Thanks to an incredible start in which the Virginia Tech men’s basketball team hit 10 of its first 11 shots, the Hokies never trailed in beating Boston College 85-79 at Virginia Tech Carilion Court on Sunday. The win moved the Hokies to 16-5 overall and 5-4 in the ACC at the halfway point of conference play. The win also marked the 200th of head coach Buzz Williams’ career, which includes stops at New Orleans, Marquette and Tech. “Everything that has transpired in my career, whether it be as an assistant or head coach, has been way beyond anything that I dreamed,” Williams said following the game. Seth Allen and Justin Bibbs scored 18 points each for the Hokies, who shot 59.1 percent and made 12 3-pointers. Tech faces a much tougher task the next time out when the team travels to Charlottesville to take on rival Virginia on Wednesday.
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Seth Allen continued his terrific play over the course of the past month, leading the Hokies in scoring in games against North Carolina and Boston College. He scored 19 points and had five assists against the Tar Heels, and he added 18 points, six rebounds and four assists against BC. Allen is averaging 16.3 points per game over the past six games, and he is shooting 57.4 percent from the floor for the season. That percentage would lead all ACC guards provided Allen had enough made field goals per game to qualify.
Solomon Chishko, Sal Mastriani, and Zack Zavatsky won both of their matches over the weekend, as the No. 5 Tech wrestling squad knocked off No. 7 Lehigh 21-15 on Friday in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania and beat Duke 26-13 on Sunday at the Moss Arts Center on Tech’s campus. The wins moved the Hokies to 15-1 overall, 4-0 in the ACC. Chishko, who had been out of the lineup because of sickness, returned to get a 3-1 sudden victory decision over Lehigh’s Laike Gardner and then recorded a major decision victory over Duke’s Xaviel Ramos. Mastriani won by decision twice, and Zavatsky won by both decision and major decision, with the latter coming over Duke’s Alec Schenk. Tech now gets ready for a home match against NC State on Feb. 11 at 7 p.m. – a match that will decide the ACC’s dual meet championship.
Deakin Volz recorded his second straight win in a pole vault event, and Olivia Privitera notched her first win in the pole vault, as the two of them headlined the track and field teams’ performances over the weekend. Volz’s vault of 5.46 meters (17 feet, 11 inches) won the event on the men’s side, while Privitera set a personal-best with a vault of 3.92 meters (12 feet, 10.25 inches). Tech’s sprinters and hurdlers competed at the Bob Pollock Invitational in Clemson, South Carolina and Greg Chiles headlined the efforts by setting the school record in the 400 on his way to a third-place finish. Most of the squad gets ready for the Virginia Tech “Doc Hale” Elite Meet this weekend, though the distance runners will compete at the Camel City Invitational held this weekend in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
The Virginia Tech women’s tennis team got an early taste of ACC action when it took on Clemson at the ITA Kickoff Weekend held in Nashville, Tennessee, and the Hokies liked it, beating the Tigers 4-2 to rebound from a loss to No. 9 Vanderbilt on Friday. The doubles teams of Francesca Fusinato and Katherine Butler and Natalie Novotna and Sansitha Nandakumar combined to win the doubles point, and Fusinato, Novotna and Elena Cerezo-Codina each recorded wins in singles action to lift Tech to the win. Fusinato and Cerezo-Codina won over ranked opponents, as the Hokies moved to 3-1 on the season. The Hokies return to action this weekend when they travel to West Lafayette, Indiana for a Saturday match against Purdue.
The Virginia Tech cheerleading nationals team competed at UCA College Nationals on Jan. 13-15 in Orlando, Florida. In addition to the collegiate national championships, they also competed in the World University Cheerleading Cup Championships for the first time, earning a seventh-place finish. Five countries were represented in this division, including the United States, Chile, Puerto Rico, Jamaica and Japan. “This is the most proud I have ever been of this team,” senior captain Claire Schrunk said. “We really went in there, we knew what we needed to do, and we killed it. I’m so proud of everyone.”
The No. 5 Tech wrestling squad was center stage in Blacksburg again Sunday as the Hokies beat ACC foe Duke 26-13 at the beautiful Moss Arts Center on the Virginia Tech campus. The Hokies have a week off before taking on NC State at 7 p.m., Feb. 11 on Virginia Tech Carilion Court at Cassell Coliseum with the ACC dual meet championship on the line.