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Hokies top Seminoles in exciting Cassell comeback

Virginia Tech picked up a big home win on Saturday, as the Hokies defeated Florida State, 83-73 in a sold-out Virginia Tech Carilion Court at Cassell Coliseum. Tech, down by as many as 12 points in the first half, outscored the Seminoles, 46-28, after the intermission. Seth Allen scored 17 of his game-high 23 points in the second half and Justin Robinson scored all 13 of his points after intermission. Robinson made a lay-up and hit back-to-back three-pointers in the final four minutes to put the Hokies up for good and grabbed a big defensive rebound and made both free throws in the final minute to secure the win. On Wednesday night, Tech lost at No. 11/10 Miami, 65-49, as Robinson led the Hokies with 12 points.

No. 5 Tech wrestling squad beats No. 8 Michigan in National Duals

The Hokies downed the Wolverines 24-11 over the weekend as part of the 2016 National Duals Championship Series. Tech’s squad, featuring eight ranked wrestlers, won seven of 10 bouts en route to a dominating victory to close out the regular season. No. 3 Joey Dance started the day in dramatic fashion, taking No. 20 Conor Youtsey to sudden victory overtime before winning an 11-9 decision to avenge last year’s season-ending loss. Fifth-ranked Nick Brascetta took down No. 13 Brian Murphy, 4-3. No. 7 Jared Haught won a decisive 5-1 contest over No. 6 Max Huntley at 197 pounds and third-ranked Ty Walz earned his third career win over fourth-ranked Adam Coon with a 3-2 decision. The Hokies will be back in action on Sunday, March 6 at the ACC championship in Charlottesville.

Tech H2Okie women finish in fifth at ACC championship

The women's swimming and diving teams climbed to a top five finish at the 2016 ACC Women's Swimming and Diving Championships. The Hokies were led by Kladuia Nazieblo, who earned two silver medals, and Weronika Paluszek, who earned two bronze medals. The men's divers also scored the most points, securing 247 points and a bronze medal performance from Mauro Castro-Silva. The men's divers put the team 98 points ahead of the next closest competitor heading into the men's swimming portion starting on Wednesday.

Virginia Tech
Athlete of the Week

Klaudia Nazieblo
(Swimming • Sophomore • Wroclaw, Poland)
Nazieblo won two silver medals at this past weekend's ACC championships. She claimed second in the 200 butterfly and second in the 400 IM. In addition, she competed on four relay teams that all finished in the top eight. The Hokies sat in eighth place after the first two days of the competition, but behind her, rallied to finish in fifth place overall.

Tech beats two ranked teams to extend winning streak to five games

The 45th-ranked Hokies defeated No. 29 Rice, 4-1, and No. 74 Marshall, 5-2, this week. Tech secured the doubles point in both matches to get out to the early 1-0 lead. Against the Owls, the Hokies had wins in the No. 1, 3 and 4 singles matches where Francesca Fusinato, Caroline Daxhelet and Kelly Williford all tallied points to help Tech to the team win over a top-30 foe. In the match against the Thundering Herd, Tech used another singles win from Daxhelet on court three as well as victories from Elena Cerezo-Codina in the No. 2, Raluca Mita at five and Katherine Bulter on court six to pick up the win over host-team Marshall. With the wins, the Hokies improve to 7-3 on the season.

Tech goes toe-to-toe with two tough ACC teams

The Hokies started the week battling Duke in a game that went down to the wire on Thursday night. The Blue Devils held a five-point lead early in the final quarter, but Sidney Cook and Hannah Young scored five unanswered points to tie it up with 5:56 to go. The Hokies took the 62-61 lead off back-to-back baskets from Cook with 1:54 to go, but Duke got the win. Cook finished the game with 20 points, including 3-of-4 from outside the arc. Against No. 18/17 Miami on the road, Tech rallied from an eight-point fourth quarter deficit to send the game into overtime, but Miami outscored the Hokies 17-6 in overtime for the win. Cook led the Hokies again, scoring 17 points, and Chanette Hicks had three steals to set the new Virginia Tech ACC single-season record for steals.

Tech celebrates thrilling overtime win over High Point

The women's lacrosse team bounced back on Sunday afternoon with an exciting overtime comeback win over High Point, 14-13. The game was also the Hokies' breast cancer awareness match and the team wore pink uniforms in support. Kristine Loscalzo led the Hokies by scoring a career-high four goals and adding an assist in the game. Meghan Macera was able to score the game-winner just a minute into the sudden victory overtime period as she charged into the 8-meter arc and fired a shot past the keeper. It was her second game-winning goal this season. She also scored the game-winner at Davidson.

Hokies host final tune-up before ACC indoor championship

The Hokies’ track & field teams competed in their final meet before the ACC indoor championship, serving as host to the Virginia Tech Challenge in Rector Field House last weekend. On Friday, Hanna Green, Rachel Pocratsky, and Katie Kennedy all recorded first-place finishes in the 1,000-meter run, the 600 meters, and 800, respectively. Nora McKiver continued the Hokies’ success with a top section finish of the 200-meter dash while Darius Watkins did the same on the men’s side. Additionally, the men’s distance medley relay competed at the UCS Invite, placing second with a 9:30.65 time which ranks fourth in program history. The teams head to Boston this weekend to compete at the ACC championship meet Thursday through Sunday.

Hokies win one on 2016 opening weekend

After two close losses on Friday and Saturday, the baseball team’s offense came alive on Sunday, sparked by Sam Fragale’s first-inning grand slam and the Hokies cruised to a 12-0 victory over The Citadel. Kit Scheetz silenced the Bulldogs’ bats over six-plus innings, scattering just two hits and a walk and striking out six batters to earn the win on the mound. Phil Sciretta had at least two hits and an RBI in each of the three games to lead Tech offensively, while Fragale posted a team-high six RBIs over the weekend. Seven of the 10 Tech pitchers used in Charleston, S.C., did not allow an earned run as the staff combined for a 2.52 ERA.

Student-Athlete Q&A

Virginia Tech softball player Maggie Tyler interviews baseball player Matt Dauby

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Student-athletes get ahead with Career Jumpstart

The Virginia Tech Office of Student-Athlete Development hosted its annual Student-Athlete Career Jumpstart on Monday night. The event, sponsored by Carilion Clinic, N.B. Handy and Aflac, was an exclusive opportunity for junior and senior student-athletes to enhance career development skills while providing professional organizations the opportunity to interact with potential candidates. The evening’s schedule consisted of an employer panel, career preparation round table sessions and a networking reception. Organizations in attendance were Kohl’s, Pepsi Co., Aflac, WeddingWire, Carilion Clinic, U.S. Marine Corps, Deloitte, Gradtap, N.B. Handy, Southern Teachers Agency, Piper Companies, First Bank and Trust Company, GEICO, Waffle House, TEK Systems and Target. 

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Hoppin’ Hokies

Virginia Tech fans and the spirit squad jump to the beat of Metallica’s “Enter Sandman” prior to tip-off against Florida State Saturday afternoon. A sold-out Hokie Celebration crowd helped Tech come back late in the game for an 83-73 ACC win over the Seminoles. Only two home games remain – against Pittsburgh on Wednesday, March 2, and against Miami on Saturday, March 5.