Coming off its first loss of the season, the No. 17 Virginia Tech women’s basketball team returned to its winning ways with a 72-70 victory over Wake Forest on Monday afternoon at Virginia Tech Carilion Court. Chanette Hicks scored a career-high 29 points, as the Hokies held on late to move to 16-1 overall, 3-1 in ACC action. Tech, which had lost to Miami on Wednesday, remained perfect at home this season (12-0). The Hokies will look to continue their strong start when they travel to Duke for a game on Thursday night.
Behind strong performances from Joey Dance and Ty Walz, the No. 5 Virginia Tech wrestling squad won the Virginia Duals held at the Hampton Coliseum in Hampton, Virginia over the weekend. The Hokies beat No. 15 Oklahoma 24-10 in the finals after knocking off North Dakota State 22-15 in the semifinals. Dance went 4-0 on the weekend, culminating in his pin of Oklahoma’s Christian Moody. He recorded two technical falls and the pin, while Walz had two technical falls. The Hokies moved to 11-1 overall on the season and return to the mat on Friday with a home match against ACC foe Pittsburgh.
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Dance went 4-0 for the fifth-ranked Virginia Tech wrestling team this past weekend at the Virginia Duals. His undefeated weekend featured a 5-3 decision over No. 4 Josh Rodriguez in the Hokies' comeback win against North Dakota State in the semifinals. His win over Rodriguez was also the 100th of his career, making him just the 10th wrestler in program history to eclipse 100 career victories. Dance pinned Christian Moody of No. 15 Oklahoma in the championship match to put the Hokies out in front early, and overall, he racked up 19 match points, including seven bonus points, in four matches.
Freshmen Eszter Bajnok, Arlicia Bush and Michael Davenport all won their respective events, as the Virginia Tech track and field teams opened the 2017 indoor season at the Virginia Tech Invitational held at Rector Field House this past weekend. Tech’s track athletes recorded 31 top-five marks in a meet that featured 12 teams. Bajnok claimed the title in the triple jump with a top leap of 12.52 meters (41 feet, 1 inch), while Bush won the 500-meter dash in a time of 1:14.09 and Davenport won the 300 in a time of 34.03 seconds. Other winners included Hanna Green (mile), Rachel Pocratsky (1,000) and Drew Piazza (mile), who ran unattached. Both squads will participate in the Hokie Invitational held this weekend at Rector.
The Virginia Tech men’s basketball team led the entire second half en route to an 83-73 win over Syracuse last Tuesday, but couldn’t quite rally from a 19-point deficit against Notre Dame on Saturday, falling 76-71. The 1-1 record on the week left the Hokies at 13-4 overall on the season, 2-3 in ACC action. Justin Bibbs scored 18 points to lead five players in double figures against Syracuse, while Chris Clarke had 21 in the loss to Notre Dame. Tech continues ACC play Wednesday with a 9 p.m., game against Georgia Tech at Virginia Tech Carilion Court.
The Tech swimming and diving teams took on rival Virginia in a dual meet held in Charlottesville this past weekend, and the Hokie men’s team dropped a close 199-154 decision to the Cavaliers. The women’s team fell 225-123. Ben Schiesl won the 1-meter and 3-meter diving events, and Brandon Fiala won three events over the weekend. On the women’s side, Ashlynn Peters won the 3-meter diving event, and Klaudia Nazieblo won three events. She also was part of the 400 freestyle relay team that won. Both Tech squads return to action this weekend for a tri-meet at the Christiansburg Aquatic Center in a meet in which Tech’s seniors will be honored.
Freshman Eszter Bajnok, the 2016 Hungarian Junior Female Athlete of the Year, had a successful collegiate debut, winning the triple jump at the Virginia Tech invitational. Hailing from Kethely, Hungary, she is one of many Tech newcomers that show great promise for the Hokies.