Seniors Joey Dance and Ty Walz dominated their respective weight classes over the weekend in lifting Virginia Tech’s wrestling team to home wins over No. 8 NC State and No. 16 South Dakota State. The victory over NC State helped the No. 5 Hokies claim the ACC’s dual meet title for the third consecutive season and gave the program its fifth ACC title overall. Dance (125 pounds) and Walz (heavyweight) each recorded two bonus point victories, and fellow senior Sal Mastriani also won twice, as the three were honored Sunday on Senior Day. Tech will take on Nebraska on Sunday at Virginia Tech Carilion Court as part of the National Duals. The match starts at 6:30 p.m.
The Virginia Tech men’s basketball left everything on the floor Sunday evening, as the Hokies defeated No. 12 Virginia 80-78 in double overtime after bouncing back from a 14-point deficit at halftime. With the win, Tech moved to 17-7 overall, 6-6 in the ACC. Seth Allen led the Hokies with 20 points, shooting 6 of 14 from the floor while also scoring the game-winning basket with 3.2 seconds remaining. Justin Bibbs added 16 points, while Zach LeDay added 11 before fouling out with 1:22 left in regulation. Chris Clarke suffered a season-ending knee injury with less than 10 minutes left in regulation. The Hokies have a quick turnaround, as they hit the road to play at Pittsburgh tonight at 7 p.m.
(Men's Basketball • Redshirt Senior • Fredericksburg, Va.)
Allen scored 20 points, including a layup with 3.2 seconds remaining in the second overtime, to lift the Virginia Tech men’s basketball team to an 80-78 victory over No. 12 Virginia at Virginia Tech Carilion Court on Sunday evening. He hit 6 of 14 from the floor, including three 3-pointers, grabbed four rebounds, and dished out two assists. He’s now scored in double figures in nine straight games and is shooting 54.3 percent from the floor (45 percent from beyond the 3-point arc).
The John Sung era has begun, and it’s off to a terrific start, as the new head coach has his Virginia Tech lacrosse team at 2-0 for the first time since 2012 following wins over Gardner-Webb and Davidson, both at the Hokies’ indoor practice facility on Patrick D. Cupp Field. In the opener, Tristan McGinley scored five goals in the Hokies’ 21-5 win, as Tech came within two goals of the school’s single-game scoring record. McGinley added five more goals in Tech’s 13-7 win over Davidson. The Hokies will try to keep up their winning ways with a victory over James Madison on Wednesday. The game time is set for 4 p.m.
Freshman Carrie Eberle pitched six strong innings and Olivia Lattin drove in two runs to lead the Virginia Tech softball team to a 6-2 win in the finale of the Sportco Classic held in Las Vegas over the weekend. The Hokies went 3-1 in the season-opening tournament. Eberle won twice, and Aysha Richardson led the way at the plate for Tech, going 4-for-8, with three runs and two RBI. The Hokies return to action this Friday when they start play in the three-day, four-game ACC-Big Ten Challenge held in Atlanta. Tech will take on Iowa and Penn State twice each.
The men’s 4x400-meter relay team of Drew Piazza, Greg Chiles, Brandon Thomas and Michael Davenport came in first place to headline the Hokies’ track and field performances at the Music City Challenge held this past Friday and Saturday in Nashville, Tennessee. The quartet’s time of 3:11.11 broke a school record that had been in place for 18 years. Neil Gourley won the 3,000, and Daniel Jaskowak and Patrick Joseph came in second and third in the mile, respectively. Katie Kennedy led the women’s team by coming in second in the 3,000, while the women’s distance medley relay team of Hanna Green, Courtney Blanden, Rachel Pocratsky and Laurie Barton ran the fastest time in the ACC this season and the second-fastest in school history. The Hokies close their regular season with the Virginia Tech Challenge this Friday and Saturday at Rector Field House in preparation for next week’s 2017 ACC Indoor Track and Field Championships held in South Bend, Indiana.
Virginia Tech women’s basketball player Sami Hill has started every game for the Hokies this season and is averaging almost 10 points per game. She was willing to answer the following questions to allow fans to get to know her as more than just a talented student-athlete.
Q: What is your dream vacation?
Q: What’s your favorite place to eat?
SH: Cabo Fish Taco or at home
Q: What is your favorite city that you've visited?
SH: Prague, Czech Republic
Q: If you could play another sport, what would it be?
SH: Rowing or track
Q: Why did you choose Virginia Tech?
SH: The family environment
Q: If you could live anywhere, where would it be?
SH: New York City
Q: If you could trade places with someone for a day, who would it be?
SH: Gisele Bundchen
Q: What are you listening to these days?
SH: All kinds of music
Q: What is the talent you’d most like to have?
Q: What is your favorite thing about being a Virginia Tech athlete?
SH: My teammates
Following a Sunday morning setback to Marshall, the Virginia Tech women’s tennis team claimed a 7-0 victory over Radford on Sunday afternoon at the Burrows-Burleson Tennis Center, earning a split of non-conference matches on the weekend. The Hokies moved to 5-2 overall on the season. Against Marshall, Tech lost three three-set battles in falling 5-2 to the Herd, before rebounding with the shutout of Radford. Natalie Novotna paced the Hokies, winning both of her matches, and she moved to 6-1 overall this spring. Tech looks to continue its solid start this Saturday when the Hokies travel to Morgantown, West Virginia for a noon match against the Mountaineers.
The Virginia Tech men’s tennis team cruised to a pair of easy non-conference victories on Saturday, rolling past St. Bonaventure 7-0 and beating Davidson 6-1 at the Burrows-Burleson Tennis Center. The victories pushed the Hokies to 3-2 overall on the season. Freddy Mesmer, Mitch Harper and Jason Kros each won both of their matches and Harper and Kros also teamed to take a doubles match against St. Bonaventure. Jai Corbett, ranked No. 37 nationally, won his lone match as well. The Hokies now take a week off before returning to the court Tuesday, Feb. 21 for a home non-conference match against College of Charleston.
Nick Anderson, Ryan Tufts, Sam Fragale, Matt Dauby, Kit Scheetz and Packy Naughton are just a few of the names returning to the Hokies’ baseball team for the 2017 season, leaving the squad optimistic as it approaches its season opener this Friday at USC Upstate in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Tech is looking to bounce back from a 19-36 season in which it failed to make the ACC tournament. Anderson leads the way after hitting .339 last season, and Fragale tied for a team-best with 37 RBI. Scheetz and Naughton combined for 27 starts on the mound last season. The Hokies will play three games against Upstate, with the first game starting at 4 p.m., on Friday afternoon.
Cassell Coliseum was electric Sunday evening, from the pre-game light show until the fans stormed the court following the Hokies’ 80-78 double-overtime win over 12th-ranked Virginia. The thrilling victory evened Tech’s ACC record at 6-6, and put the Hokies at 17-7 overall heading into the final few weeks of the regular season.