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Hokies beat FSU; fall to Miami in ACC tourney

The Hokies made it to the quarterfinals of the 2016 New York Life ACC Tournament at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. Tech was the sixth seed and received a first-round bye in the event. On Wednesday, the Hokies defeated Florida State, 96-85. Tech shot 53.7 percent from the field, including a blistering 60 percent in the first half. Seth Allen came off the bench to lead all scorers with 20 points, making 10-of-12 free throws in the game. Zach LeDay had his 10th double-double of the season with 15 points and 12 rebounds. In the quarterfinal, Tech lost to No. 11 Miami, 88-82. Allen again led Tech with 31 points, the second-highest point total for any Virginia Tech Hokie in an ACC tournament game. He was named to the all-tournament second team.

Hokies earn NIT bid, will host Princeton Wednesday


Virginia Tech returns to the postseason for the first time since 2011, as Zach LeDay and the Hokies will host Princeton in the first round of the 2016 National Invitation Tournament on Wednesday. The game, to be played on Virginia Tech Carilion Court at Cassell Coliseum, will tip-off at 8 p.m., and will be televised by ESPNU. The Hokies are 24-10 all-time in the NIT and have hosted 18 NIT games, including the first-ever NIT game played outside of Madison Square Garden, an 83-79 win over Georgetown in 1977. Tech won the 1973 and 1995 NIT championships and finished third in the 1984 tournament. The winner of the Tech-Princeton game will play the winner of the BYU-UAB game in the second round.

Tech earns WNIT bid, will face Elon Thursday at Virginia Tech Carilion Court

The Virginia Tech women’s basketball team is headed to the postseason for the first time since 2007 and will host the CAA’s Elon on Thursday, March 17 at 7 p.m., in the opening round of the 2016 Women’s National Invitation Tournament. Tech posted a 17-13 mark this season and had wins over NCAA team Tennessee as well as fellow WNIT participants, Virginia and Wake Forest. Elon finished the season with an 18-12 record and is making its second consecutive appearance in the WNIT. This marks the Hokies' fourth trip to the WNIT and their 13th time making postseason play since the program’s first trip in 1994. Tech has advanced as far as the semifinals of the 2002 WNIT.

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Hokies earn All-America honors at NCAA championships

The track & field team sent five student-athletes to the NCAA indoor championships last weekend, resulting in five all-Americans. The men’s team placed 15th overall with the women’s team coming in 25th. Thomas Curtin and Hanna Green led Tech’s distance runners with second place finishes in the 5,000 meters and 800 meters, respectively. Both were the highest finishes of the distance crew at the championship meet in program history. Deakin Volz rounded out the group of first-team All-Americans with his third place mark in the pole vault. Shannon Morton finished 12th overall in the mile to garner second-team All-America honors while Torben Laidig was named all-America honorable mention in the pole vault. The Hokies begin the outdoor season this weekend at the Hurricane Invitational in Miami.

Virginia Tech
Athletes of the Week

Thomas Curtin
(Track & Field • r-Senior • Leesburg, Va.)
First Team All-American • 5000M

Hanna Green
(Track & Field • Junior • Latrobe, Penn.)
First Team All-American • 800M

Deakin Volz
(Track & Field • Freshman • Bloomington, Ind.)
First Team All-American • Pole Vault

Three Hokies earned first-team All-America honors at the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships last weekend. Curtin placed second in the 5,000-meters in 13:50.70, Green finished in second place finish in the 800-meters in 2:05.90, and Volz placed third in the pole vault with a height of 5.35 meters (17-6.5).

Hokies sweep Panthers to open home conference play

The Virginia Tech softball team scored 30 runs on 34 hits to sweep Pitt in the ACC home opening weekend. The Hokies jumped on the board first in both games on Saturday, holding the lead by the end of each inning of play. Lauren Duff and Kelsey Mericka slugged one and two home runs, respectively, accounting for seven runs between the two games. Caitlyn Nolan, Chelsea Whitcomb, and Elizabeth Birle brought runs home as well on Saturday. The Hokies and Panthers traded the lead on Sunday until Tech finalized the score at 12-9. Maggie Tyler picked up each of the Hokies’ three wins. The Hokies return to Tech Softball Park on Saturday and Sunday to host Boston College.

Win over No. 5 Hurricanes highlights Hokies’ week

The Hokies played five homes games this past week, which included opening the ACC slate at home against No. 5 Miami. Although, they did not win the series, the Hokies came out victorious on Friday in the opener, 14-3, behind Nick Anderson and Tom Stoffel. Each drove in a career-high five runs with Anderson’s grand slam in the first inning highlighting the Tech offensive outburst. Packy Naughton earned the win on the mound with a quality start (6.2 IP/6 Ks). The 14 runs marked the second most ever in an ACC opener for Tech and was the seventh time this season the team scored at least 11 runs in a contest – all wins. The Hokies conclude their 11-game home stand tonight against Liberty at 5:30 p.m.

Hokies hope to make it big in New York City

Eight Virginia Tech wrestlers will take the mat at Madison Square Garden this weekend, competing for the 2016 NCAA national championship. Starting on Thursday, all the action from every mat will be shown on ESPNU as the NCAA competition gets underway. The Hokies will send one true freshman, two redshirt freshmen, two redshirt sophomores, a redshirt junior, a true junior and a redshirt senior to this year’s competition, with five competitors making their second run at the championship. All-Americans Nick Brascetta, Joey Dance, Zach Epperly and Ty Walz will be joined by teammates Solomon Chishko, Jared Haught, David McFadden and Zack Zavatsky, who look to make a splash on the national stage beginning at noon on Thursday, March 17.

Men’s tennis rolls past ACC foe Boston College

The 39th-ranked Hokies beat the Eagles 7-0 on Sunday afternoon in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. Tech (9-3, 2-1 ACC) picked up the doubles point with wins on courts one and three. The Hokies then claimed all six singles matches in straight sets with Aaron Gomez and Amerigo Contini giving up just two games in their respective matches. Gomez downed Will Turner 6-1, 6-1 on court six while Contini won 6-1, 6-1 over Hank Workman in the No. 2. Andreas Bjerrehus defeated Aidan McNulty in the No. 1 with scores of 6-1, 6-4. Mitch Harper won in the No. 4, defeating Alexandre Thirouin 6-3, 6-2. Tech’s 59th-ranked Edoardo Tessaro defeated Jeffrey Melvin 6-4, 7-5 in the No. 3 while Jai Corbett clinched a win over Kyle Childree 6-4, 7-5 on court five.

Divers soar at NCAA Zone Championship

Six Tech divers qualified for at least one diving event at the 2016 NCAA championships after strong performances at the Zone A championships in Annapolis, Md. Mauro Castro-Silva and Ben Schiesl qualified for all three diving events while Eduardo Castro-Silva qualified for the 3-meter and the platform. Logan Stevens qualified in the platform and 1-meter events. For the women, Ashlynn Peters qualified for all three events while Leah Piemonte qualified for the platform. Stevens finished the week strong after taking first in the men’s platform while Piemonte finished fifth in the women’s. Schiesl finished third in the 1-meter. In the 3-meter, Ashlynn Peters finished second while the men took third, fourth and fifth place with Mauro Castro-Silva, Eduardo Castro-Silva and Schiesl in that order.

Hollandsworth leads Hokies at Augusta

The Virginia Tech women’s golf team finished in 10th place at the third event of the spring, the 3M Augusta Invitational. The Hokies were led by redshirt freshman Amanda Hollandsworth, who picked up her first top-10 finish of her collegiate career. Hollandsworth had the team’s low score in two of three rounds, shooting under par in the first and second before finishing with a three-over final round to land in a tie for seventh place. The redshirt freshman led the field on par 5 holes, averaging 4.25 strokes per hole, and recorded one of the just seven eagles on the weekend. The Hokies will be back in action starting on March 21 when they head to Kiawah Island, S.C., for the Briar’s Creek Invitational.

Huge cards eagle, leads Hokies in Myrtle Beach

The Hokies finished in 14th place at the General Hackler Championship, played in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina over the weekend. Senior Maclain Huge, the reigning VSGA State Amateur champion, led the Hokies with a three-round total of 219 and tied for 35th place overall. Huge’s round of 1-under 71 on Sunday was highlighted by an eagle-3 on the 540-yard par-5 15th hole at the Dunes Golf and Beach Club. Ryan Mondy was right behind Huge with a 220. The Hokies had spent the first part of spring break with the Hackin’ Hokies at Pine Needles Resort in Southern Pines, North Carolina.

Lacrosse hangs tough against quality opponents

The Virginia Tech lacrosse team dropped two hard-fought games against a pair of top 20 programs this past week including a heartbreaker to No. 17 Ohio State on Sunday afternoon, 10-8. In the game, the Hokies trailed but scored four unanswered goals to take a 7-6 lead at halftime. Tech would go up 8-6 but the Buckeyes ultimately broke through and scored four straight goals to take the victory. Last Wednesday, Tech faced No. 6 Notre Dame and the Hokies only trailed the Fighting Irish 11-7 with 20:15 remaining but Notre Dame gained the ensuing draw control and scored just seconds later. The Irish then outscored the Hokies 5-0 in less than six minutes of play to go up 16-7 and ultimately hold off the Hokies.

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Postseason hoops in Cassell!

Virginia Tech fans will have at least two more chances to enjoy Hokie hoops at home as the men take on Princeton at 7 p.m., Wednesday in a first round NIT game, and the women take on Elon Thursday (time to be announced Wednesday) in the first round of the WNIT on Virginia Tech Carilion Court at Cassell Coliseum. General admission tickets are on sale now at www.hokietickets.com.