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Hokies win two more, set for showdown with Kentucky

Getting a season-best 18 points from Chris Clarke, the Virginia Tech men’s basketball team cruised to an easy 93-40 win over Maryland Eastern Shore on Sunday at Carilion Clinic Court, setting up a Saturday showdown at No. 8 Kentucky. The Hokies, who won their seventh straight, moved to 9-1 overall with the win over the Hawks and scored more than 90 points for the fifth time this season. Tech also got 16 points from Nickeil Alexander, who led the Hokies with four 3-pointers – part of an afternoon in which Tech made 15 3-pointers. The Hokies also notched another win over the past week when they cruised past Radford 95-68 on Wednesday at Carilion Clinic Court. Justin Bibbs and Kerry Blackshear Jr. led the way with 20 points each. The Hokies head to Lexington, Kentucky on Friday and will play the Wildcats on Saturday afternoon at 2. Fans can watch the game on ESPN2.

Virginia Tech
Athlete of the Week

Justin Bibbs
Men's Basketball • Guard • Senior • Dayton, Ohio
Bibbs scored in double figures in both of Virginia Tech’s wins this past week. In the win over Radford on Wednesday, he led the Hokies with 20 points. He was 8 of 10 from the field and 4 of 5 from 3-point range. In Sunday’s win over Maryland Eastern Shore, Bibbs scored 10 points, making 4 of 6 shots, including 2 of 3 from 3-point territory. He has now made a 3-point field goal in each of the past 24 games in which he has played, the longest current streak in the ACC. He leads the Hokies in scoring at 17.5 points per game, shooting 60 percent from the field, 47.6 percent from 3 and 94.7 percent from the free-throw line. He moved up two spots into 32nd place in career scoring at Tech.

Tech women impressive in wins over UMES, Chattanooga

Chanette Hicks scored 13 points and became the school’s all-time leader in steals, as the Virginia Tech women’s basketball team rolled to a 64-44 road win over Chattanooga on Sunday afternoon. The win marked the Hokies fourth straight, and they moved to 9-2 overall on the season. Hicks, who now has 253 career steals, needed just two steals to break Taiqua Brittingham’s record of 252 set from 1981-85 and got exactly that number. Regan Magarity and Kendyl Brooks each added 14 points for Tech, which moved to 5-0 in non-conference road games under head coach Kenny Brooks. The Hokies also won a game over Maryland Eastern Shore this past Wednesday, knocking off the Hawks 90-52 behind 20 points and seven rebounds from Magarity. Tech returns to action tonight (Tuesday) when it plays at Monmouth at 7 p.m.

Tech wrestlers roll at the Grapple at the Garden

The Virginia Tech wrestling team got wins from all four of its competitors in the top four upper weight classes to propel it to a 26-12 victory over Princeton in the Grapple at the Garden held Sunday afternoon at Madison Square Garden. Hunter Bolen (174 pounds), Zack Zavatsky (184), Jared Haught (197) and Andrew Dunn (heavyweight) each won to start the match, as the No. 10 Hokies moved to 4-1 on the season. Zavatsky, Dennis Gustafson (133) and David McFadden all recorded bonus point wins, with Zavatsky winning by major decision and both Gustafson and McFadden winning by technical fall. The Hokies now take some time off for final exams before resuming action Dec. 22 when they take on West Virginia at Carilion Clinic Court. The match starts at 7 p.m.

Tech defense readying for powerful Oklahoma State attack

The Virginia Tech football program began its bowl preparations Saturday when it hit the practice field to prepare for Oklahoma State, its opponent in the Camping World Bowl on Dec. 28 in Orlando. The Hokies – specifically talented cornerbacks Greg Stroman and Brandon Facyson – will be facing a talented quarterback in OSU senior Mason Rudolph, who leads the nation in passing yardage (4,553 yards) and leads a Cowboys attack that ranks first in the nation in passing offense (392.3 ypg). Also, Oklahoma State receiver James Washington won the Biletnikoff Award, which goes annually to the nation’s top receiver. Washington leads the country with 1,423 receiving yards, but Tech has not allowed 400 yards passing in any game this season and only two 300-yard passing games. For more on Tech’s preparation and notes from Saturday’s news conference, please read.

Getting to know ... Greg Stroman

Virginia Tech football player Greg Stroman has enjoyed a fantastic senior season, as he leads the Hokies in interceptions and pass breakups, while also returning two punts for touchdowns on his way to earning first-team All-ACC honors. The Bristow, Virginia product answered the following questions so fans could get to know him as more than just a talented student-athlete.
Q: What would be your dream vacation and why?
GS: I’d say on an island by itself away from everything and everyone. Hang with my family and everyone that I wanted to be with in this whole world. I don’t think I have a specific city that I would want to live in. 
Q: Where is your favorite place to eat and why?
GS: Probably Five Guys. I eat there a lot.
Q: What is your favorite city that you've visited?
GS: It’s got to be Blacksburg. I haven’t been to too many places, at least long enough to make it my favorite. So probably Blacksburg, or my hometown.
Q: If you could play any other sport, it would be which one and why?
GS: Probably baseball. It’s a little boring to watch, but I pitched when I was younger, so that’s not really boring. 
Q: Why did you choose Virginia Tech?
GS: I think the relationship I had with Coach [Torrian] Gray was very strong, and Coach [Bud] Foster. Those guys had our area, and I came to camp here my sophomore or maybe my junior year, and I just had a great relationship with Coach Gray from then on. That’s just how that went, and I felt it was not too close to home, but close to home, and my mom liked it and my dad liked it, and it just felt like the place to be. 
Q: If you could live anywhere, where would it be?
GS: I’d say on an island by itself away from everything and everyone. Hang with my family and everyone that I wanted to be with in this whole world. I don’t think I have a specific city that I would want to live in.   
Q: If you could trade places with someone for a day, who would it be?
GS: LeBron James [of the NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers]. Not so much because of the fame. It’s because of what he can do on a basketball court, just the gift that God’s given him – being 6-8, fast, athletic and can jump out of the gym. Just those things.  
Q: What type of music are you listening to these days?
GS: Hip-hop R&B. Mostly Future [an American rapper].  
Q: What is the one talent you'd most like to have?
GS: Sing, I guess. I’d say sing – sing well. 
Q: What is your favorite thing about being a Virginia Tech athlete?
GS: I like a lot of things, but I guess I would say just working out with the team and being together with the team all the time.

Volleyball players bring holiday cheer to children

Five Virginia Tech volleyball players visited with children and their family at Carilion Clinic’s holiday party held Friday evening at St. John’s Episcopal Church. The five Hokies included middle blocker Cara Cunningham, outside hitter Kelly Esch, defensive specialist Rhana Mitchell, setter Mandy Powers and defensive specialist Haley Price. Numerous kids took part in the action by playing board games, taking pictures with Santa Claus and getting their faces painted by some Hokies. The five players showcased their craft and interpersonal communication skills, from painting Christmas trees and reindeers to managing the bingo crowd. A raffle took place following the family dinner, as kids received video games, clothes, board games and more. The seniors’ project this fall came to a close in their final match of the season versus Pitt on Nov. 22, as a number of fans bringing multiple items throughout the season. The team partnered with Carilion’s Children to collect items such as books, toys, games, clothes, toiletries and more, and will be making the trek up to the Roanoke later this month to give the toys to the hospital.