dropped the Commonwealth Clash rematch with Virginia, 67-49, in John Paul Jones Arena on Tuesday night, but the story for the Hokies was the return of Chris Clarke to the active roster. Playing his first game since Dec. 22, Clarke came off the bench to score 11 points and grab four rebounds in just 13 minutes of action. Leading the way for Tech was fellow freshman Justin Robinson, who scored 16 points. The Hokies had an open weekend and will return to action on Wednesday, Feb. 17 at nationally ranked Miami and then face FSU on Virginia Tech Carilion Court at Cassell Coliseum Saturday at 3 p.m. The Virginia game was presented by Virginia529, the official college savings plan of Virginia Tech Athletics. The score for the Clash is now UVA 4 and Virginia Tech 3.5. Learn more about Virginia529 and this competition at www.thecommonwealthclash.com.

Women’s basketball faced two tough ACC battles

The Virginia Tech women’s basketball team trailed North Carolina by 17 at the end of the third quarter but cut the lead to one before North Carolina held on to secure a 71-67 win on Thursday night at Carmichael Arena. Hannah Young led Tech with 22 points and eight rebounds against the Tar Heels and Vanessa Panousis added 14 points, including four 3-pointers. With her 3-pointers against UNC, Panousis has made the most 3-pointers in ACC play in Tech history, and she moved into second place on the career record list. Tech also faced Pitt over the weekend, falling to the Panthers 59-48 on Virginia Tech Carilion Court at Cassell Coliseum. The Hokies were led by Sidney Cook with 17 points and seven rebounds in Tech’s annual Play4Kay game.

No. 19 men’s tennis rolls past UMBC

The 19th-ranked Hokies rolled past UMBC over the weekend, defeating the Retrievers 7-0 on Friday afternoon. Tech got out to the early lead, picking up the doubles point as the 11th-ranked duo of Andreas Bjerrehus and Joao Monteiro claimed the win on court one. Jai Corbett and Mitch Harper also paired up to win the No. 2. In singles, Tech pushed its lead to 2-0 off a 6-1, 6-4 win on court six by Freddy Mesmer over Kevin Hsieh. Corbett had a 6-3, 6-2 win over Eliott Loubatie in the No. 3 and 13th-ranked Monteiro secured the team win, defeating Justin Carter 6-0, 6-2 in the one. Amerigo Contini, Bjerrehus and Harper also had wins in singles.

Women’s tennis sweeps WVU for third consecutive shutout


Tech’s 47th-ranked women’s tennis team recorded its third consecutive shutout over the weekend, knocking off former Big East rival West Virginia 7-0. Caroline Daxhelet paired up with Raluca Mita on court two while Francesca Fusinato and Kelly Williford paired up in the No. 1 to pick up wins, securing the doubles point for Tech. Mita put Tech on top 2-0 with a 6-1, 6-0 win over Kaja Mrgole in the No. 5 and Williford gave the Hokies a 3-0 advantage, defeating Carolina Lewis 6-2, 6-2 at three. Fusinato, ranked 41st, clinched the team win for the Hokies as she downed Habiba Shkaer 6-0, 6-4 in the No. 1. Elena Cerezo-Codina, Daxhelet and Katherine Butler also claimed singles wins.

Hokies add to winning streak

The Virginia Tech lacrosse team won both its games this past week starting with a thrilling 9-8 win at Davidson on Wednesday night, followed by a 7-4 win over Liberty on Saturday evening. At Davidson, the Hokies trailed 8-7 until Meghan Macera scored two goals in the final 1:32 to give Tech the victory after trailing 5-0 early in the game. She scored the game-winner with just 22.4 seconds remaining. Against Liberty, the Hokies went up 4-0 and leaned on a strong defensive effort to hold off the Flames. Tech travels to take on No. 20 James Madison on Thursday in Harrisonburg.

Hokies set two track & field school records

Thomas Curtin and Shannon Morton each set new Virginia Tech program records on Friday and Saturday at the Iowa State Classic. On Friday, Curtin won the 5,000-meter run in 13:37.10 to set new facility and meet records. Saturday, Morton cut nearly five seconds off her time to run the mile in 4:38.39. Additionally, Neil Gourley ran another sub-four-minute mile for the second time in eight days. Nora McKiver led Tech’s sprinters with a third place finish out of 49 sprinters in the 200-meter dash with a personal best time of 24.14. The track & field teams return to Blacksburg to host the Virginia Tech Challenge this Friday and Saturday in Rector Field House.

Tech softball wins 14th season opener

The Hokies began the 2016 season in Tampa, Florida with a win over USF in the first game of the five-team tournament. Chelsea Whitcomb threw the win while also rocketing two doubles. Breanna Davenport, Katey Smith and Vanessa Gonzalez added two hits each in the opening win. Through the five games, the Hokies totaled six home runs with two by Gonzalez. Whitcomb leads Tech with four RBI while both Whitcomb and Smith collected six hits in five games. Despite losses to top-ranked Florida and No. 2 Michigan, the Hokies held the top teams in the country to their fewest hits and runs, respectively, since the WCWS. Tech softball returns to Florida next weekend for the ACC/Big Ten Challenge to face Michigan and Minnesota.

Women’s golf team tees off spring season in the Sunshine State

The Virginia Tech women’s golf team kicked off the spring portion of its inaugural season last weekend, heading south to take on the field at the Florida State Matchup. The Hokies finished 11th against the field, which included four ranked teams and two ACC opponents. Redshirt freshman Amanda Hollandsworth was the low man for the Hokies, finishing in a tie for 39th after shooting a three-under 69 on the final day of competition. Freshman Nicolette Donovan trailed right behind, finishing with a 15-over to land in a tie for 51st place. Tech is back in action on February 29, heading back to the Sunshine State for the Hurricane Invitational, hosted by Miami.

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Flipping over our Hokies

Cheerleaders perform back flips after a made free throw during a women’s basketball game at Virginia Tech Carilion Court at Cassell Coliseum last week. The Hokie women’s team has two more home games this season, beginning Thursday night against Duke at 7 p.m., and the men’s team has three home games remaining starting with a blackout game against Florida State at 3 p.m., Saturday.