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Offense lifts Tech to first win at Heinz, moves to No. 23 in poll

Joey Slye tied a school and ACC record with six field goals and Jerod Evans threw for 406 yards and two touchdowns to guide Virginia Tech to a 39-36 win over Pittsburgh at Heinz Field last Thursday night. Also, receivers Isaiah Ford, Bucky Hodges and Cam Phillips finished with more than 100 yards receiving, becoming the first trio in school history to catch more than 100 yards worth of passes in a single game. The win marked Tech’s first at Heinz Field and the program’s first in the city of Pittsburgh since 1999. The Hokies moved to 6-2 overall, 4-1 in the ACC, and to No. 23 in the latest Associated Press poll. Tech takes on Duke next Saturday in Durham, North Carolina.

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Virginia Tech Athletics presents its weekly video wrap-up of Tech sports, filling you in on game action from recent events.

Hokies beat Pitt to end regular season, qualify for ACC Championship

Humberto Montero and Gino Rossi each scored goals to help the Virginia Tech men’s soccer team knock off Pittsburgh 2-1 on Senior Day in Blacksburg in the regular-season for both teams. Tech moved to 10-4-3 on the season and finished 3-4-1 in ACC action, qualifying for the ACC Championship for the first time since 2014. The Hokies have won 10 games for the first time since 2007 and three ACC games for just the third time since the school joined the league for the 2004-05 academic year. They travel to Boston College to take on the Eagles on Wednesday.

Tech cross county teams run well at ACC Championships

The Tech women’s cross country team made history at the ACC Championships this past Friday, coming in third place in the team competition – easily the program’s best finish at the ACC meet since the school joined the league for the 2004-05 academic year. Katie Kennedy’s 11th-place finish led the Hokies, whose previous best finish came in 2005 and 2006 when they came in fifth. On the men’s side, Tech was fourth behind the running of Andrew Gaiser and Daniel Jaskowak, who came in 16th and 17th, respectively. Kennedy, Gaiser and Jaskowak all earned All-ACC honors for Tech, which returns to action Nov. 4 at the Hokie Open.

Getting to know ... Katie Kennedy

Virginia Tech runner Katie Kennedy has been the most consistent runner on the women’s cross country squad this fall. The junior from Springfield, Virginia has finished in the top 25 of all five races so far, including an 11th-place finish at the recently concluded ACC Championships.
Q: What is your dream vacation?
KK: New Zealand – the scenery is breathtaking!
Q: What’s your favorite place to eat?
KK: India Garden in Blacksburg.
Q: What is your favorite city that you've visited?
KK: Venice, Italy
Q: If you could play another sport, what would it be?
KK: Soccer. I used to play before I took up running, and I'll always miss it.
Q: If you could live anywhere, where would it be?
KK: Anywhere in Europe. I love the European culture.
Q: If you could trade places with someone for a day, who would it be?
KK: HGTV Fixer Upper's Joanna Gaines!
Q: What are you listening to these days?
KK: The new Kings of Leon album & the new Lady Gaga album!
Q: What is the talent you’d most like to have?
KK: Keeping in touch with my friends and family. I'm the worst at that!
Q: Why did you choose Virginia Tech?
KK: I chose Virginia Tech because it was great to see how Tech track athletes have improved their performances throughout their college careers. I wanted to go somewhere where I could make the most of my time, and I chose perfectly.
Q: What is your favorite thing about being a Virginia Tech runner?
KK: Having the opportunity to wear the "VT" across my chest and knowing I never want to disappoint. It's those moments I'll cherish forever. 

Virginia Tech
Athlete of the Week

Joey Slye
(Football • Junior • Placekicker • Stafford, Va.)
Joey Slye had a record-setting game in the Hokies’ 39-36 win over Pittsburgh last Thursday. His six field goals tied a school and ACC record, and his 21 points were the most ever by a Tech kicker in a single game. In addition, he finished with six touchbacks, giving him 46 on the season and 102 for his career.

Tech wrestlers with lofty expectations, as season gets ready to start

Coming off a fourth-place finish at the NCAA Wrestling Championships last March and featuring a lineup that includes six who have earned All-America honors at some point in their careers, the Virginia Tech wrestling team opens the 2016-17 season this Saturday with matches against Edinboro and VMI at Virginia Tech Carilion Court starting at 1 p.m. Seniors Joey Dance and Ty Walz, along with junior Zach Epperly and Jared Haught, anchor a team that is ranked No. 4 in the FloWrestling preseason poll. For an in-depth look at the team, please read here.

Tech women’s soccer team nets win in regular-season finale

In her final regular-season game, Murielle Tiernan did what she does best – scored a goal. Tiernan’s goal in the 35th minute lifted Tech to a 1-0 win over Wake Forest in Blacksburg in the regular-season finale for both squads. Tiernan’s goal marked her team-leading 10th of the season, including her fifth game-winner. She holds the school record for both career goals (49) and career game-winning goals (23). Tech moved to 10-5-3 overall and recorded a 2-4-3 record in ACC play. The Hokies did not qualify for the ACC tournament and will be awaiting their NCAA fate.

Hokies close fall with top-10 finish in Louisville

The Virginia Tech women’s golf team closed the fall portion of its schedule with an eighth-place finish at the Cardinal Cup held at the University of Louisville Golf Club in Simpsonville, Kentucky. Amanda Hollandsworth finished in a tie for 10th place after shooting rounds of 78, 72 and 75. The performance marked her second top-10 finish of the fall. Also, Whitney Stevenson recorded her best finish of the fall, coming in 16th. The Hokies resume action in late February when they compete at the Hurricane Invitational in Miami.

Tech men wrap up fall golf season with strong effort in Greensboro

The Virginia Tech men’s golf team finished 1-under-par at the Bridgestone Golf Collegiate, coming in 10th place at the two-day event held at the Grandover Resort in Greensboro, North Carolina. Sarit Suwannarut shot 2-under-par to finish in a tie for 27th in the individual race, as the Hokies concluded the fall season. He finished 10 strokes behind the medalist. Tech returns to action in late February when it travels to Puerto Rico for the Puerto Rico Classic.

Hokie Nation hits the road!

A fair number of Tech fans made the trek north to Heinz Field in Pittsburgh last Thursday night and celebrated a 39-36 win with their beloved Hokies. This Saturday, Tech takes on Duke in Durham, North Carolina, and Hokie Nation will no doubt head south en masse to support Coach Justin Fuente and his team in this critical 3:30 p.m. ACC Coastal Division game at newly renovated Wallace Wade Stadium.