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For the first time since 2007, the Virginia Tech men’s soccer team will be playing in the NCAA championships, as the Hokies received an at-large bid when the NCAA selection committee announced the field Monday afternoon. Tech will take on East Tennessee State – a team it beat 3-1 in a scrimmage Aug. 16 – on Thursday at Thompson Field on Tech’s campus. The Hokies enter the tournament with a 10-4-4 record, and the 10 wins marked their most since winning 14 in 2007. Tech also won three ACC matches this past season, tying for the most since joining the league for the 2004-05 academic year.
Kenny Brooks got his tenure as the Virginia Tech women’s basketball coach off to a rousing start, as the Hokies opened the season with a 71-52 victory over UNC Asheville on Friday and then beat Georgetown 73-63 on Sunday. Chanette Hicks paced the Hokies with 24 points against UNC Asheville and Regan Magarity had 23 points and eight rebounds in Tech’s win over Georgetown. The Hokies, who opened the season 2-0 for the second straight year, continue the season with a 7 p.m., game against Presbyterian on Wednesday.
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Regan Magarity helped the Hokies to two wins to open the 2016-17 season under new head coach Kenny Brooks. In Tech’s victory over UNC Asheville in the season opener, Magarity scored 12 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Against Georgetown on Sunday, Magarity led the Hokies in scoring with 23 points, while grabbing eight rebounds. She is averaging 17.5 points and 7.5 rebounds per game through two games.
The Tech men’s basketball team opened the season with a victory, as the Hokies used a double-double from Zach LeDay to beat Maine 80-67 at Cassell Coliseum this past Friday. Four players scored in double figures, including Ahmed Hill, who returned to the court after missing all of last season with a knee injury. Hill scored 14 points. Ty Outlaw, who sat out last season with a heart condition, also returned and played 15 minutes. The Hokies return to action tonight with a 7 p.m., game against High Point.
Playing at their home away from home – the Moss Arts Center on the Tech campus, the No. 6 Hokies cruised to an easy 29-6 victory over No. 24 Chattanooga on Sunday afternoon. Sal Mastriani won by technical fall at 157 pounds, while Joey Dance (125), Solomon Chishko (149), and Zach Epperly (174) each won by major decision. Ty Walz, ranked No. 3 in the country, took a 13-7 decision over No. 11 Jared Johnson at heavyweight and the Hokies lost only two matches in moving to 3-0 on the season. The team will be tested in its next two matches, as Tech travels to No. 23 Northern Iowa for a match on Friday and then heads to Missouri for a match against the No. 5 Tigers on Sunday.
The Virginia Tech men’s cross country team came in sixth, while the women’s team finished eighth at the NCAA Southeast Regional held Friday at Panorama Farms outside of Charlottesville, Virginia. Four Tech runners earned all-region honors by virtue of finishing in the top 25 – Brent Musselman, Andrew Gaiser, Daniel Jaskowak and Katie Kennedy. Musselman’s 19th-place finish led the men’s team, as he ran the 10K course in a career-best time of 29 minutes, 53.8 seconds. Kennedy came in 21st on the women’s side, running the 6K race in a time of 21:05.1. Both squads needed to finish in the top two to receive an automatic bid to the NCAA championships and neither received an at-large bid. Members of both teams will start training for the indoor track season in a couple of weeks.
Sparked by seniors Amanda McKinzie and Lindsey Owens, who were playing in their final game at Virginia Tech Carilion Court, the Virginia Tech volleyball team rolled past Wake Forest 3-0 (25-22, 25-16, 25-19) on Sunday afternoon. Owens finished with a team-high 20 digs and 15 kills, while McKinzie had 12 kills and 10 digs. The Hokies moved to 10-17 overall, 5-11 in the ACC, and play their final four games of the season on the road, starting with a game at BC on Nov. 18.
Quarterback Jerod Evans accounted for 391 yards and three touchdowns, but he also turned the ball over twice – part of a four-turnover day that doomed the Hokies in a 30-20 loss to Georgia Tech at Lane Stadium this past Saturday. With the loss, the Hokies fell to 7-3 overall, 5-2 in the ACC, missing an opportunity to clinch the league’s Coastal Division crown. Georgia Tech scored 17 points off of Virginia Tech turnovers on a day when the Hokies’ Isaiah Ford became the school’s all-time leader in career receptions. Virginia Tech will try to right ship Saturday when it travels to Notre Dame for a 3 p.m., game.
Virginia Tech football standout Chuck Clark has been one of the team’s most consistent performers over the past three seasons, having started 33 straight games. He was willing to answer the following questions to allow fans to get to know him as more than just a talented student-athlete.
Q: What is your dream vacation?
CC: I’d go to Egypt, definitely. I just love the history of it and how it looks. I’d love to see the pyramids. To know that people actually built those and the work they put into it … that’s crazy.
Q: What’s your favorite place to eat?
CC: Living in Blacksburg, it would be a toss up between Chipotle and Cookout.
Q: What is your favorite city that you've visited?
CC: I’ve been to a lot of big cities because of football, but I haven’t gotten to experience them. I would say Atlanta because I went there on my own. There is a lot going on. That’s what I liked about it.
Q: If you could play another sport, what would it be?
CC: Baseball, definitely. I played it a lot growing up.
Q: If you could live anywhere, where would it be?
CC: Somewhere overseas, probably some place close to the water.
Q: If you could trade places with someone for a day, who would it be?
CC: Coach Fuente. I’d like to see what it’s like to be a head coach for a day.
Q: What are you listening to these days?
CC: You can find some down-south rap, up-north rap, West Coast, J. Cole, Kendrick Lamar, Ace Hood, Kodak Black … a lot of everything. I don’t like to limit myself. I like R&B, too.
Q: What is the talent you’d most like to have?
CC: Singing, definitely.
Q: Why did you choose Virginia Tech?
CC: I only had two scholarship offers and that was UVA and Virginia Tech. I knew everyone here longer, and my coach knew people here. I just felt better about coming here.
Q: What is your favorite thing about Virginia Tech football?
CC: The people here and all the fans. Hokie Nation makes it everything that it is.
For the seventh consecutive year, the Virginia Tech baseball team held its annual “Shave for the Brave” event to raise awareness and money for childhood cancer research. This year, the Hokies teamed with the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets, and together, both groups raised more than $21,000, with money still remaining to be counted. The Tech baseball program now has raised more than $150,000 since beginning its “Shave for the Brave” campaign. The event was part of the program’s “19 Ways” campaign in which it seeks participate in 19 various events/initiatives that benefit the local community.
Virginia Tech took on the University of Maine in the season opener, and prior to the contest both teams assisted current and former members of the military displaying a giant flag at Virginia Tech Carilion Court to honor those heroes on Veterans Day. The Hokies won the game 80-67, and the women’s basketball team won a pair of games at Cassell to open their season as well. Both teams are back in action at Cassell this week, with the men taking on High Point at 7 p.m., tonight, and VMI at 7 p.m., Saturday, and the women facing Presbyterian at 7 p.m., Wednesday.