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Evans with four touchdown passes in Tech debut

Quarterback Jerod Evans threw for 221 yards and four touchdowns to lead the Hokies to a 36-13 win over Liberty this past Saturday, handing head coach Justin Fuente his first victory. Evans, a junior-college transfer from Texas who enrolled this past January, completed 20 of 32 passes and rallied Tech from a 13-10 second-quarter deficit with touchdown passes to Isaiah Ford and Bucky Hodges on the Hokies’ last two possessions of the first half that gave the Hokies the lead for good. Fuente became the first Tech coach to win his debut since Jerry Claiborne opened his tenure with a victory over William & Mary in 1961. The Hokies now gear up for Tennessee in the Battle at Bristol this Saturday at 8 p.m.

Virginia Tech
Athlete of the Week

Jerod Evans
(Football • Junior • QB • Dallas, Texas)
Jerod Evans threw four touchdown passes in the Hokies’ season-opening 36-13 victory over Liberty on Saturday – the most touchdown passes ever by a Tech quarterback in his debut. Evans completed 20 of 32 for 221 yards, as the Hokies won their season opener for the second time in three years and for the fourth time in six years.

Hokies move to 4-0 after win over another ranked foe

Collin Verfurth’s goal in the 84th minute propelled the Hokies to a 1-0 win over No. 24 Georgetown on Labor Day, giving the Hokies their second victory over a ranked foe this season and enabling them to remain unbeaten after four games. Goalkeeper Ben Lundgaard had six saves in recording his 12th shutout. The Hokies, who beat South Florida 4-1 in their home opener behind two goals from Marcelo Acuna, have started a season 4-0 for the first time since 2006. They open ACC play Friday night at Notre Dame, with the game starting at 7 p.m.

Richardson, Rau win, as Tech cross country teams open 2016 at Hokie Invite


Virginia Tech’s Kayla Richardson and Daniel Rau won the women’s and men’s races, respectively, at the Hokie Invite, as the Tech cross country teams open the 2016 season at the Buford Meredith Cross Country course on Tech’s campus. Competing in her first collegiate race, Richardson, a native of Blacksburg, ran the 4K course in a time of 14:13.90. Rau, running unattached, ran a 6K version of the course in a time of 18:52.40. Both Tech squads won the team competition and both resume action Sept. 16 at the Virginia Tech Alumni Invite. For an in-depth preview of both teams, please click here.

No. 16 Tech women’s soccer team bounces back with ‘W’ over William & Mary


Coming off a disappointing 2-1 loss to Ohio State, the Hokies responded by beating William & Mary 2-1 in a non-conference match played in Williamsburg, Virginia. Murielle Tiernan led the way, scoring both goals to give Tech its fourth road win of the season. Tiernan extended her school record with her 42nd and 43rd career goals. The Hokies now gear up for the Virginia Tech Women’s Soccer Tournament, which will be played this weekend. Tech plays Indiana on Friday evening at 7:30 and then meets Boston University on Sunday afternoon at 1:30 p.m.

Tech volleyball squad goes 1-2 in Puerto Rico

The Virginia Tech volleyball team went 1-2 in its three games at the Puerto Rico Clásico held in Bayamon, Puerto Rico over the weekend. The Hokies won a five-set affair against Temple, but lost to both Alabama and Texas A&M. Four-year standout Lindsey Owens became one of just six players in program history to record more than 1,000 kills and 1,000 digs – and the first since 2004.
The volleyball squad returns to action Friday at the Lipscomb Invitational in Nashville, Tennessee. Tech will play Northwestern on Friday morning at 10, followed by a game against Ole Miss that afternoon. The Hokies close the tournament with a game against host Lipscomb on Saturday at 2:30 p.m.

Getting to know ... Carol Raffety

Carol Raffety is a freshman on the Tech volleyball team and she answered a few questions about herself to help fans get to know her as a person and a volleyball player.
Q: Coming out of California, what made you choose Virginia Tech?
CR: : I feel like I’m a homebody. I have a hard time leaving home. Originally, I was looking at a lot of schools back on the West Coast, but I’d visit and they wouldn’t make it feel like home. It was nothing compared to Virginia Tech. Coming here and having all of these opportunities and people to help and support you … the other schools I visited didn’t have that. I was fine with going far away if I had a good support system. Having all of the trainers, the doctors, the sport psychologists, stuff like that. So I felt more at home and at peace here.
Q: What is your major?
CR: Human nutrition, foods and exercise. I want to be either a physical therapist or an athletic trainer, one or the other.
Q: You were born in Honolulu, Hawaii. What brought your family there?
CR: My dad was in the military. When my mom was pregnant with me, you had to be stationed somewhere else, so it was either Germany or Hawaii. It was originally going to be Germany, but if I were born there, I obviously wouldn’t be a U.S. citizen. So I was born in Hawaii and lived there for a year before moving back to California.
Q: You came to Tech as an outside hitter, but you’ve started your first six collegiate matches at libero. When was the last time you played the position?
CR: I had never played libero. This is my first time, but I’m really comfortable with playing defense and serve receiving is my favorite part of the game. I don’t know why. It usually gets people really nervous, but I get so comfortable. I came in and focused on passing and serve receiving because we have two amazing senior outside hitters [in Lindsey Owens and Amanda McKinzie].
Q: What’s your favorite part about playing the position?
CR:I love throwing my body on the ground. It’s fun. I’m really not graceful, but that doesn’t faze me because that’s just how I do it. I get hurt, but it’s fine. I just get bruises.
Q: Now that you’ve been on campus for a few months, what has been your favorite thing about being a Hokie?
CR: My favorite part is just coming into the gym, working out and playing volleyball. I’m still trying to get used to the class schedule and time management, but it’s all part of the experience. I thought I had a set idea in my head of what this experience was going to be like, but I don’t know. Next year, I could be a libero, an outside. It’s actually exciting. I’m just going with the flow.

Student Athlete Weekly

Senior fullback Sam Rogers answers 5 anticipated questions leading up to the Flying J Battle at Bristol this week.

Rising up!

Receiver C.J. Carroll goes up to make a catch during the Hokies’ season-opening win over Liberty in Lane Stadium. Virginia Tech will be moving up to the biggest stage ever for a collegiate football game when the Hokies take on Tennessee at the Bristol Motor Speedway at 8 p.m., this Saturday in front of a crowd that is predicted to be over 150,000 strong.