It's been a long season for Hokie hoops. So once again we are going to check on the Hokies in their non-revenue habitats.
Club Ice hockey:
The Hokies finished the season 19-8, climbing out of a 1-4 skid to defeat West Virginia twice in Morgantown. It was a disappointing ending for the ice hockey squad who looked to build on last season's success, but found themselves drop from their #2 ranking to sixth. The team took on UMBC on Friday in the conference playoffs but gave up four goals in the second period en route to a 7-3 loss and an early exit. There's still some life left for the Hokies as they take on seventh ranked Toledo in Lynchburg on February 22nd in the opening round of the South Regional playoffs. If Tech can find their defense again, they still have a chance at making the national tournament.
The news isn't all bad for the Hokies. Junior blueliner Alec Burgman was awarded one of the two all conference defenseman positions in the MACH. Burgman was tied for 3rd in points on the team with 23, netting seven goals and 16 assists.
Tech dropped to 41st in the country after losses to #9 Oklahoma and unranked Penn State. They blanked Coastal Carolina 7-0 last weekend to bring their record to 4-2, and a curious 0-2 on the road. The Hokies will need to improve their game away from the home court if they want to have a say in the race for the ACC. Tech's next two matches are on the road against Boston College and Louisville. They return home on February 25th to take on James Madison.
After starting the season 2-0, the women's squad lost to #11 Michigan and #28 Tulsa. However, they bounced back by beating #43 William and Mary in an impressive 7-0 match. Tech is on a four game winning streak, improving their record to 6-2, and 4-0 at home. The 52nd ranked Hokies next match is against Pittsburgh on February 22nd at the Burrows-Burleson Tennis Center in Blacksburg.
The 16th ranked Hokies are 15-3 on the season after losing to sixth ranked Pittsburgh by a score of 14-19 last weekend. Their next match is against #25 Oregon State on February 16th at the NWCA National Duals tournament. After the tournament, Tech will have a couple of weeks off before the ACC championship begins on March 8th.
Swimming and Diving:
The swimming and diving program finished the season 22-10-5, and 6-3 in the conference. The women's team is currently in the middle of the ACC championships, while the men's tournament begins next week. The men are currently ranked 13th in the nation and have their eyes on the ACC crown after beating UVA last month for the first time since 1981.
The Hokies begin the season on February 15th in a road contest against James Madison. Tech looks to improve on their 8-8 finish in 2013 by competing in the ACC, where they yielded an 0-5 record last year. Their first home game is February 19th against High Point.
The team will begin the second half of the season at the Puerto Rico classic on February 23rd. The Hokies have placed in the top four at every tournament they have played in so far.
Due to bad weather, the opening tournament in Charlotte was canceled. Instead, the Hokies are participating in a tournament Charleston, SC this weekend. Tech picked up a 6-2 loss in their first game against the Citadel on Friday, but bounced back with an 8-1 win against Delaware on Saturday. Tech will play LSU at the Baton Rouge tournament on February 21st. Stay tuned as there will be further coverage of the team in separate articles later.
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