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Hokie Sports Round Up

Gobbler Country takes a look at the various efforts of Virginia Tech's student athletes.

Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Softball: The women of Hokie softball have found themselves fighting an uphill battle.  This past Wednesday they dropped both games of a double header against the College of Charleston (2-4 and 1-2).  Virginia Tech opens ACC play at home against the Pittsburgh Panthers today at noon.  VT is currently 6-14 on the season.

Lacrosse: VPI is on a three game skid, having dropped their matches against Old Dominion (7-10), the No. 15 Duke Blue Devils (4-13), and the No. 6 Notre Dame Fighting Irish (10-19).  This Sunday, March 13, The Hokies will face another ranked opponent when they travel to Columbus to face the No. 17 Ohio State Buckeyes.  Virginia Tech’s overall record is 5-5 (0-2 ACC), and there are only seven games remaining before the ACC Championships at the end of April.

Men’s Tennis: Last weekend the No. 53 Hokies were soundly defeated by the No. 2 Virginia Cavaliers, 1-6.  This weekend VT will be traveling to Boston to face the Boston College Eagles.  With the loss the Hokies fall to 8-3 overall and 1-1 in conference.

Women’s Tennis: The No. 39 Virginia Tech Hokies upset No. 6 Duke, 5-2, last weekend.  With the win the Hokies improve to 10-4 overall and are 3-2 in ACC play.  With their fantastic win over the Blue Devils the Hokies earned a No. 29 rankings, which is the highest ever for the women's tennis program. Fresh off their win VPI will have this weekend off before heading to Coral Gables to face the Miami Hurricanes on March, 18.

Swimming and Diving: During the NCAA Zone A Championships the Hokies qualified six divers for the NCAA Championships.  The Women’s Championships will start on March, 17 in Atlanta, GA.  The Men’s will also be in Atlanta, starting on March 24.

Eduardo Castro-Silva: three meter and platform

Mauro Castro Silva: one meter, three meter, and platform

Ashlynn Peters: one meter, three meter, and platform

Leah Plemonte: platform

Ben Schiesl: one meter, three meter, and platform

Logan Stevens: one meter and platform

Track and Field: Friday, March 11, marked the start of the NCAA Indoor Championships, which are being held in Birmingham, AL.  The Hokies qualified five athletes to represent Virginia Tech at the Indoor Championships.  Shannon Morton qualified for the mile run event, and No. 13 Hanna Green qualified for the 800 meter run.  This year VT’s Thomas Curtin holds the second best time in the nation and set a new Virginia Tech record with his 13:37.1 finish in the 5,000 meter run.  No. 2 Torben Laidig and No. 8 Deakin Volz will represented VPI in the pole vault.

Both Volz and Laidig competed in the finals for pole vault on Friday.  Volz finished tied for third place with a 5.35-meter jump and Laidig with an unfortunate no height.  Curtin finished the 5000-meter final in second place with 13:50.7.  With those performances Curtin and Volz both earned First Team All American Honors.  Shannon Morton had a valiant effort with 4:38.6 in the mile.  Unfortunately, that put her in 12th, missing the cut off for the finals. Although, there is some consolation as her performance earned her All American Second Team honors. Hanna Green will race in the 800 meter finals after finishing fourth in Friday’s preliminary heats with 2:04.5 minutes.  Best of luck Hanna!