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Hokies working hard at spring practice

The Virginia Tech football team concluded the halfway point of Coach Justin Fuente’s first spring practice slate by holding its second scrimmage on April 9 in the Indoor Practice Facility. The Hokies scrimmaged for nearly two hours and the session was closed to the public and the media. The program held the scrimmage in conjunction with its annual three-day coaches clinic. Coaches participated in classroom sessions with the Tech staff, observed Thursday’s practice and attended Saturday’s scrimmage. Fans are encouraged to attend the Maroon-Orange Spring Game, which will be held at Saturday, April 23 at Lane Stadium. Kickoff is slated for 2:30 p.m.

Softball earns a win over No. 6 at TSP, picks up one more at Louisville

The Hokies downed No. 6 JMU in game one on Wednesday night, marking the highest ranked opponent defeated at Tech Softball Park in program history. Tech took on Louisville over the weekend and bounced back from a loss in the series opener to shut out Louisville in game two, before falling short in the finale. The Hokies recorded their eighth shutout of the season Sunday morning before dropping a heartbreaker in game two. Maggie Tyler pitched both games of the doubleheader, improving her record to 16-11 and giving her a career high in single-season wins. Lauren Duff extended her hitting streak to 20 games with a double and single to open the day before going 0-for-2 with a walk in the second game, to rank second in program history.

Virginia Tech
Athlete of the Week

Lauren Duff
(Softball • Catcher • Freshman • Chesapeake, Va.)
Lauren Duff extended her hitting streak to 20 games with a double and single in the first game on Sunday at Louisville before going 0-for-2 with a walk in game two. The freshman ranks second in program history with her 20-game hitting streak behind Kelly Brown’s 24 games in 2005. The freshman started all five games behind the plate, collecting 26 putouts while throwing two runners out attempting to steal second. The Chesapeake, Virginia native leads the team in batting (.423) with a .641 overall slugging percentage, and .800 in conference play.

Hokies top No. 11 UNC 4-3 to end streak

Virginia Tech baseball’s first win at Chapel Hill since 1976 did not come easy. Tech had been winless in its last 18 tries at UNC, but took a 4-2 lead into the top of the ninth inning only to see the then-ranked No. 11 North Carolina Tar Heels fight back with a two-out rally and make it just a one-run game with the bases loaded. On a 3-2 pitch, however, Tech freshman reliever Cole Kragel got UNC’s Eli Sutherland to hit a popup into foul territory behind the plate. Senior catcher Andrew Mogg, almost up against the backstop, secured the ball into his glove and Tech held on for a 4-3 victory at Boshamer Stadium in the final game of the three-game ACC series on Sunday.

Several track & field athletes set personal bests

The Virginia Tech track & field team posted several personal best marks and top finishes at Spec Towns and the Liberty Invitational. Marek Barta continued his success in this weekend’s competition with a first-place finish in the discus, throwing 59.24 meters (194-4). Chris Uhle clinched the men’s pole vault with his 5.41-meter (17-9) clearance, matching his personal-best mark. Eva Vivod recorded a 55.24-meter (181-3) throw to win the javelin. Courtney Blanden ranks eighth in program history with her 23.97 finish in the 200-meter dash. Despite windy conditions in Lynchburg, Mackenzie Muldoon and Emily Miller led Tech at the Liberty Invitational, placing first and second in the decathlon and pentathlon, respectively. Next weekend, the Hokies will travel to the Bucknell Bison Outdoor Classic and the UNC Charlotte Invitational.

Men’s tennis team splits on ACC weekend road swing

Tech won at Clemson 5-2 before falling at Georgia Tech 6-1. Against the Tigers, Tech took the doubles point with wins on courts two and three. Clemson got on the board first with a victory at four, but the Hokies reclaimed the lead with 67th-ranked Andreas Bjerrehus picking up the win in the No. 2. The Hokies’ 19th-ranked Monteiro gave Tech a 3-1 lead as he secured a win at one while the team win was clinched on six by Aaron Gomez. Jai Corbett picked up the final point for the Hokies as he had the win in the No. 5. Against the Yellow Jackets, Bjerrehus had the point for Tech at two, defeating Carlos Benito 7-5, 6-7(6), 10-6.

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Virginia Tech tennis players Andreas Bjerrehus and Amerigo Contini are interviewed by Hokie softball player Maggie Tyler

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Hokies go toe-to-toe with No. 2 North Carolina

Virginia Tech battled the second-ranked team in the nation down to the wire Friday after UNC picked up the doubles point to take the 1-0 lead. The Tar Heels pushed it to 2-0 before Elena Cerezo-Codina knocked off 30th-ranked Whitney Kay 6-3, 6-3 at two. Raluca Mita tied it up at 2-2 with a win on five before Katherine Butler gave the Hokies a 3-2 lead with a victory at six. The nation’s top-ranked player, UNC’s Hayley Carter, beat Francesca Fusinato at one to tie it up at 3-3. At the four, Tech’s Kelly Williford won the opening set 7-6, but Chloe Ouellet-Pizer came back to win the second 6-3. The deciding third set was tied at 5-5, before the Tar Heel player won it. On Sunday, the Hokies fell to 15th-ranked UVA 6-1. Mita had the win at five, defeating Erica Susi 6-0, 6-3. 

In Syracuse-like weather, Orange take it to Hokies


The Virginia Tech lacrosse team played at home for the first time in over a month with wind gusts in excess of 40 miles per hour and snow flurries flying around Thompson Field. The Hokies fell to No. 4 Syracuse, 19-5, in their third-straight game against an opponent ranked No. 6 or better. Meghan Macera scored a team-high three goals for the Hokies while Tristan McGinley and Kristine Loscalzo each scored once. Hannah Sieger made a career-high 10 saves, Gracee Hendrix, Macera and Sieger each had three ground balls, and Macera led the team with four draw controls and three caused turnovers. The Hokies will head north to face Boston College at 11:30 a.m., Saturday.

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Season, careers nearing the end

The Virginia Tech women’s tennis program recognized seniors Kelly Williford, Raluca Mita, Mariana Silva and Frances Peyton prior to Sunday’s match against Virginia. The Hokies are wrapping up the regular season and looking to do well in the upcoming ACC tournament and hopefully NCAA play. CLICK HERE to access the Hokies’ Senior Day images and other women’s tennis galleries.