Subbing for an injured Zach Epperly, David Bergida moved up a weight class to 174 pounds and picked up a win, sparking the Hokies to victories in their final four matches en route to a 22-15 win over No. 6 Nebraska in a NWCA National Duals event held at Virginia Tech Carilion Court on Sunday. With the win, Tech moved to 18-1 overall on the season, including an 8-1 mark against ranked foes. Tech trailed 15-6, but Bergida, Zack Zavatsky (184 pounds), Jared Haught (197) and Ty Walz (heavyweight) all won, as the Hokies rallied. Joey Dance (125) and Solomon Chishko (149) also won for Tech, which now prepares for the ACC championships on March 4 in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Led by gold medals from freshman Reka Gyorgy and sophomore Ashlynn Peters, the Virginia Tech women’s swimming and diving team came in fifth place at the ACC championships held in Atlanta last week. The Tech women’s team has finished in the top five every year since the school joined the ACC. Gyorgy set the school record in winning the 400 individual medley and became the first Tech women’s swimmer to win a gold medal since 2013. Peters won the gold medal in the 3-meter diving event with 365.95 points – the second-highest score in program history. Jessica Hespeler (bronze, 200 freestyle) and Klaudia Nazieblo (silver, 200 butterfly) also won medals for the Hokies. The men’s swimming and diving team starts the ACC championships on Feb. 27. The NCAA championships for both squads will take play in Indianapolis, Indiana in mid-March.
(Women's Swimming • Freshman • Ullo, Hungary)
Gyorgy became the first Tech women’s swimmer and the first freshman women’s swimmer since 2013 to win a gold medal at the ACC championships when she claimed a gold medal in the 400 individual medley, helping the Hokies to a fifth-place finish in the team competition. Her time of 4:04.97 was a school record, and she set another school record with a time of 1:57.22 in the 200 IM. She just missed a medal in that event, as she finished fourth.
(Women's Diving • Sophomore • Cypress, Texas)
Peters won a gold medal in the 3-meter diving event, amassing 365.95 points – the second-highest mark in school history. She became the first Tech women’s diver to win a gold medal at the conference championships since Kaylea Arnett in 2015 and won Tech’s seventh gold medal in women’s diving. Peters also scored points for the Hokies by coming in ninth in the platform event and 11th in the 1-meter event.
For the first time since 2012, the Virginia Tech women’s lacrosse team won an ACC game, as the Hokies upset No. 17 Boston College 18-12 at the Indoor Practice Facility on Saturday. Tech moved to 3-1 on the season and snapped a 27-game losing streak to ACC foes. Two days later, the program found itself ranked No. 20 in the Inside Lacrosse top-20 poll, marking just the second time in program history that it has been ranked. Against the Eagles, Kristine Loscalzo scored four goals, and Tristan McGinley – who leads the team with 15 goals – added four as well for the Hokies, who scored 12 goals in the second half. Goalie Meagh Graham helped the cause with nine saves. Tech will look to continue its strong start on Wednesday when it takes on Liberty in Lynchburg, Virginia at 4 p.m.
The Virginia Tech baseball team won all three games of a three-game series against USC Upstate to open the season – the first time that has happened in four years. Tech closed the sweep with an 8-2 win on Sunday behind Andrew McDonald’s career-high seven innings. He allowed two runs and struck out a career-high nine. Sam Fragale led Tech at the plate, going 7 for 13 with three homers and nine RBI. Three of the homers and seven RBI came in the Hokies’ 11-3 win in the opener. Tech returns to action on Tuesday for its home opener, which will be played against Marshall. The first pitch is at 3 p.m.
The Virginia Tech track and field teams finished preparations for the upcoming ACC Indoor Track and Field Championships by competing in the Virginia Tech Challenge this past weekend at Rector Field House. The Hokies set four program records, including Neil Gourley, who broke a 30-year record in the 1,000-meter run. His time of 2:20.54 was more than a second better than the previous mark of 2:21.91 set by Gary Cobb in 1987. Also, Drew Piazza and Hanna Green set school records in the 600, with Green breaking her previous mark set two seasons ago. Deakin Volz’s 5.66-meter mark in the pole vault broke teammate Torben Laidig’s record of 5.62 meters set last season. The Hokies hope to continue their success this week in South Bend, Indiana, as they begin competition at the ACC championships on Thursday.
The Virginia Tech softball team recorded a split of four games in the ACC/Big Ten Softball Challenge held over the weekend in Atlanta, with the Hokies winning both games against Iowa and losing both to Penn State. Chelsea Whitcomb’s homer in the sixth inning and Taylor Barnes’ strong pitching led to a 2-1 Tech win over Iowa on Saturday. The Hokies beat Iowa 2-1 in eight innings on Friday thanks to Breanna Davenport’s RBI single that scored Whitney Metz. The Hokies are now 5-3 on the season and return to action this weekend when they play in the Pirate Invitational, which starts Friday in Greenville, North Carolina.
Ahmed Hill scored 17 points, and Seth Allen hit a clutch 3-pointer late in the game to lift Tech to a 66-63 road win over Pittsburgh last Tuesday. Unfortunately, Allen’s 26 points and career-high six 3-pointers weren’t enough to carry the Hokies past Louisville on Saturday. The loss left the Hokies at 18-8 overall, 7-7 in the ACC with four games left to play. Allen is averaging 13 points per game and shooting 54.4 percent from the floor for Tech, which takes on Clemson on Tuesday night at Virginia Tech Carilion Court. The Hokies play three of their final four regular-season games at home.
Virginia Tech men’s tennis player Jai Corbett has enjoyed a strong start to the 2017 spring season, including an upset of the No. 6 player in the nation. He was willing to answer the following questions to allow fans to get to know him as more than just a talented student-athlete.
Q: What is your dream vacation?
JC: My dream vacation would have to be Maui, Hawaii. It has always been a place I’ve wanted to visit, and now it’s a bit easier to get to than back home, so maybe there is a chance soon.
Q: What’s your favorite place to eat?
Q: What is your favorite city that you've visited?
JC: A couple of years back, I went to France to visit my freshman roommate Florian Nicoud. He took me and our other teammate, Andreas Bjerrehus, to Montpellier, a city down in the south of France. I really liked it there and would to go back again if I could.
Q: If you could play another sport, what would it be?
JC: I grew up playing Australian football until I was 15, so I think that would be my next choice. But after seeing how American football is over here, I think playing that would be an amazing experience.
Q: Why did you choose Virginia Tech?
JC: Virginia Tech actually came up as a late option for me. The assistant coach at the time, Stephen Huss, called one day, and I loved everything he had to say. It also helped that he was Australian, too. But other than that, the guys I spoke to on the team had no bad words about Virginia Tech, and I could not have chosen a better college to come to, in my opinion.
Q: If you could live anywhere, where would it be?
JC: I would have to say somewhere up north in my home country, Australia. A place like Noosa, or somewhere in the Sunshine Coast … I could definitely get used to.
Q: If you could trade places with someone for a day, who would it be?
JC: There’s definitely a few answers for this one, but I would have to say Rafa Nadal – just to see how he lives and what training he does to be able to play and battle the way he does every time he’s out on court.
Q: What are you listening to these days?
JC: A little bit of everything really. I don’t mind my house music, but have even got into the American country music, which hopefully doesn’t get back to my friends back home.
Q: What is the talent you’d most like to have?
JC: Completely off topic, but I would love to have a good singing voice. I’ve worked on it, but it just doesn’t seem to get any better. Hopefully, a few more shower practices will get me there, though!
Q: What is your favorite thing about being a Virginia Tech athlete?
JC: With tennis being such an individual sport usually, it’s an amazing feeling being able to compete with a bunch of guys that are fighting on court with you, along with them being great mates. The atmosphere and support around Virginia Tech when we are playing a big match really is the best feeling also.
The Virginia Tech women’s tennis team lost the doubles point, but the Hokies rallied to win four singles matches en route to a 4-3 win over West Virginia on Saturday in Morgantown, West Virginia. The win moved Tech to 6-2 overall on the season. The Hokies’ Natalie Novotna, Francesca Fusinato and Elena Cerezo-Codina each won in singles to give Tech the lead, and then Caroline Daxhelet won 7-5, 6-3 to seal the match for the Hokies. Tech returns to action on Saturday with its final non-conference match of the season – a battle against Old Dominion at the Burrows-Burleson Tennis Center. First serve is slated for noon.
Virginia Tech wrestling coach Kevin Dresser, who built the program into a national contender, resigned two days after the Hokies’ victory over Nebraska in the National Duals to become the head coach at Iowa State. Dresser, a native of Iowa who wanted to return home and rebuild the Iowa State program, led Tech to a 160-51 record in 11 seasons. He guided the program to five ACC championships and four consecutive top-10 finishes at the NCAA championships.