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Hokies rally for win over Notre Dame in programs’ first meeting

In its first meeting ever with Notre Dame, the Virginia Tech football team twice rallied from 17-point deficits to knock off the Irish 34-31 on a cold, windy evening at Notre Dame Stadium this past Saturday. Joey Slye’s 20-yard field goal was the difference, as Tech scored the final 13 points of the game. Quarterback Jerod Evans accounted for 334 yards of offense and threw two touchdown passes, while rushing for one. The Hokies’ defense held the Irish to just six first downs in the second half. Tech now returns home for its final game of the regular season, as the Hokies will be looking for their 13th consecutive win over Virginia on Saturday.

Getting to know ... Nigel Williams

Though injured for a chunk of this season, Virginia Tech football standout Nigel Williams has been one of the team’s most consistent performers over the past three seasons from his defensive tackle position. 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?
NW: I went on a cruise a couple of years ago with [former Tech punter] A.J. Hughes, and that was a lot of fun. So I’d say any type of cruise anywhere, but probably the Caribbean.
Q: What’s your favorite place to eat?
NW: I’m a seafood guy, and I love Captain George’s in Williamsburg. That’s one of my favorite places. Also anywhere in New Orleans; there is a lot of good food there.
Q: What is your favorite city that you've visited?
NW: I’d say Orlando or New Orleans. Both of them have a lot of attractions to see, and it’s a lot of fun to go there, especially with your friends.
Q: If you could play another sport, what would it be?
NW: I wish I was good at baseball. I was the catcher on my tee ball team. I didn’t have a high ceiling.
Q: If you could live anywhere, where would it be?
NW: I’m a city kind of guy. My mom’s side is in Philadelphia, and my dad’s side is in Baltimore. I live in Richmond. I’ve been to the Charlotte area a couple of times, and I like that area, so some place like that.
Q: If you could trade places with someone for a day, who would it be?
NW: I’d like to see what a day would be like in Lebron James’ shoes – just knowing that you’re the king of the basketball universe and having everyone look up to you. That would be a good time.
Q: What are you listening to these days?
NW: I have been listening to a variety of stuff recently – the old Lauryn Hill album, some old Jay Z, and old reliable J. Cole, and Childish Gambino. I haven’t been listening to a lot of new stuff, just mostly old music right now.
Q: What is the talent you’d most like to have?
NW: I wish I could play the piano or sing.
Q: Why did you choose Virginia Tech?
NW: The biggest aspect was the family environment and how focused they were on my education. Just being around the guys, I felt at home in the locker room. They made you feel like you belonged.
Q: What is your favorite thing about Virginia Tech football?
NW: Just the camaraderie with the guys. Hanging with the guys, spending time with them inside the locker room and off the field. Just growing with each other.
Q: What are your future plans?
NW: I’m going to give the NFL a shot in the spring, but I want to do something as far as financial planning and work toward my CFP (certified financial planner). I’m looking forward to it. Just working through it all day by day.

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Sweet 16-bound: Tech men’s soccer advances

Following a first-round NCAA tournament win over East Tennessee State at Thompson Field on Thursday, the Virginia Tech men’s soccer team advanced to the Sweet 16 with a 3-2 road upset of No. 10 Charlotte on Sunday afternoon. The Hokies’ Nico Quashie scored the game winner in the 87th minute to send the Hokies to the next round. Marcelo Acuna scored two goals for Tech, which scored all of its goals in the second half and moved to 12-4-4 on the season. The Hokies will play at Indiana on Sunday at Noon.

Virginia Tech
Athlete of the Week

Marcelo Acuna
(Men's Soccer • Junior • Forward • San Jose, Costa Rica)
Marcelo Acuna scored two goals in the second half of the Hokies’ 3-2 upset of No. 10 seed Charlotte in the second round of the NCAA championships on Sunday. Acuna’s first goal tied the game at 1 and his second goal gave the Hokies a 2-1 lead. Acuna has started all 20 games for the Hokies this fall and leads the team in goals (11) and points (24).

Hokies keep rolling under Brooks

It hasn’t taken long for Kenny Brooks to get the Virginia Tech women’s basketball team trending in the right direction. The Hokies won two games this past week, beating Presbyterian 67-36 last Wednesday and knocking off UCF 67-64 on Saturday. The wins moved the Hokies to 4-0 on the season for the first time since 2013. Sidney Cook’s 16 points and 12 rebounds led the Hokies to the win over the Blue Hose, and Cook’s 17 points and nine rebounds paced the efforts against UCF. Tech looks to continue its winning ways tonight at Charleston in a game that tips at 6:30 p.m.

Tech men head into Thanksgiving with 3-0 mark

The Virginia Tech men’s basketball team won two games over the course of five days, beating High Point 99-73 and downing VMI 88-72, both at Virginia Tech Carilion Court. Ahmed Hill hit a career-high six 3-pointers en route to a career-high 20 points against High Point, while Zach LeDay registered a double-double with 23 points and 12 rebounds against the Keydets. The Hokies now head to California to play in the Wooden Legacy tournament that starts on Thanksgiving Day. They open with New Mexico at 4:30 p.m., ET.

Tech wrestlers split on road trip

Facing two ranked opponents on the road over the weekend, the No. 6 Virginia Tech wrestling team came away with a split, beating No. 22 Northern Iowa 27-10 in Cedar Falls, Iowa on Friday, while falling to No. 5 Missouri 23-19 in Columbia, Missouri on Sunday. Against Northern Iowa, the Hokies won eight of 10 matches. Sal Mastriani recorded a technical fall at 157 pounds and Solomon Chishko beat No. 18 Max Thomsen 6-2 to lead the way. Against Missouri, Joey Dance, Zach Epperly, Zack Zavatsky and Ty Walz recorded wins. The Hokies take two weeks off before competing at the Las Vegas Invitational held in Las Vegas on Dec. 2-3.

First half of season complete for Tech swimming and diving teams

The Virginia Tech swimming and diving teams concluded the first half of the season with victories in the Hokie Fall Invitational held at the Christiansburg Aquatic Center on Thursday-Saturday. The men’s team tallied 1,121 points in beating nine other teams, while the women registered 1,287 against seven other squads. On the women’s side, Jessica Hespeler (500 freestyle, 200 freestyle and 1,650 freestyle) and Klaudia Nazieblo (100 butterfly, 100 backstroke and 200 backstroke) each won three events. On the men’s side, Norbert Szabo won three events (200 IM, 100 butterfly and 200 butterfly), while Robert Owen won two (400 IM, 200 backstroke). Ben Schiesl (1-meter), Mauro Castro-Silva (3-meter) and T.J. Shinholser (platform) helped Tech sweep the diving events. The Hokies return to action Jan. 2 against Buffalo in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Tech volleyball notches third straight win

Heading to the Northeast turned out to be exactly what the Virginia Tech volleyball team needed, as the Hokies rolled to two wins, beating Boston College 3-0 (25-21, 25-21, 25-20) and Syracuse 3-1 (21-25, 25-19, 25-22, 27-25). With the two wins, the Hokies moved to 12-17 overall, 7-11 in the ACC. Lindsey Owens led Tech with 15 kills and 18 digs against the Orange, while Amanda McKinzie had 15 kills and 14 digs against BC. The Hokies close the season with a match at Pittsburgh on Wednesday and one at Virginia on Friday.

Jumping for joy in South Bend!

At historic Notre Dame Stadium, the Hokies made a little history themselves, coming back from a three-score deficit twice to earn a hard-fought 34-31 victory in the first meeting between the two teams. The win in South Bend put Tech at 8-3 on the season with in-state rival Virginia coming to Lane Stadium this Saturday to battle for the Commonwealth Cup. With a 13th consecutive victory over the ‘Hoos, the Hokies would earn the ACC Coastal Division crown and earn a spot in the ACC championship game in Orlando on Dec. 3.