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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 women of VT closed out the regular season with their tenth shut out win of the season. The Hokies defeated the East Tennessee State Buccaneers, 2-0.  Senior pitcher, Maggie Tyler, finished the game with ten strikeouts and completed the regular season with a 23-17 record.  With the victory Virginia Tech finishes the season with an overall record of 29-27 after digging themselves out of an initial 6-14 record.  Their conference record stands at 13-11.  Although the regular season is over the ACC Softball Championship looms large, and will be held from May 12 – May 14 at N.C. State. 

This past week Kelsey Mericka was named the Virginia Tech Athlete of the Week due to her stellar efforts in affecting a sweep of the Virginia Cavaliers. 

Lacrosse: The Hokies entered the ACC Lacrosse Championships as the No. 8 seed and were slated to face the No. 1 seed North Carolina Tar Heels in the quarter finals round.  Earlier this year UNC defeated VT, 6-15.  Unfortunately, the Tar Heels were able to improve on their previous victory and beat the outmatched Hokies, 6-19, effectively ending the Hokie lacrosse season.  Including the post season, Virginia Tech finished the season with an overall record of 5-13 and a conference record of 0-8.  Best of luck next year ladies!

Men’s Tennis: The No. 32 Hokies will face off against the No. 20 Kentucky Wildcats during the first round of the NCAA Championships on Saturday, May 14.  This marks the tenth consecutive appearance by the VT Men’s Tennis team at the NCAA Championships.  Since the completion of the ACC Championships four Hokies have earned All-ACC honors.  Joao Monteiro was named to the first team, and Andreas Bjerrehus was named to the second team.  Both Amerigo Contini and Edoardo Tessaro were a named to the third team.  Senior, Joao Monteiro, has been named to compete in the NCAA Singles Championships and was named an All-American.  He is the third Hokie to ever earn the honor and the only Hokie named since 1999 when Aaron Marchetti was named.  Monteiro is not finished though.  He will pair up with teammate, Andrea Bjerrehus, in the NCAA doubles competition. 

Women’s Tennis: Not to be outdone, the No. 34 Virginia Tech women’s tennis squad will also be making a trip to the NCAA Championships.  The Hokies will travel to Lubbock Texas to face the No. 21 Mississippi State Bulldogs on Friday, May 13.  Virginia Tech had two athletes earn All-ACC honors.  Francesca Fusinato was named to the second team, and Elena Cerezo-Codina was named to the third. 

Track and Field: The men’s outdoor squad has moved up to No. 10. They represent the highest ranked ACC squad in the country.  Thomas Curtin set a school record, 13:33.88, in the 5000m at the Payton Jordan Invite, which was also good enough to place him as the fourth best national performance in the event this year.  Both the women’s and men’s squads have finished their regular seasons and look toward the ACC Outdoor Championships, which will be conducted May 13 – May 15.