Caroline Daxhelet won both of her matches over the weekend, but none more important than her three-set victory over NC State’s Adriana Reami, which enabled the Hokies to upset the No. 25 Wolfpack and polish off a sweep of ACC opponents at the Burrows-Burleson Tennis Center over the weekend. The Hokies lost the doubles point against NC State, but Elena Cerezo-Codina , Francesca Fusinato and Natalie Novotna each won in singles. With the match tied at 3, Daxhelet beat Reami 5-7, 7-5, 7-6 (8) to give the Hokies a 4-3 edge. Tech, which beat Syracuse 4-3 on Thursday, won its third straight ACC match and its fourth in the past five. The Hokies, who are now 11-10 overall, 4-8 in the ACC, close the regular season this weekend with home matches against Miami (Friday) and Florida State (Sunday).
Virginia Tech women’s tennis player Katherine Butler is a junior from Charlotte and is 19-14 in her career as a Hokie. She answered the following questions so fans can 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?
KB: Tropical Smoothie.
Q: What is your favorite city that you've visited?
KB: Rio de Janeiro.
Q: If you could play another sport, what would it be?
Q: Why did you choose Virginia Tech?
KB: The atmosphere of not only the entire school, but also specifically the tennis team.
Q: If you could live anywhere, where would it be?
KB: New York City.
Q: What type of music are you listening to these days?
KB: Everything, but these days, especially rap and electronic.
Q: If you could trade places with someone for a day, who would it be?
KB: Emma Watson [a British actress and model who has appeared in most of the Harry Potter films].
Q: What is the talent you’d most like to have?
KB: I’d like to speak another language fluently.
Q: What is your favorite thing about being a Virginia Tech athlete?
KB: The opportunity given to me to play a sport that I love, alongside people that I love, and for a school that I love.
(Women's Tennis • Junior • Arlon, Belgium)
Competing in the No. 4 singles spot in the Hokies’ lineup, Daxhelet helped the Virginia Tech women’s tennis team win two ACC home matches over the weekend. She recorded the game-winning match point against No. 25 N.C. State on Sunday, as the Hokies defeated the Wolfpack in a dramatic 4-3 comeback victory. The match was tied at three apiece before Daxhelet topped N.C. State’s Adriana Reami on court four in a three-set tiebreaker. She also played a role in leading the Hokies to a 4-3 win over Syracuse, as she easily won her singles match against Maria Tritou by a score of 6-1, 6-1. Daxhelet has now won three straight singles matches.
The Virginia Tech men’s tennis team won the doubles point and then picked up three victories in singles play to upset No. 18 Georgia Tech in an ACC match played Saturday at the Burrows-Burleson Tennis Center. Virginia Tech moved to 10-11 overall, 4-6 in league play. The tandems of Jason Kros and Freddy Mesmer and Mitch Harper and Alexandre Ribeiro each won in doubles to give the Hokies a 1-0 lead. Harper and Henrik Korsgaard each won in singles with Korsgaard winning 1-6, 6-3, 6-2. Georgia Tech tied the match at 3, but the Hokies’ Kros beat Chris Yun 1-6, 7-5, 7-5 to give the Hokies the win. Virginia Tech wraps up the regular season this weekend with matches at Florida State and Miami.
Mac Caples hit a three-run homer in Virginia Tech’s five-run seventh inning, lifting the Hokies to a 7-5 victory over No. 12 UVA in an ACC game at English Field and enabling the Hokies to avoid a UVA series sweep. Tech, which moved to 19-19 overall and 7-11 in the ACC, got three hits and an RBI from Stevie Mangrum, and Rahiem Cooper hit a homer and scored two runs. Tech also received strong outings from its relief pitchers, as three relievers combined to allow no earned runs in 3.2 innings. Tom Stoffel picked up his first save by pitching two scoreless innings. The Hokies return to action today with a non-conference game at East Tennessee State.
Jared Haught, who earned All-America honors after his fourth-place finish at the NCAA Wrestling Championships, received another award Monday, as the ACC named him its wrestling Scholar-Athlete of the Year. The award goes annually to the top junior or senior student-athlete in his/her respective sport, and candidates must have maintained a 3.0 grade-point average for his/her career, as well as a 3.0 GPA for each of the past two semesters, to qualify. Haught, who won the ACC title at 197 pounds and went 28-4 this season, is pursuing a degree in mechanical engineering and became a three-time All-ACC Academic Team member. He is joined on the All-ACC Academic Team by teammates Solomon Chishko (packaging systems design), Zach Epperly (real estate) and Zack Zavatsky (packaging systems design).
As a show of appreciation for its support, the Virginia Tech football program issued an invitation to the student body to attend this evening’s practice at Lane Stadium. Students with a valid ID may enter Lane Stadium via gate 6 at approximately 6:30 p.m., and sit in the West side stands (press box side). Once the practice ends, students can go onto the field and take selfies with Tech’s players. The practice marks the Hokies’ 13th of their 15 allotted spring practices, with Saturday’s Maroon-Orange Spring Game concluding this year’s practices. For more information on this evening’s student event, please click here.
Virginia Tech Athletic teams and Hokies everywhere were joined by people throughout the world remembering and honoring the victims of April 16, 2017 on the tenth anniversary of the tragedy. Images and video of the events of the day can be found on the university’s website HERE.