Using three bonus point victories, the No. 9 Virginia Tech wrestling squad opened the 2017-18 season with a 22-12 victory over No. 21 Stanford on Saturday at Carilion Clinic Court. David McFadden, who missed last season while recovering from a torn ACL, dominated at 165 pounds, recording a 15-4 major decision over Brandon Dallavia, and both Dennis Gustafson (133) and Zack Zavatsky (184) also won in bonus fashion. In addition, Tech’s Brent Moore (141), Solomon Chishko (149) and Jared Haught (197) won, as Tech took six of 10 weight classes. Gustafson and McFadden also won their weight classes at the Hokie Open held Sunday afternoon at the Berglund Center in Roanoke, with McFadden recording three bonus-point wins. The Hokies return to action this weekend at the Northeast Round Robin held in Albany, New York.
Wrestling • Redshirt Senior • 133 pounds • Woodbridge, Virginia
Gustafson picked up a 12-1 major decision at 133 pounds to put the Hokies ahead for good, as the No. 9 Virginia Tech wrestling team knocked off No. 21 Stanford 22-12 in the season-opening match held at Carilion Clinic Court. On Sunday, Gustafson won the 133-pound title at the Hokie Open, going 3-0, including a major decision, which marked the 19th of his career. He hopes to continue building on a 21-8 season a year ago when he participates in the Northeast Round Robin on Sunday.
The Virginia Tech men’s basketball team tips off its season Friday night, and the Hokies enter the campaign optimistic about their chances at another trip to the NCAA Tournament. Tech lost leading scorers Zach LeDay and Seth Allen, but returning starters Justin Bibbs and Justin Robinson return from a squad that won 22 games in 2016-17 and made the program’s first NCAA appearance in a decade. Also, head coach Buzz Williams hopes to see a healthy Chris Clarke back after Clarke, who averaged 11.4 points and 7.3 rebounds per game in 24 games, tore his ACL in a February game against Virginia. Plus, three top-notch recruits, led by Nickeil Alexander-Walker (18 points in Sunday’s exhibition against South Carolina), give Tech a little more depth. The Hokies, who were picked to finish seventh in the ACC, play Detroit Mercy at Carilion Clinic Court on Friday night, with the game tipping at 6. For more on the team this season, please read this preview.
Paced by returning stalwarts Regan Magarity, Chanette Hicks and Kendyl Brooks, the Virginia Tech women’s basketball team begins its quest to return to postseason play with the 2017-18 opener Friday evening against Wagner. The Hokies won 20 games in Kenny Brooks’ debut season as the head coach and made it to the Elite Eight of the WNIT. They lost three seniors, but Magarity nearly averaged a double-double last season (13.5 ppg, 9.6 rpg), Hicks is on the verge of becoming the school’s all-time leader in steals, and Kendyl Brooks set a freshman record with 62 3-pointers. Plus, Taylor Emery, a junior college national player of the year, enters into the mix, along with junior college transfer Alexis Jean and Cal State Fullerton transfer Michelle Berry. The Hokies lack size in the post, but should be more athletic and deeper this season. Tech begins the upcoming campaign Friday afternoon at Carilion Clinic Court, as the game versus Wagner tips off at 3:30. For more on the team, please read.
Too many turnovers and too many Miami big plays doomed Virginia Tech in a 28-10 loss to Miami in an ACC game played at Hard Rock Stadium on Saturday night. The Hokies, who saw their hopes of winning a second straight Coastal Division crown come to an end, turned the ball over four times and allowed six plays of more than 20 yards, which added up to Tech falling to 7-2 on the season, 3-2 in the ACC. The Hokies also dropped four spots in both national polls to No. 17. Tech trailed 14-10 in the third quarter and was driving, but couldn’t convert on fourth-and-2, and Miami subsequently scored the game’s next 14 points. Josh Jackson led Tech with 197 yards passing and rushed for a score, and Cam Phillips added 107 yards receiving. Tech now gears up for another road contest, as the Hokies travel to Atlanta for a Saturday game against Georgia Tech. The game kicks off at 12:20 p.m.
Running the best time of his career at the 6,000-kilometer distance, Virginia Tech runner Andrew Eason won the men’s race at the Hokie Open held Friday evening at the Buford Meredith Cross Country Course on the Hokies’ campus. The win marked the second of Eason’s career, as the junior ran the course in a time of 18:20 and recorded his first win since the George Mason Invitational during his freshman campaign in 2015. Behind Eason, the Hokies won the team title at the Hokie Open, finishing with 23 points. On the women’s side, Jennifer Fleming, running unattached, won the women’s 4K race with a time of 14:16. Tech freshman Ellie Brush came in second with a time of 14:29.8, while Alyssa Shupe and Shannon Quinn finished sixth and seventh, respectively. The Hokies did not record a team score on the women’s side because not enough of their runners competed. Most of the Hokies’ runners sat out this meet to rest for Friday’s NCAA Southeast Regional, which be held at Panorama Farms outside of Charlottesville, Virginia.
Jack Gigliotti registered his first collegiate win and stalwarts Klaudia Nazieblo, Norbert Szabo and Ian Ho each won two events to headline the Tech men’s and women’s swimming and diving performances in a dual meet at Koury Natatorium in Chapel Hill, North Carolina on Saturday. The 19th-ranked Tech men’s team fell 166-134, while the 21st-ranked women dropped a 178.5-121.5 decision to the No. 19 Tar Heels. Gigliotti, a senior from North Springfield, Virginia, took home the top spot in the 3-meter diving event, winning with a score of 369.45 points. Nazieblo recorded NCAA “B” times in winning both the 100-yard butterfly (54.33) and the 200 butterfly (1:56.96), while Ho notched a “B” time in the 50 freestyle and won the 100 freestyle. Szabo claimed first in both the 200 butterfly and the 200 individual medley. Other winners for the Hokies included Reka Gyorgy (200 freestyle), Emily Meilus (200 backstroke), Ashlynn Peters (1-meter), Michael Craddock (1,000 freestyle) and Ben Schiesl (1-meter). Both squads return to action Nov. 16-18 at the Purdue University Invitational held in West Lafayette, Indiana.
Virginia Tech forward Gaetan Roux scored his first career goal in overtime to lift the Hokies’ men’s soccer team to a 1-0 overtime win over NC State in first-round ACC Tournament action Wednesday in Raleigh, North Carolina. Just 80 seconds into the extra period, Emil Koho picked a pass to the wing to Elias Tamburini, who swung in a cross that found the feet of Roux. Roux settled himself and fired a left-footed effort to the far post, beating goalkeeper Leon Krapf. In the quarterfinals, Tech fell 3-0 to top seed and No. 1 Wake Forest on Sunday in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The Hokies are now at 9-9 on the season and will find out their postseason fate Monday when the 48-team field for the NCAA Championships is announced. Tech features a resume that includes a top-10 schedule, a top-25 RPI and marquee wins over Creighton and Notre Dame. A year ago, the Hokies received an at-large bid and made a run to the Elite Eight.
Virginia Tech men’s tennis player Chase Bernstine advanced to the finals at the Georgia Tech Invite held this weekend in Atlanta and finished as the runner-up after falling to the Yellow Jackets’ Philip Gresk 6-3, 7-6 (3). The freshman advanced after two three-set wins in the previous two rounds, including a 6-4, 2-6, 6-2 win over South Carolina’s Benton Wood and a 1-6, 6-1, 6-4 victory over Georgia State’s Kevin Huynh. Jason Kros, Abraham Asaba and Feliksas Sakalauskas also competed in the tournament, which marked the final one of the fall season for the Hokies. Tech returns to the court Jan. 12-14 at the University of Texas Invite in Austin, Texas.
After getting beat in the opening round of the ITA Fall National Championships held in Palm Desert, California late last week, Natalie Novotna bounced back to record a couple of wins in the consolation draw. She lost in three sets to 10th-ranked Veronica Miroshnichenko, but upset No. 4 Sara Daavettila in straight sets 6-0, 6-4. She also beat Michigan’s Chiara Lommer 7-5, 6-4 before falling to Florida’s Anna Danilina 6-1, 7-5. In other women’s tennis action, freshman Nika Kozar and sophomore Shene Disbergen claimed their respective flight titles at the Hokie Invite held this past weekend at the Burrows-Burleson Tennis Center on Tech’s campus. Kozar outlasted JMU’s Anna Makarova in the honor singles. After giving up the first set 6-1, Kozar rallied to win the second 6-3. In the tiebreak, the two went back and forth trading points before Kozar secured it 12-10. In the Ut Prosim singles, Disbergen downed VCU’s Noumea Witmus in straight sets by scores of 7-5, 7-5. The Hokie Invite wraps up the fall slate for Tech. The team will return to the court in January for a doubleheader on the 26th against ETSU and Appalachian State.
Kaity Smith had 15 kills and Jaila Tolbert added 12 to lift the Virginia Tech volleyball program to a 3-1 win over Clemson at Carilion Clinic Court on Sunday afternoon. The Hokies won by scores of 14-25, 25-9, 25-14 and 25-13 to move to 9-16 overall, 3-11 in the ACC. Redshirt junior Rhegan Mitchell turned in a 34-assist, nine-dig performance. Tech’s defense brought its “A” game against the Tigers, holding Clemson to a .108 hitting percentage behind seven team blocks. It was the second-lowest percentage for an opponent of the season and the Hokies’ best defensive effort in conference play, beating the previous mark of .163 versus Virginia. The Hokies now hit the road for the final time in the regular season, as they head to Notre Dame on Friday and Louisville on Sunday.
The Virginia Tech Athletics Department’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) organized a group of more than 300 Tech student-athletes who gathered on Worsham Field before the Hokies’ home football game against Duke. They formed two lines to greet the team, as it came onto the field during the playing of “Enter Sandman.” SAAC serves as a leadership group of student-athletes representing all sports at Tech, and it provides insight on the student-athlete experience and offers input on the rules, regulations and policies that effect student-athletes' lives