Ashlynn Peters qualified for the finals in all three diving events and was named the Most Valuable Women’s Diver to headline the Virginia Tech performances at the ACC Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships held in Greensboro, North Carolina late last week. As a team, the Hokies finished seventh with 736 points. Peters won a bronze in the platform event by scoring 239.25 points and also recorded fifth-place finishes in the 1- and 3-meter events. Reka Gyorgy won the Hokies’ lone gold medal, winning the 400-yard individual medley in a school-record time of 4 minutes, 4.42 seconds. Klaudia Nazieblo notched third- and fifth-place finishes in the 200 butterfly and the 100 backstroke, respectively, and both the 200 medley relay team (Nazieblo, Joelle Vereb, Maggie Gruber and Adriana Grabski) and the 400 freestyle relay team (Grabski, Vereb, Danielle Griggs and Gyorgy) set school records. The 200 medley relay team finished second, while the 400 freestyle relay team came in fifth. The women’s team will now wait to see which of its student-athletes qualify for the NCAA Championships that start March 14 in Columbus, Ohio.
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For the second consecutive year, Gyorgy won a gold medal in the 400-yard individual medley at the ACC Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships. Gyorgy, who earned All-America honors in this event last year, broke her own school record, swimming the event in a time of 4:04.42, which is more than two seconds faster than her previous record mark. Her new time also stands as the sixth-fastest time in the event this season. She also was on the 400-yard freestyle relay team that set a school record and finished fifth.
Bouncing back from a tough loss Thursday at Wake Forest, the Virginia Tech women’s basketball team rallied in the fourth quarter to notch a hard-fought 53-45 ACC victory over Clemson at Carilion Clinic Court on Sunday afternoon. The win snapped a two-game losing streak for the Hokies, who moved to 17-10 overall, 6-8 in ACC play. The six wins are tied for the program’s most in league play since the school joined the ACC for the 2004-05 season. Tech’s Rachel Camp made the big plays down the stretch, converting a three-point play with 1:46 remaining to give the Hokies the lead for good and then giving Tech some breathing room with a 3-pointer at the 1:03 mark. Her 18 points led the team, while Taylor Emery added a double-double – the first of her career – with 16 points and 10 rebounds. The Hokies close the regular season with two road games, starting with Thursday’s game at Notre Dame. Tech and the Irish tip off at 7 p.m.
Justin Robinson scored 18 points, and Nickeil Alexander-Walker added 14, as the Virginia Tech men’s basketball team continued its success on the road in ACC play, winning 76-56 over Georgia Tech in Atlanta on Saturday and bouncing back from Wednesday’s loss at Duke. The win marked Virginia Tech’s fifth ACC road win, as the Hokies moved to 19-8 overall, 8-6 in the ACC. For the first time since the school joined the league, Virginia Tech will have a winning road conference record. Robinson had four assists as well, and he passed Dell Curry (1982-86) into fifth place on the school’s all-time list. The Hokies led by as many as 35 points in the second half against the Yellow Jackets and shot 52.8 percent from the floor, including 8 of 16 from beyond the 3-point arc. The Hokies now return home for a Wednesday evening game against nationally ranked Clemson. The game tips at 7 p.m. and will be shown live on regional sports networks and the ESPN app.
Behind the strong pitching from Carrie Eberle and Jordan Dail and the hitting of Jessie Mehr, the Virginia Tech softball team swept Purdue and Penn State in four games at the ACC/Big Ten Challenge played over the weekend in Durham, North Carolina. Tech’s 5-0 win over Purdue in the finale capped the sweep and moved the Hokies to 6-2 overall. Tech now has won six straight since losing its first two games to open the season. Eberle recorded two shutouts in the circle, holding Penn State to just three hits in a 1-0 win and then striking out eight in the 5-0 victory over Purdue in the finale. Dail recorded wins in the Hokies’ 2-0 victory over Purdue on the first day and the 9-6 win over Penn State in the nightcap Saturday. Mehr had five hits over the weekend, including two hits and an RBI in the 9-6 win over Nittany Lions and two hits, three RBI and a homer in the 5-0 win over Purdue. The Hokies return to the field Friday when they take on Ohio State at a tournament being held in Austin, Texas. They play five games in the three-day affair.
A select group of Virginia Tech track and field athletes competed at the Roanoke Tune-Up track meet held at Kerr-Cregger Field House on Roanoke College’s campus in Salem, Virginia on Friday evening. The women’s distance medley relay team headlined the event, as the quartet of Rachel Pocratsky, Laurie Barton, Katie Kennedy and Arlicia Bush ran the DMR in a school-record time of 11:08.48, which also ranks as one of the fastest times in the nation this winter. On the men’s side, the DMR team of Neil Gourley, Greg Chiles, Patrick Joseph and Vincent Ciattei ran the event in 9:36.31 and also won. In individual action, Tech’s James Carver won both the triple jump and the long jump, while Owen Buck won the 800 in a time of 1:54.66, and Ama-Selina Tchume won the long jump on the women’s side. Other individual winners for the Hokies included: Brandon Thomas (400), Michael Davenport (200), Keishaun Limehouse (60 hurdles), Courtney Blanden (400), Nora McKiver (200), Caitlan Tate (60), and Shanel Burr (60 hurdles). The Hokies now head to Clemson, South Carolina for the ACC Indoor Track and Field Championships, which start Thursday and run through Saturday.
Junior midfielder Kelci O’Donnell scored a career-high four goals, propelling the Virginia Tech lacrosse team to an easy 20-3 non-conference victory over Old Dominion on Saturday at the Hokies’ Indoor Practice Facility. Coming off losses to two top-10 teams to open the season, Tech jumped out to a 5-0 lead in notching its first win, moving to 1-2 overall. O’Donnell came into the game with four goals in her career, but scored four in the second half against the Monarchs. Tristan McGinley added three goals, while Paige Petty, Kara Reichert, Emma Crooks and Reilly Reed scored two goals each. Meagh Graham recorded six saves, playing only in the first half. The Hokies return to action Wednesday with a non-conference game against Campbell at the Indoor Practice Facility. The game starts at 3 p.m.
The Virginia Tech women’s tennis team continued its destruction of non-conference competition to start the spring season, besting Liberty 5-2 and Radford 7-0 on Saturday at the Burrows-Burleson Tennis Center. The Hokies, who moved to 6-0 on the season, lost the doubles points against Liberty to start off Saturday, but won five singles matches to get the win. Nina Sorkin clinched the victory after knocking off Polina Miroshnichenko 6-2, 6-2 at the No. 6 spot. Natalie Novotna, Caroline Daxhelet, Elena Cerezo-Codina and Katherine Butler also won for the Hokies. Against Radford, Tech won the doubles point and then clinched the win when Daxhelet downed Zoe Fraser 6-2, 6-4 at the No. 6 spot. The Hokies return to the court Friday with a 3 p.m. match against Wisconsin and then open ACC play Saturday with a 1 p.m. match against Clemson.
As expected, the Virginia Tech-NC State wrestling dual match came down to the final weight class, but No. 6 NC State got a sudden victory overtime win at heavyweight and knocked off the No. 8 Hokies 19-15 to claim the ACC’s dual meet crown in Raleigh, North Carolina on Friday night. With the loss, the Hokies fell to 14-3 overall and finished league competition with a 4-1 record. Tech trailed 16-3 heading into the 165-pound weight class, but David McFadden finished the regular season with a 29-0 record after a 6-2 win, and Hunter Bolen upset No. 19 Daniel Bullard 5-3 at 174 to pull Tech to within 16-9. Then the Hokies’ Zack Zavatsky upset No. 3 Pete Renda 3-2 at 184, and Jared Haught followed with a 2-1 win over No. 6 Michael Macchiavello at 197.Those two wins pulled Tech to within 16-15. But the Wolfpack’s Michael Boykin notched the 2-1 sudden victory overtime win over the Hokies’ Andrew Dunn to preserve the win. The Hokies now will turn their attention to the postseason, as they first look to defend their ACC tournament title at the ACC Championship on March 3 in Chapel Hill, N.C.
The John Szefc era at Virginia Tech began over the weekend, as the Hokies played in the 19th annual Brittain Resorts Baseball at the Beach tournament held in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Tech dropped three games in the tournament, but the Hokies handed Szefc his first victory with a 14-6 win over Oklahoma on Sunday. Dylan Hall made his first start in a Tech uniform, pitching five innings and allowing just one earned run on six hits, while striking out four. Joe Freiday Jr. paced the offense with a game-high four RBI, and Jack Owens went 4-for-6 with two runs and an RBI. Both Tom Stoffel and Luke Horanski enjoyed tremendous starts to the season, with Stoffel hitting .421 over the weekend and Horanski hitting .400, with a homer and six RBI. Tech continues non-conference play Friday when it takes on Iowa at the Allstate Sugar Bowl Classic played in New Orleans this weekend. Tech will play the Hawkeyes, New Orleans and Ball State.
The Virginia Tech Athletics Department’s video office, HokieVision, released its latest documentary this past Thursday – one that spotlights the life of Rayna DuBose, a former Tech women’s basketball player who overcame incredible odds to be one of the department’s greatest success stories. DuBose, 34, enrolled at Virginia Tech in 2001 and played in 13 games during the 2001-02 season. On April 2, 2002, she felt extremely ill and two teammates took her to the local hospital. Doctors there diagnosed signs of meningococcal meningitis, a bacterial infection of the membranes covering the brain and spinal cord, and ordered her to be airlifted to the University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville, Virginia for treatment. DuBose spent 96 days there, recovering after doctors amputated her hands and feet. They then sent her to Good Samaritan Hospital in Baltimore, where she spent another six weeks recovering near her Columbia, Maryland home. DuBose gradually recovered and returned to Virginia Tech, graduating in 2007 with a degree in consumer studies. She has won multiple national awards for her courage, and today, she coaches basketball and works as a motivational speaker, while living in Maryland. To watch the documentary, please click on the link above.