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Tech athletics launches Drive for 25 campaign

The Virginia Tech Athletics Department announced on Monday the launching of a “Drive for 25” campaign, with the department seeking to increase membership in the Virginia Tech Athletic Fund (aka the “Hokie Club”) to 25,000 members. The reason for the initiative is to raise the financial resources needed to provide scholarships to student-athletes. Tuition, fees and cost of attendance increases continue to climb, and the department projects the scholarship bill for 2016-17 to be around $14.4 million. The Hokie Club raised $11.5 million for scholarships last year. Former Virginia Tech head football coach Frank Beamer will serve as the spokesperson for the campaign, and the Hokie Club will solicit new members through a future mass mailing. For more information on the campaign, please click on this specially created website –

No. 24 Tech women’s hoops team perfect at 10-0

Six Virginia Tech players scored in double figures, as the No. 24 Hokies rolled to a 98-51 victory over Bowling Green on Sunday at Virginia Tech Carilion Court. Samantha Hill led the way with 21 points, and Tech scored its most points since dropping 103 against High Point in the 2007-08 season opener. The Hokies shot 54 percent from the floor and hit 13 3-pointers. They will try to continue their winning ways next Sunday when they travel to Auburn, Alabama for a game against the Auburn Tigers. The tip off is slated for 4 p.m.

Virginia Tech
Athlete of the Week

Chanette Hicks
(Women's Basketball • Sophomore • Point Guard • Norfolk, Virginia)
Chanette Hicks led Virginia Tech to a 3-0 record on the week, averaging 16.3 points, 5.7 assists and 4.3 steals per game in the three-game span. She connected on 56.3 percent from the field on the week, including a 60 percent clip against Bowling Green. Hicks dished the ball out 17 times, while just turning it over four for a 4.3 assist-to-turnover ratio. The sophomore opened the week dropping in 16 points and dishing out seven assists against Gardner Webb, as the Hokies defeated the Runnin’ Bulldogs 76-42. Against Central Connecticut State, Hicks again tallied 16 points and added five steals to the stat line, with Tech picking up an 81-47 decision. In the final game of the week, Hicks upped her point tally to 17, handed out six assists, had five steals and two blocks, as the Hokies routed BGSU 98-51.

Tech men’s hoops squad keeps rolling

Ahmed Hill scored six of his 20 points in the final minute to carry the Virginia Tech men’s basketball team to an 80-75 win over Ole Miss on Sunday at Virginia Tech Carilion Court. The win capped a week in which the Hokies went 2-0, following a victory over Maryland-Eastern Shore. It also marked the Hokies’ fourth straight and moved them to 8-1 overall. Hill, who tied his career high with nine rebounds, hit three 3-pointers, as the Hokies hit 10 overall. Tech is off to its best start since opening the 2012 season with an 8-1 mark and continues its season Saturday with a home game against The Citadel. The tip off is slated for 1 p.m.

Fuente consensus ACC Coach of the Year

Virginia Tech football coach Justin Fuente, who took over for Frank Beamer following Beamer’s retirement after the 2015 season, capped a tremendous 10-day span when he was named the ACC Coach of the Year by three different organizations. The Atlantic Coach Sports Media Association named him the league’s coach of the year on Nov. 29, while The Associated Press honored him with the same award last Wednesday. On Thursday, the league’s coaches named him the ACC Coach of the Year. Fuente has guided the Hokies, who play Arkansas in the Belk Bowl on Dec. 29, to a 9-4 record and a Coastal Division crown.

Tech student-athletes show thanks to athletics department

Members of Virginia Tech’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) took part of a morning last week to deliver donuts to administrators and coaches within the Tech athletics department as a way to say “Thank You” for all those people had done for them this fall. The donuts came from Carol Lee, a local Blacksburg business, and those working in training, psychology, nutrition, strength and conditioning, equipment, strategic communications, tickets and facilities all received a visit from members of the committee who passed out the donuts.

Excitement building for Hokies’ bowl game

After celebrating nine regular-season wins, a Coastal Division championship and extending their winning streak over Virginia, the Hokies are preparing to take on Arkansas in the Belk Bowl on December 29. Hokie Nation is getting ready to paint Charlotte maroon and orange and turn Bank of America Stadium into Lane Stadium South.