Hokie Nation was hopping to it over the last week. Let’s take a trip through the news feeds:
Of course we were still smarting over the drubbing the Men’s team took against Carolina in Chapel Hill. It seems that a game that could have started something a bit negative was shaken off quite thoroughly. A fired up and dangerous Syracuse Orange team showed up at Cassell and was profoundly reminded by the team, led by Justin Robinson with a career high 35 points, 27 of which were 3’s that the Hokies are undefeated at home this season.
He did it!— Virginia Tech Men's Basketball (@HokiesMBB) January 27, 2019
Justin Robinson (@5Alive_) racks up the most career assists in school history with 548 #getBETTER | #Hokies pic.twitter.com/3SyblsAggA
So, the first thing, today we get notified of this “little” honor.
After a steady performance versus UNC & a record-breaking night against Syracuse, Justin Robinson (@5Alive_) earns @accmbb Player of the Week!— Virginia Tech Men's Basketball (@HokiesMBB) January 28, 2019
» https://t.co/4yIMDhE5Fr#getBETTER | #Hokies pic.twitter.com/QO8lenBTjS
So the ACC Player of the Week gets honored for his career effort.
Meanwhile the polls are out, and I don’t mind telling folks that I was wincing more than a bit. The Carolina road trip-up.. didn’t do as much damage to the rankings as we feared.
Tech is ranked 12th in the AP Poll:
NEW POLL ALERT— SB Nation CBB (@SBNationCBB) January 28, 2019
22 Miss. State
And 11th in the Coaches Poll. We dropped three places there, but it wasn’t horrible considering the blowout split between the Tar Heels and the Orange.
The next game is on the road in Coral Gables where the Hokies travel to take on the struggling Miami Hurricanes. This should be a good road win for the Hokies but as Jawhar reminds us all, the Hokies have been cursed in south Florida for a while.
The Hokie women’s basketball team cannot seem to get out of the ACC bucket. Their season went south just past the half way point as the ACC run began, and yesterday they nearly pulled off a losing streak breaker but still dropped a frustrating heartbreaker to Florida State 54-56.
Final from Cassell this afternoon pic.twitter.com/t8VVc6dM8e— Virginia Tech Women's Basketball (@HokiesWBB) January 27, 2019
The women keep trying to find a formula to break the power slide. Hopefully something starts moving their way soon.
The wrestling team is ranked 12th for the moment. Last week they took on ACC rival #13 Pitt for the Conference Opener with an absolutely resounding win. The match was done in Cassell, and the place got to rocking as Hokie after Hokie had his arm raised in the center of the mat.
#Hokies win their ACC opener❗️— Virginia Tech Wrestling (@HokiesWrestling) January 26, 2019
Thanks to the 3,187 that came out to Cassell tonight pic.twitter.com/EykGo9vqdm
Then Tech traveled to Bethlehem, PA to take on #24 Lehigh in a ranked on ranked non-conference match up. The Hokies ran (or is that grappled?) away with the huge win.
#Hokies keep rolling.— Virginia Tech Wrestling (@HokiesWrestling) January 27, 2019
7⃣ in a row❗️ pic.twitter.com/KyeO4tTmj1
New rankings might just see some new movement for the Hokie wrestlers.
Indoor Track and Field
Let’s take a look at some of the winners in the latest road tournament, along with high placements that are pushing the Hokie Indoor Season into the impressive category.
#BobPollackInvitational | M PV— Virginia Tech Track & Field (@HokiesTFXC) January 26, 2019
1. Deakin Volz 5.40m (17’8.5”)
3. Jaelyn Demory 4.85m (15’11”)
7. Harrison Rice 4.55m (14’11”)
The vaulters get three top-seven finishes & Volz gets his third first-place finish of the season. pic.twitter.com/x4tv36Z4Po
#BobPollackInvitational | M 200— Virginia Tech Track & Field (@HokiesTFXC) January 26, 2019
1. Jacory Patterson 20.84
4. Michael Davenport 21.56
5. Cole Beck 21.77
Beck sets a new PR & Patterson runs the fourth-fastest time in school history pic.twitter.com/dkJumwfZE2
Note that Cole Beck is not in conditioning camp. He just set a personal best record for the 200 meter and placed 5th in the same tournament. We’ll see what happens when he gets a chance to pad up and run on the football field in 2019.
And now Blacksburg awaits more winter, as the threat of ice and snow looms for the morning hours.