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Hokie Sports Roundup

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

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Softball: The Hokies win streak had to end eventually, and it did when Georgia Tech defeated VT, 0-1, during the last meeting of a three game series.  The score the Yellow Jackets earned the win with was also the only run they scored against the Hokies all weekend.  After a three game effort, which only resulted in a single run, Maggie Tyler, was named the ACC Pitcher of the Week.  The Hokies next hosted Liberty University for a double header.  VPI devastated Liberty, 8-1, to start the day.  The highlight of the matchup occurred when Virginia Tech’s Chelsea Whitcomb, straight up, stole home plate.  Just as the Hokies cracked 0.500 they lost it, when they dropped the second game to Liberty, 1-2.  The women of Virginia Tech softball sit with an overall record of 15-16 and 9-3 in the conference.  Today they will face Mercer in a double header before facing Hampton on Sunday, which is also a double header. 

Lacrosse: The Hokies dropped two games against top ten conference opponents.  The losses bring their unfortunate losing streak up to seven straight.  The first defeat came at the hands of the No. 6 Louisville Cardinals, 9-15.  VPI had little time to catch their breath before traveling to Chapel Hill to face the No. 3 Tar Heels.  UNC won the match, 6-15.  The defeats bring the Hokies to an overall record of 5-9 and a conference record of 0-4.  Virginia Tech has faced an absolutely brutal schedule, over the last month, in which five of their six games were against top 20 ranked squads.  There are only three games left in the season before the ACC Championships at the end of April.  As a result, it will be impossible for the Hokies to claw back to 0.500 before the championship week.  Virginia Tech has not finished a year at 0.500, or above, since the 2012-2013 season.  Virginia Tech will host Syracuse today.  

Men’s Tennis: The Hokies have been spending quite a bit of time dealing with North Carolina’s teams.  First the Hokies were able to defeat the Duke Blue Devils, 5-2.  They next faced the No. 1 North Carolina Tar Heels at Chapel Hill.  The Hokies fought hard, but were ultimately defeated by the nation’s best squad, 2-5.  On Friday VPI hosted the No. 6 Wake Forest Demon Deacons who were, unfortunately, able to escape Blacksburg, 3-4.  No. 45 Virginia Tech sits with an overall record of 12-6 and a conference record of 4-4.  The Hokies will next head out to face No. 51 Notre Dame this Sunday.

Women’s Tennis: Yesterday afternoon the women of Virginia Tech tennis staged an exciting come-back victory to upset the No. 16 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets.  In the week prior the Hokies also added victories over Louisville (6-1) and against No. 43 NC State (5-2).  No. 31 VT is riding a four game winning streak, and has a week off before hosting UNC on April 8.  The ladies of VPI tennis have, thus far, earned an overall record of 14-5 and a conference record of 7-3.

Swimming and Diving: By placing 19th the Virginia Tech Hokies tied the program’s second highest finish at the NCAA Championships.  Junior, Brandon Fiala, became the first men’s swimmer to earn All-American honors three times in a meet.  Junior, Robert Owen, earned All-American Honorable Mention.