Hello everyone! Apologies for my intermittent presence over the last month. My real-people job has had me all over the place, presenting significant scheduling and connectivity issues for me! But, I am back… for like, a month! Anyway, I am sure you have all been missing the Hokie Sports Round Up articles! I’ll do my best to catch you up on the goings-on of Virginia Tech’s various athletic efforts!
Wrestling: The Virginia Tech Hokies kicked off the season ranked No. 9 and are currently No. 10. So far, they’ve collected wins against then No. 21 Stanford, Chattanooga, and then No. 17 Central Michigan. The Hokies fell to No. 4 Missouri, 12-22. This weekend VT is competing at the Cliff Keen Invite where No. 2 David McFadden (165) and No. 2 Jared Haught (197) have earned spots in the finals for their respective weight classes.
Women’s Basketball: The Hokies kicked off their second season under head coach Kenny Brooks last month with a home win against Wagner, 99-32. That score doesn’t seem for reals, but it is. That victory set the tone for a five-game winning streak, to start the season, which included wins against Auburn, USC Upstate, UCF, and Drexel. VT suffered some setbacks during the Paradise Jam when Butler edged a close win 77-79 and the No. 11 West Virginia Mountaineers defeated the Hokies 61-79. The women of Virginia Tech bounced nicely against Illinois, winning 96-49 at the Big Ten / ACC Challenge. Tomorrow the Hokies return home and host Radford at Cassell Coliseum.
Cross Country: Last month the Virginia Tech Hokies Men’s Cross Country team finished 20th at the NCAA Championships. The performance is the best the program has achieved since 1987 when they finished fourth.
Men’s Soccer: The Hokies finished the regular season 9-9 after falling in the second round of the ACC Championship to No. 1 Wake Forest. Even with the 0.500 record VPI’s men earned a consecutive invitation to the NCAA Tournament where they defeated Air Force in the first round, 2-0. They came up short in the second round when the Michigan State Spartans defeated the Hokies, 0-3. The men finished the season with and overall record of 10-10 and a conference record of 3-5.
Full Time from DeMartin Stadium pic.twitter.com/CKBwhOYdhD— VT Men's Soccer (@HokiesMSoccer) November 19, 2017
Women’s Soccer: Virginia Tech struggled during the second half of the season, earning four ties, six losses, and a singular win during the last 11 games of the season. Unfortunately, the Hokies missed an invitation to the tournament. The Fighting Gobblers finished the season with an overall record of 7-6-5 and a conference record of 1-5-4.
The final from Thompson Field. pic.twitter.com/M6n8jIcm2q— VT Women's Soccer (@HokiesWSoccer) October 27, 2017
Swimming and Diving: The Hokies have been in and out of the Top 25 throughout the season. Most recently they finished in third place out of seven participating schools. Virginia Tech returns to the pool this January when they travel to New York and face Buffalo.
Volleyball: The Hokies struggled this season on the volleyball court, finishing the season with an overall record of 10-21 and a conference record of 4-16. A high point in a disappointing year was the 3-2 victory over the Virginia Cavaliers on November 22.
Congratulations to all the Hokies and their spectacular efforts!