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NCAA Basketball: NCAA Tournament-First Round-Virginia Tech vs Alabama Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Lacrosse

For the first time in the history of the program the Hokies were selected to the NCAA Championship Tournament. VT earned their all-time best overall record of 14-7 and an impressive conference record of 5-2. After only two seasons with the Hokies, head coach, John Chung, has taken VT’s lacrosse squad from a team that struggled simply to reach 0.500 to a team that wins in the Championship Tournament. Every Hokie talks about which program will bring Virginia Tech its first national championship. I wouldn’t be surprised if it ends up being women’s lacrosse. Congratulations Coach Sung and ladies, on an incredible job!

Softball

The women of Virginia Tech were unable to re-capture the performance of 2015 or 2016 but were able to improve on the 2017 effort that saw them finish with an overall record of 19-34. During the 2017-2018 season the softball team finished with an overall record of 23-30 and a conference record of 7-16. They wrapped up their season earlier this month, during the ACC Championship, with a win over the Duke Blue Devils before falling to the Pittsburgh Panthers. The Hokies now look to prepare for the 2018-2019 season!

Track and Field

Four Virginia Tech Hokies won conference titles during the ACC Outdoor Championships. Rachel Pocratsky won the 1500 meter when she ran the fastest time in the country, for the year, with a 4:10.03 and shattered the school record. But, Rachel wasn’t done and shortly thereafter won the 800 meters with a time of 2:03.36. Vincent Ciattei won the men’s 1500 with a time of 3:46.37 and the Hokies also locked up second in the 1500 with Diego Zarate (3:46.52). Eszter Bajnok won the long jump and the triple jump with a program record of 13.39 meters – that’s almost 44 feet you guys… jeez! Marek Barter threw his discus 195 feet 9 inches, which was good for the gold. Congratulations Hokies! Their effort is also what allowed VT to win the Commonwealth Clash!

Men’s Tennis

The No. 35 Hokies earned a spot in the NCAA Championship, but fell in the first round to No. 26 Kentucky, 0-4. Additionally, junior, Mitch Harper, was named to the 2018 All-ACC First Team. Mitch was the only Hokie named to any All-ACC team.

Women’s Tennis

The Hokies advanced pretty far in the ACC Championship, defeating the Louisville Cardinals and No. 17 Florida State Seminoles before falling to No. 15 Miami… grrr… Miami. Natalie Novotna was named to the All-ACC Second Team and was also the sole Hokie named to an All-ACC Team.

Go Hokies!!!