Heading into the final couple of weeks of the regular season, the Virginia Tech men’s tennis team appears to have found its groove. The Hokies took care of the Florida schools this past weekend, stunning No. 12 Florida State 4-3 on Friday and then blasting No. 43 Miami 7-0 on Sunday, with both matches taking place at the Burrows-Burleson Tennis Center. The win over Miami marked Tech’s fourth straight, as the Hokies moved to 14-6 overall, 5-5 in ACC action. On Sunday, the Hokies took care of the ’Canes quickly, winning the doubles point and then claiming all six singles matches. Carlo Donato’s 6-2, 6-3 victory over Niclas Genovese served to seal the team win for the Hokies. On Friday, Tech jumped out to a 1-0 lead by winning the doubles point, as the tandems of Jason Kros and Abraham Asaba and Donato and Mitch Harper both won. The Seminoles claimed a 2-1 advantage by winning two singles matches before Korsgaard and Donato won in straight sets for the Hokies to give Tech a 3-2 edge. Florida State managed to tie things at 3, but Tech’s Mitch Harper sealed the team victory with a 6-4, 7-6 (4) win over Aziz Dougaz at the No. 1 spot in the lineup. The Hokies return to the court next Sunday when they take on VCU in a non-conference match held at the Burrows-Burleson Tennis Center. The match starts at noon. They then close the regular season the following weekend with home matches against Louisville and Virginia.
Tristan McGinley took a pass from Julia Bolte and scored in the second overtime to propel the No. 14 Virginia Tech lacrosse team to a 15-14 double overtime victory over No. 18 Syracuse in an ACC game played Saturday afternoon at Tech’s Indoor Practice Facility. With the win, the Hokies matched a school record with their 11th victory, moving to 11-4 overall, 4-1 in league play. Tech trailed by four goals with 10:18 remaining, but scored four straight goals and tied the game on Paige Petty’s goal with 3:30 to go. Syracuse took the lead again with 2:11 remaining, but Taylor Caskey scored with 1:29 left to tie the game for a final time before the teams went into overtime. In the second overtime, Bolte had the ball behind the goal and ran to her left, and she found McGinley cutting toward the goal. McGinley’s goal marked her fourth of the game. Paige Petty paced the Hokies with five goals, and Marissa Davey added three. The Hokies now gear up for an ACC showdown Saturday at unbeaten Boston College. First draw is slated for noon.
Virginia Tech lacrosse standout Tristan McGinley is one of eight seniors on the Hokies’ roster and arguably the team’s best player, with more than 116 career goals to her credit. The young woman from Moorestown, New Jersey answered the following questions so fans could get to know her as more than just a talented student-athlete.
Q: What would be your dream vacation?
TM: Probably Greece. I’ve never really been able to travel a bunch my whole life just with sports and I have a big family, so that’s not something that is cheap. Anywhere I go, I’m pretty much in awe. I got to go to the Bahamas for the first time over winter break, and I’m like, ‘Holy cow, people come here all the time!’ But I would say Greece mainly because of what I’ve seen in movies and not because of anything else really. It seems wonderful and beautiful.
Q: What’s your favorite place to eat?
TM: It’s a place back home called Passariello’s. But here, I would say Bull & Bones, probably.
Q: What is your favorite city that you've visited?
TM: Philadelphia! I also love New York City. It’s kind of a home feel. New York City during Christmas time is a good answer.
Q: If you could play another sport, what would it be?
TM: Basketball. I played volleyball, basketball and lacrosse, the typical tall girl sports, and I don’t know. It’s very much a family sport. We all played, and my dad was always training us. In high school, it was probably my best sport, but my opportunities with lacrosse were better, for colleges. Basketball is just so much fun, and you can play forever. Lacrosse, you can pick up and go, but basketball is so much more convenient. If I played here, or anywhere … it’s a cool game to be good at for the rest of your life.
Q: If you could live anywhere, where would it be?
TM: I love Annapolis, Maryland. I love Charlotte, North Carolina. Both of my sisters live there, so I’m familiar with those cities, but I love both of them. I do love home. I do love New Jersey, and I love Blacksburg, Virginia. I really don’t know anything else about Virginia but Blacksburg.
Q: If you could trade places with someone for a day, who would it be?
TM: Taylor Swift or Beyonce. I’ve always wanted to be a rock star my whole life. I just don’t have the talent for it. So if I could pretend for a day, that would be awesome. Definitely.
Q: What type of music are you listening to these days?
TM: I’m a big country girl. My mom is from Alabama. I’ve been listening to country forever. I’m not just, ‘I came to Virginia, and now I’m a country girl.’ I always have been, but also anything I can dance to and sing to. I listen to a lot of music, a lot of different stuff.
Q: What is the talent you’d most like to have?
TM: Singing, hands down.
Q: What is your favorite thing about being a Virginia Tech athlete?
TM: That there are so many people here to support you and help you. Academically, we have the best people. Nutritionally, we have the best people. People to keep you in shape, we have the best. Definitely so much support. There is always someone to turn to.
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McGinley scored four goals, including the game winner in the second overtime to carry the Hokies to a victory over No. 18 Syracuse on Saturday. The win marked the program’s first over the Orange and moved the Hokies to 4-1 in league play. The goal was the 120th of McGinley’s career, enabling her to pass Rachel Culp (2006-09) into fifth place for career goals at Tech. She needs just 19 goals to pass Allie Emala (2008-11) in fourth place and move into a tie with Jessica Nonn (2009-12) for third place on the all-time list. McGinley also needs just three points to move into the top 10 for career points at Tech.
Ama-Selina Tchume won two events and Shanel Burr won one to headline the Virginia Tech track and field performances at the VertKlasse Meet held Saturday at High Point University in High Point, North Carolina. Tchume, a senior, posted a time of 55.68 seconds in the 400-meter race and a 24.15 time in the 200, taking first in both races. Burr clocked a season-best time in the 100-meter hurdles, crossing the finish line in 13.69 seconds to place first. It marked her first win during the outdoor season. On the men’s side, Matthew Baker came in second in the 200, running a personal-best time of 21.64 seconds, while Deakin Volz finished second in the pole vault with a top vault of 5.36 meters (17 feet, 7 inches). Austin Kolko placed third in the 400-meter hurdles, while Jaelyn Demory took fourth in the 110-meter hurdles. Both Tech teams return to the track this weekend when both compete at the Tennessee Relays held in Knoxville, Tennessee.
Despite dealing with weather issues throughout the past week, the Virginia Tech baseball team won two games, beating Dayton 19-3 on Wednesday at English Field at Union Park and then winning a game against UVA in a three-game series played over the weekend in Charlottesville. The Hokies are now 13-17 overall, 6-9 in the ACC. Against the Flyers on Wednesday, the Hokies got a great pitching performance from Dylan Hall, who went six innings and gave up just two earned runs on four hits, while striking out seven. JD Mundy paced the Hokies at the place, going 3 for 5, with a homer and four RBI, and Luke Horanski also added three RBI. In the second game of a Friday doubleheader against the Cavaliers, Jack Owens’ suicide squeeze scored Nick Menken with the winning run in the top of the ninth to give Tech a 5-4 win. The Hokies had a great chance to win the series, but gave up four runs in the final two innings and lost 6-5. Tech returns to the field when it plays Marshall twice in non-conference play, with the first game being played at English Field on Tuesday and the second game at Marshall on Wednesday.
The Virginia Tech football program holds two more practices this week before concluding spring practice with the annual Spring Game, which kicks off at 3:30 on Saturday afternoon. Hokie Village opens at noon for those with kids and remains open until 2:45 p.m. Enter Sandman cranks up at 3:28, with the game kicking off shortly thereafter. Following the game, there will be an autograph session with the players on Worsham Field that will last for an hour. Those wishing to enjoy campus for a while longer can purchase a ticket to the Tech-Louisville baseball game later that evening, as both Virginia Tech Athletics officials and Union Bank officials hold the official ground-breaking ceremony of the improved English Field at Union Park. The pregame ceremony starts at 6:35 p.m., with the game starting at 7. More information on both events will be released later in the week.