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Maroon-Orange Spring Game excites Hokie Nation

Quarterback Jérod Evans threw a touchdown pass to receiver Jaylen Bradshaw, tailback Coleman Fox scored on a touchdown run, and Houshun Gaines had two sacks to headline the annual Maroon-Orange Spring Game played at Lane Stadium this past Saturday. An estimated 44,700 fans showed up to watch the offense take on the defense in a scrimmage format. The defense received points for a turnover, a three-and-out, and a stop. The Orange team, which was the offense, won 20-15 thanks primarily to the two touchdowns. Kicker Joey Slye added field goals of 26 and 54 yards. Both Nigel Williams and Darius Fullwood each had a sack. Tech opens the 2016 season on Sept. 3 against Liberty at Lane Stadium before taking on Tennessee in the Battle at Bristol.

Cianfarini, Owens receive prestigious Skelton Award at AD Honors Breakfast

 

Virginia Tech men’s track athlete Kevin Cianfarini and volleyball player Lindsey Owens were announced as the winners of the 2016 Skelton Award for Academic Excellence in Athletics at the AD’s Honors Breakfast held this past Sunday at the Inn at Virginia Tech. The Skelton Award, named after the late Dr. Bill and Peggy Skelton, goes each year to a rising junior, senior or fifth-year male and female student-athlete who holds an overall grade-point average of 3.40 or better. Each recipient receives a $5,000 scholarship. The athletics department also recognized its Scholar-Athletes of the Year, an honor that goes to those with the highest GPA in the 2015 calendar year. This list of honorees included Torben Laidig (men’s track and field), Hanna Green (women’s cross country), Kelsey Mericka (softball), and Caroline Buscaglia (women’s swimming and diving). More than 300 student-athletes who achieved a grade-point average of 3.0 or better during one or both semesters in the preceding calendar year were also honored.

Tech men advance to semifinals of ACC championship

Virginia Tech rolled to a 4-0 opening round win over Miami as Tech took the doubles and Amerigo Contini, Edoardo Tessaro and Mitch Harper each won their singles in straight sets. In the quarterfinals, 36th-ranked Tech picked up a 4-3 win over No. 21 Florida State in exciting fashion. FSU won doubles and the first singles match to go up 2-0 before Tessaro won at four. Joao Monteiro tied it up when he knocked off 9th-ranked Benjamin Lock. Andreas Bjerrehus gave Tech the advantage with a win at two, but the Seminoles tied it up at 3-3. The deciding point came down to Contini, squaring off against Michael Rinaldi. After falling behind, 4-1, Contini came back to win, sending the Hokies to the semifinals for the first time in program history. In the semis, eventual champion 7th-ranked Wake earned a 4-2 victory.



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Athlete of the Week

Amerigo Contini
(Men's Tennis • Senior • Parma, Italy)
In the ACC quarterfinals, the 36th-ranked Hokies were tied with No. 21 Florida State at 3-3 with the deciding match down to Contini on court three. The Tech senior won the opening set 6-4 over Michael Rinaldi, but fell 6-2 in the second to force the third. Contini fell behind 4-1 in the final set, but rallied in dramatic fashion, winning the next three games to tie it at 4-4. The two were again locked at 6-6 as the match came down to a tiebreaker which Contini won 6-2 to send the Hokies into the ACC semifinals for the first time in program history.

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Hokies have record-setting weekend

Tech’s throwers highlighted the weekend for the Hokies’ track & field teams. Marek Barta set a new program record in the discus while Irena Sediva set both a facility and meet record in the javelin at the Virginia Challenge. Tomas Kruzliak took third in the hammer throw to rank seventh nationally. At Duke, Deakin Volz shined for the men’s team with his second-place finish, ranking fifth in program history. Erica Hjerpe came in third for the women to sit second in Tech’s records. Courtney Blanden led the sprinters with three top-five finishes this weekend, including two personal records and a season-best time. Blanden ranks sixth in program history in the 400 meters with her fourth-place finish and ranks seventh in the record books with her 200-meter finish.

Lacrosse honors seniors, will play next in Lane Stadium

The Virginia Tech lacrosse team will be the No. 8 seed in the 2016 ACC Women’s Lacrosse Championship and will face No. 1 seed North Carolina at noon on Thursday in Lane Stadium. The Hokies are the host of the championship as lacrosse will be played in Lane Stadium for the first time. The team dropped its regular-season finale on Friday to No. 11 Virginia, 14-7. Prior to the game, the Hokies honored their five seniors in Gracee Hendrix, Kelsey Allen, Jessi Thon, Meghan Macera and Hannah Sieger.

Lane’s seventh-place finish leads Tech at the ACC Men’s Golf Championship

The Virginia Tech men’s golf team completed the 2015-16 season on Sunday afternoon with an 11th place finish at the 63rd ACC Men’s Golf Championship at the Old North State Club at Uwharrie Point in New London, North Carolina. Tech’s top finisher was junior Joey Lane, who carded a three-round total of 4-under 212, to tie for seventh place individually. Entering the final round tied for 25th, Lane fired a 5-under 67 in Sunday’s final round, his best round ever at the ACC championship. Lane had five birdies and no bogeys on Sunday and over his final two rounds, carded seven birdies and just one bogey. This marks the fifth consecutive season that a Virginia Tech golfer has finished in the top 10 at the ACC championship.

Tech women fall to No. 28 Wake in ACC tourney

In the ACC championship, Wake Forest took the doubles point get the match started before Wake’s Samantha Asch defeated Raluca Mita 6-3, 6-1 at five to push the Demon Deacons ahead 2-0. Virginia Tech’s Kelly Williford fell on court four 6-2, 6-2 to Joanna Zalewski as Wake took a 3-0 advantage. In the match on six, Tech’s Sansitha Nandakumar struggled in the opening set against Luisa Fernandez, falling 6-0. Nandakumar came back strong in the second, tying it at 6-6 to force the tiebreak, but the Wake player was able to hold on to win it 7-6(2). Francesca Fusinato and Elena Cerezo-Codina earned All-ACC honors last week.

Notable pitching highlights the weekend

Virginia Tech president Timothy Sands, who threw out the ceremonial first pitch at English Field at Union Park on Sunday, may have gotten some tips before his toss from Saturday’s Game 1 starter Kit Scheetz. His performance on Saturday was superb, as Scheetz stymied the Duke Blue Devils’ offense for eight innings, scattering four hits and, at one point, retired 10 in a row. With one out in the ninth, though, he went hit-by-pitch, home run that tied the game at 2-2. In the bottom of the ninth, Andrew Mogg gave Scheetz, who struck out a season-high eight batters, his fourth win of the season with an RBI double that provided the winning run and the Hokies notched their fourth walk-off victory of 2016 with the 3-2 win.

Hokies shut out midweek teams, fall to FSU

The Hokies shut out two of their opponents in two of three games last week before falling to No. 7 Florida State. Maggie Tyler tossed 19 strikeouts between Tuesday's 1-0 win over Western Carolina and Wednesday's at Radford. On Wednesday, the ace threw one strikeout in the first inning before striking out seven of the last nine batters. In game two of the WCU doubleheader, the Hokies’ bats exploded with nine hits and four home runs: a pair of solo shots by Olivia Lattin, a three-RBI bomb from Emma Strouth, and a two-run walk-off by Caroline Schoenewald. At Florida State, Lauren Duff recorded her second career home run on Saturday while Vanessa Gonzalez went 2-for-2 on Sunday with an RBI-double.




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Preparing for the 2016 football season

Following fourteen practices and a successful Spring Game in front of an excited Hokie Nation, Coach Justin Fuente gathered his team and got right back to work. The Hokies will keep preparing throughout the rest of the spring and summer to get ready for the 2016 opener in Lane Stadium against Liberty on Sept. 3, and the Battle at Bristol against Tennessee the following Saturday.