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Hokie Sports Roundup

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

Evan Pike-USA TODAY Sports

Softball:  When last discussed the Hokie softball squad was in the midst of a struggle, and were sitting with a 6-14 record about to face several conference foes.  Since that time the ladies of VT softball have ripped off six straight wins, sweeping both the Pittsburgh Panthers and the Boston College Eagles.  Virginia Tech is still looking to reset to 0.500, but have recovered to a 12-14 overall record and 7-2 conference record.  During their opening game against BC, Virginia Tech pitcher, Maggie Tyler, threw her first career no-hitter, leading VT to a 4-0 victory. This weekend they will travel to Atlanta and face the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets.

Lacrosse:  Virginia Tech is still struggling.  They are currently riding a five game skid.  The Hokies lost a close game against No. 17 Ohio State, 8-10.  They next faced William & Mary where they dropped a heartbreaker in overtime, 9-10, to the Tribe.  VPI is currently sitting on a 5-7 overall record and an 0-2 conference record.  The remainder of the season belongs to conference foes.  VT Lax next travels to Louisville where they will try to regain their feet against the Cardinals on Saturday.

Men’s Tennis:  After their harrowing defeat at the hands of Virginia the Hokies bounced back nicely, going 3-1 since the loss to the Cavaliers.  Virginia Tech defeated both Boston College and VCU, 7-0.  The No. 40 Hokies had a close match against No. 23 FSU, but were ultimately defeated, 3-4.  They reconstituted and handled Louisville, 6-1.  The currently have an overall record of 11-4 and a conference record of 3-2.  This Friday Virginia Tech will travel to North Carolina and face the Duke Blue Devils.

Women’s Tennis:  The No. 32 Virginia Tech women’s squad was summarily dealt with by the No. 12 Miami-Florida Hurricanes, 1-6.  But, the ladies showed great temerity and regained their balance by defeating No. 60 FSU, 4-3.  For the season the ladies have collected an 11-5 overall record and a 4-3 conference record.  Their next game will be this Friday against the Louisville Cardinals.

Swimming and Diving:  The NCAA Women’s Championships were held March 17 – 19, and the ladies of the Virginia Tech swim and dive team did not disappoint.  The Hokies finished at No. 25 in the Championship competition and also brought home athletes with All-American honors and Honorable Mention All-American honors.  Sophomore, Klaudia Nazieblo, earned All-American in the 200 fly, with a seventh place finish (1:53.11).  Senior, Weronika Paluszek, earned Honorable Mention All-American with a 12th place finish (2:08.03) in the 200 breast.  The Men’s NCAA Championships will kick off this Thursday in Atlanta.

Track and Field:  Hanna Green won her fourth All-American honors with a 2:05.90 in the 800 meter at the NCAA Indoor Championships. At the end of the Championship the men finished in 15th place and the women’s team placed 25th.  The Hokies quickly transitioned to the outdoor schedule against the University of Miami-Florida last weekend.  Darius Watkins started the outdoor season by placing in the top 20 nationally in two events.  He earned the 19th fastest time in the 100 meter with a 10:10. Watkins also clocked a 20.96 200 meter, which is the sixth fastest time in the country.  The performance was enough for Watkins to be named the ACC Track Performer of the Week.  Both the men’s and women’s teams had multiple top ten finishes in a multitude of events.  Next the Hokies travel to Williamsburg, Virginia.