Hello everyone! It’s been a month since I last posted and for that I apologize. As many of you know I am active duty, and as much as I wish I could spend more time writing and interacting with all of you my real-people job generates significant limitations regarding my availability. I wish I could tell you that this would be less of an issue going forward, but the truth is that it will become an even greater barrier. Rest assured I will strive to generate content when I am able!
Alright! Enough of that! Our Virginia Tech Hokies have been very active over the last few weeks! Let’s get caught up on the endeavors of the spring sports!
The men of Virginia Tech wrestling have been busy over the last month! Things kicked off at the Virginia Duals, held in Hampton, VA, with the Hokies sporting a No. 9 national ranking. The Hokies started off with a blistering route of Campbell, 40-0. VT continued their domination with wins over ODU (28-9) and Oklahoma (32-3). The Hokies then suffered the second loss of their season when they fell to No. 10 Arizona State, 15-21. Both of VT’s losses came against top ten squads.
The Fighting Gobblers didn’t let the defeat slow them down, defeating Edinboro the next weekend, 20-15. Afterwards, now ranked No. 10, the Hokies defeated No. 9 Lehigh, 20-17. Over the last few weeks they have collected two conference wins over Duke (24-19) and UNC (21-9). There are only two meets left before the ACC Championships. Today the Hokies are in Charlottesville to face the Virginia Cavaliers before VT wraps up the regular season in Raleigh, NC against rival NCST. After their defeat of Duke the Hokies reclaimed the No. 9 national ranking and will look to continue their ACC dominance in Chapel Hill the first week of March during the ACC Championship. NCAA Championships kick off on 15 March in Cleveland, Ohio.
#HokieNation— VT Wrestling (@HokiesWrestling) February 10, 2018
In Charlottesville for @HokiesMBB vs. 'Hoos tonight?
Stick around tomorrow when the #Hokies take on UVA at 1 p.m. in the Commonwealth Clash❗️
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In early January the Hokies fell to the No. 3 Louisville Cardinals, 56-67, before rebounding (Ha!) against Pitt, 89-66. VT then traveled to Tallahassee where they were absolutely brought to their knees by the No. 13 Seminoles, 62-107. Unfortunately, they followed up the beating by FSU with two more defeats at the hands of No. 15 Duke (75-86) and the loathed Virginia Cavaliers (52-61). But, the women of VPI shook off the three-game skid to win three of their last four, collecting wins against GT (68-62), Syracuse (73-64), and UNC (90-74), but barely losing to Miami (78-82). The Commonwealth Cup contest continues today when the Hokies look to avenge their previous loss to the Hoos. The game starts at 2 PM Eastern and can be streamed on ACC Network Extra. VT sports a 16-8 overall record, with a 5-6 conference mark.
Yesterday the Hokies opened the Lacrosse season, out here near my stomping ground, at No. 8 USC. Unfortunately, they collected a 5-11 loss against the Trojans. VT’s next match is on Valentine’s Day at James Madison before they continue their tour of Virginia, hosting ODU.
The women of VT softball kicked off the season this past week at the Sand Dollar Classic! They opened with a 1-5 loss against No. 4 Ole Miss. That was followed with a much closer game against Lamar, but still a fall, 9-10. The Hokies regrouped and destroyed Florida A&M, 19-1 in five innings, before the game was called. They then evened out their record with a 3-1 victory over Penn State. VPI did have a game against No. 11 Alabama yesterday, but it was canceled due to weather. This coming weekend the Hokies head to Durham, NC for the ACC / Big Ten Challenge, opening against Purdue before against facing the Nittany Lions. The Hokies are currently 2-2, on the season.
Virginia Tech’s men’s squad is off to a fast start, sporting a 7-1 record with wins over Liberty, North Carolina A&T, Penn State, Eastern Kentucky, JMU, St. Bonaventure, and Richmond. Their singular loss came against ‘Bama in late January. The Hokies are on a bit of a hiatus, but pick it back up against Davidson on 25 February.
The Hokies have sprinted out to an impressive 4-0 record, outscoring their opponents, 22-5. Virginia Tech has wins over ETSU, Appalachian State, Missouri, and Marshall. Next weekend they face Liberty.
Swimming and Diving
The No. 24 Hokies started things back up in January and closed out the regular season with a 218-82 win over Rutgers, but they struggled against some highly ranked Big Ten Teams, namely No. 2 Michigan and No. 11 Ohio State. The ACC Championships kick off in Greensboro, NC on Valentine’s Day.