Behind the play of Seth Allen, the Virginia Tech men’s basketball team registered important ACC wins over Georgia Tech and Clemson last week to move to 15-4 overall on the season, 4-3 in ACC play. Allen’s layup with 15 seconds left was the difference in a 62-61 win over the Yellow Jackets, while his 3-pointer with 31 seconds left against the Tigers was the big play in an 82-81 win. Allen, who is shooting 56.6 percent from the floor this season, scored 17 points in both games for the Hokies, who travel to North Carolina for a game against the Tar Heels on Thursday night.
(Men's Basketball • Redshirt Senior • Guard • Woodbridge, Va.)
Allen scored 17 points in each of the Hokies’ two wins over the past week, and he also made the big plays down the stretch to lift the Hokies to one-point victories over both Georgia Tech and Clemson. Against Georgia Tech he was 6 of 9 from the floor, including three 3-pointers, and he hit 6 of 10 from the floor against Clemson, adding another three 3-pointers and six assists. He went 12 of 19 from the floor in the two wins, including 6 of 11 from beyond the 3-point arc. His 56.6 percent shooting percentage would be leading all guards in the ACC if he had enough made baskets per game to qualify.
Jared Haught recorded a pin at 197 pounds and five other Virginia Tech wrestlers recorded major decision victories to pace the No. 5 Hokies in a 29-14 win over Virginia in the latest edition of the Commonwealth Clash. That, combined with a 38-9 blasting of Pittsburgh on Friday night, propelled the Hokies to a 13-1 overall record, 3-0 in the ACC. Against the Panthers, Haught won 19-6, and Zach Epperly pinned his opponent at 174 pounds, all as part of an evening in which the Hokies finished with four bonus point victories. The Hokies, though, will be tested later this week when they travel to Lehigh to take on the No. 7 Mountain Hawks in a battle of two top-10 teams on Friday night. Tech returns home following the match and will take on Duke this Sunday at the Moss Arts Center.
Rachel Pocratsky set a school record in the women’s 1,000-meter run, and both Daniel Jaskowak (men’s mile) and Deakin Volz (men’s pole vault) won their respective events, as the Hokies set 29 personal records over the course of the three-day meet. Pocratsky’s time of 2:44.23 edged the school record of 2:44.54 set by Amanda Smith in 2015. Jaskowak’s time of 4:07.37 led a contingent of orange and maroon in the event, with the Hokies sweeping the top four spots. Volz’s vault of 5.51 meters (18 feet, 1 inch) was a personal best and also the fifth-best indoor vault in Tech history. The Hokies continue their season this weekend, but will split up their team to compete in meets at both Penn State and Clemson.
Virginia Tech women’s soccer goalkeeper Mandy McGlynn received an invitation to participate in the U.S.A. women’s soccer under-19 domestic camp, which will be held in Sunrise, Florida outside of Miami and run from Saturday through next week. McGlynn is no stranger to the U.S. women’s soccer national contingent, having participated in several camps and on the U-18 squad that participated in the International Cup in Northern Ireland last November. McGlynn, a Jacksonville, Florida native, started in goal for the Hokies as a freshman last season, and despite missing three games for the International Cup, went 11-4-1, recording 58 saves in 16 starts. McGlynn hopes eventually to make the U.S. team for the U-20 Women’s World Cup, which will be played in France next year.
The Virginia Tech swimming and diving teams sent its seniors off in grand style, with the Hokies beating both Cincinnati and Rutgers at the Christiansburg Aquatic Center over the weekend. The men’s team beat Cincinnati 195-141, while the women’s team toppled Cincinnati 231-113.5 and Rutgers 191-157. Senior Fiona Donnelly led the women, winning both the 200 individual medley and the 100 backstroke, while another senior, Jessica Hespeler, was victorious in the 500 freestyle. On the men’s side, seniors Robert Owen and Zach Switzer won the 200 IM and the 200 backstroke, respectively. Also, junior Ian Ho won both the 50 and 100 freestyle events. Both Tech teams close the regular season with the Virginia Tech Invitational on Feb. 4-5 before heading to the ACC championships. The women’s championships will be held Feb. 13-16 in Atlanta.
The Virginia Tech women’s tennis team got its spring season started in the right way, recording two wins on Saturday at the Burrows-Burleson Tennis Center on the Hokies’ campus. Tech beat Troy 5-2 to start the spring campaign and then rolled past East Tennessee State 5-2 later Saturday evening. Against Troy, the Hokies lost the doubles point, but got five victories in singles, led by Francesca Fusinato’s 6-3, 6-0 win at the No. 1 spot. The Hokies won the doubles point against ETSU and then rolled in singles behind Fusinato’s 6-1, 6-1 win at No. 1. Freshmen Natalie Novotna, Shene Disbergen and Nancy Ghanem all won as well. Tech returns to the court Friday when it travels to Vanderbilt for a match against the Commodores.
Sophomore Deakin Volz won the men’s pole vault at the Hokie Invitational Saturday, with an indoor personal-record vault of 5.51 meters (18 feet, 1 inch). With a strong contingent of vaulters and other young competitors — and major renovations to Rector Field House scheduled this year — thing are looking up for the Virginia Tech track & field teams.