Greg Stroman returned a punt for a touchdown, Josh Jackson threw two touchdown passes and the Hokies’ defense recorded a shutout, lifting Virginia Tech to a 27-0 victory over Delaware in a non-conference game at Lane Stadium on Saturday. The game marked Tech’s home opener and moved the Hokies to 2-0 on the season. Tech’s defense held the Blue Hens to just 223 yards in helping coordinator Bud Foster record his 32nd shutout since taking over as the sole coordinator in 1996. Stroman’s 61-yard punt return for a score marked the third of his career, and he became the first Tech player ever to record a punt return for a touchdown in three consecutive seasons. Tech, which is now No. 16 in both national polls, hits the road for a non-conference game against East Carolina on Saturday in Greenville, North Carolina. The kickoff is slated for 3:30 p.m.
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Edmunds led the Hokies’ defense in a 27-0 shutout of Delaware on Saturday with a game-high 14 tackles, including four tackles for loss, and 1.5 sacks along with a forced fumble. Edmunds’ four tackles behind the line of scrimmage set a new career high and totaled 26 yards for loss. His 1.5 sacks matched his personal best and 1.5 of his four tackles for a loss came on third down. Edmunds’ second career forced fumble came at 10:18 in the fourth quarter and led to a 24-yard field goal by Joey Slye that made it 27-0.
The Virginia Tech women’s soccer team played two games in Tennessee over the past week and the Hokies went 1-1, beating East Tennessee State 3-1 on Thursday night and falling to Tennessee 3-1 on Sunday evening. The loss to the Volunteers marked the Hokies’ first of the season, as they fell to 6-1-1. Against ETSU, the Hokies got goals from Mikayla Mance, Bridget Patch and Allyson Brown, and goalkeeper Mandy McGlynn had five saves in the win. Brown scored the lone goal for Tech in the loss to the Volunteers. The Hokies now prepare for ACC action, which begins Sunday afternoon with a game against Duke in Durham, North Carolina.
After dropping matches against Marshall and Maryland to start the Thunder Invite in Huntington, West Virginia, the Virginia Tech volleyball team bounced back to win the finale, registering a 3-1 victory (25-17, 21-25, 25-21, 25-16) over Toledo on Saturday afternoon to conclude the Hokies’ action at the tournament. Kaity Smith made her third all-tournament team after recording 17 kills and 12 digs. Jaila Tolbert finished with 14 kills, while Mandy Powers added 15 assists. With the win, the Hokies moved to 6-3 overall on the season and now get ready for their home opener, which comes Friday evening against Radford.
Abraham Asaba, a sophomore on the Virginia Tech men’s tennis team, claimed the DIII singles flight title at the Southern Intercollegiates held over the weekend in Athens, Georgia. Asaba beat Patrik Hartmeier of Georgia Gwinnett 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 in the semifinals and then knocked off Georgia State’s Bailey Showers 2-6, 6-2, 6-3. The Hokies return to action Sept. 20-24 at the Milwaukee Classic held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Other Tech players will be competing in the Ivy Plus in Princeton, New Jersey on Sept. 22-24.
Virginia Tech distance runner Brent Musselman is a senior on the Tech men’s track and field and cross country teams and figures to play a key role in the Hokies’ quest to capture an ACC cross country title in late October. The Edgewater, Maryland native answered the following questions in advance of this weekend’s home meet (the Virginia Tech Alumni Invite) so fans can get to know him as more than just a talented student-athlete.
Q: What would be your dream vacation?
BM: My dream vacation would probably be at a beach where it’s warm, sunny and quiet - somewhere to relax and not have any worries in the world.
Q: What’s your favorite place to eat?
BM: I love eating home-cooked meals made by my parents back home.
Q: What is your favorite city that you've visited?
BM: Crofton [Maryland], which is the town I grew up in, has always been my favorite place to be.
Q: If you could play another sport, what would it be?
BM: If I had to play another sport, it would probably be soccer or tennis because I really enjoy playing those, and there’s lots of competition year-round.
Q: Why did you choose Virginia Tech?
BM: I chose Virginia Tech because I wanted to go to a large school that is well known for its academics. I also wanted to compete at a high level in athletics.
Q: If you could live anywhere, where would it be?
BM: I haven’t traveled many places but I would like to eventually live somewhere south where it is warm and sunny for the majority of the year.
Q: What type of music are you listening to these days?
BM: I don’t really listen to music, but I am open to anything.
Q: If you could trade places with someone for a day, who would it be?
BM: I’d love to trade places with LeBron James for a day to experience the training he goes through and what it is like living as a superstar.
Q: What is the talent you’d most like to have?
BM: I would love to have photographic memory. It would make my life a lot easier.
Q: What is your favorite thing about being a Virginia Tech athlete?
BM: My favorite part of being a VT athlete would have to be all the awesome support we receive. Everything from academic counseling to our trainers, dieticians and all the other staff that make being a student-athlete an awesome experience.
In August, the Virginia Tech Athletics Department and IMG College launched a new HokieSports app to enhance the game-day experience for all Virginia Tech fans. This app includes schedules, live scores and stats, live audio feeds (including radio broadcasts), exclusive promotions, game day promotions and notifications. The fan information section offers a link that provides the latest in ticket information, and a “Go To Town” link provides guests with information on all the happenings in the Montgomery County area. All of this is available right on one’s mobile device. Android users only need to download the app on Google play, while Apple users can download it through Apple’s App Store. So be sure not to miss any of the action and take advantage of the app today!
The HokieBird and Cam Phillips led the Hokies onto Worsham Field for Tech’s 2017 home opener against Delaware in Lane Stadium. It was a picture-perfect day for college football in Blacksburg and Justin Fuente’s Hokies took care of business, shutting out the feisty Blue Hens 27-0.