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CARY, N.C. -- The best women's soccer season in Virginia Tech history came to an end Friday when Florida State beat Virginia Tech 3-2 in an NCAA semifinal. Jamia Fields of FSU scored with 7:28 to go to give FSU the 3-2 lead. Fields had scored early in the second half to give FSU a 2-1 lead, but Ashley Meier of Tech tied the score with 11:23 to go. The score was tied 1-1 at halftime.
The last time Virginia’s women’s soccer team walked off the pitch at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C., it had just lost 4-2 in the Atlantic Coast Conference semifinals to in-state rival Virginia Tech, its only defeat of the year. “We were very disappointed about what happened in the ACCs,” UVa freshman midfielder Alexis Shaffer, a Cary native, said this week. “But I also think because of the loss, that’s what gave us a lot more motivation.
CHARLOTTESVILLE — George Gelnovatch and Steve Swanson had always been friendly, but back in 2005 they took their relationship to another level. Gelnovatch, the Virginia men’s soccer coach, and Swanson, the UVa women’s coach, teamed up to coach their 8-year-old sons in a local league. “It was a lot of fun,” said Gelnovatch Gelnovatch chuckled when asked how those teams he coached with Swanson fared. “We always won,” he said,
Tim Maypray was the only VMI player to be named to the Big South's All-Decade football squad announced Thursday by the conference. Maypray was named All-Big South at four different positions - kick returner, punt returner, quarterback and receiver - during his career from 2006-09. Among the former Liberty University stars on the team were RB Rashad Jennings (Jefferson Forest/Liberty Christian), TE Chris Luck (Liberty High School) and OL Eddie
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State got manhandled and outhustled by North Carolina. And, the Spartans' school-record, three-week run as the No. 1 team in The Associated Press college basketball poll ended with a thud. The Tar Heels had five scorers in double figures and more players going after loose balls and rebounds in a 79-65 win over Michigan State on its home court Wednesday night. "We looked like a
BLACKSBURG — The Virginia Tech women’s soccer team wanted another crack at beating Florida State. Today, the Hokies will get their wish. Virginia Tech faces FSU at 5 p.m. at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C., in the Women’s College Cup — soccer’s version of the Final Four. Florida State (22-1-3) has beaten Tech (19-4-3) seven straight times, including twice this year. The Seminoles won 2-1 in Blacksburg on Oct.
BLACKSBURG — Even his bank knows him as “Chugger.” Charles “Chugger” Adair is the coach of the Virginia Tech women’s soccer team, which will play in the NCAA semifinals Friday for the first time in its history. His mother gave him the nickname “Chugger” when he was a toddler. It has stayed with him, first as a player and now as a coach. “If I was in the real world,
CHARLOTTESVILLE — Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan has vivid memories of the first time one of his teams won a basketball game when it shot under 30 percent from the field. He never thought it would happen a second time. "This sets a record," Ryan said Wednesday night after a 48-38 victory at Virginia in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. Eighth-ranked Wisconsin (9-0) shot 28.8 percent from the field, including 25.9 percent in
CHARLOTTESVILLE — Joe Harris walked through the postgame handshake line with his hands on his hips, slowly making his way toward the Wisconsin players. The Badgers had been waiting for him all night, hadn’t they? To contest his shots. To cut off his drives through the lane. To pester him, vex him, get him out of his game. It worked this time. And for Virginia to have the kind of
RADFORD -- The Radford men's basketball team must love seeing the Central Penn Knights show up at the Dedmon Center doorsteps. Hey, everybody loves throwing down a Christmas-time cupcake, don't they? For the third straight year, Central Penn rolled into town and provided to be a tasty holiday treat for the hosts Wednesday night. This time, the Highlanders devoured the undersized and overmatched visitors to the tune of a 111-72
The company that is assisting in the search for a successor to Virginia Tech athletic director Jim Weaver is headed by a name that is familiar on the ACC and Virginia sports scene. Virginia Tech has turned to Todd Turner, president and founder of Collegiate Sports Associates, which has aided in AD searches at Clemson, Florida State and the University of Richmond. Weaver announced Nov. 12 that he was stepping
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Virginia Tech's Uju Ugoka had a career-high 32 points and 11 rebounds, but Indiana fended off the Hokies 71-65 in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. Ugoka scored 26 of her 32 in the second half. Virginia Tech (6-2) trailed by as much as 19 in the second half, but 13 straight points by Ugoka closed the gap. The Hokies pulled to 63-60 on a 3-point play by Ugoka
Virginia Tech senior Victoria Hamsher has been named to the All-ACC first team, while Virginia's Jasmine Burton was chosen as freshman of the year. UVa's Lauren Fuller made the second team. Burton was joined on the third team by Tech's Kathryn Caine and UVa's Tori Janowski. Burton was joined on the all-freshman team by UVa's Haley Kole and Tech's Lindsey Owens.
BLACKSBURG — With league title games yet to be played, BCS fallout to follow and the usual backroom politicking that goes on with bowl selections, Virginia Tech’s postseason destination won’t be known for sure until Sunday. Nevertheless, the consensus is that it’s likely Tech ends up in the Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas, if nothing crazy happens this weekend. “Right now, I think Virginia Tech is pointing our way
RADFORD — Last year, the Radford University volleyball team was a .500 squad with an injured star and poor chemistry. This year, the Highlanders have made the NCAA tournament. After sweeping the Big South regular-season and tournament crowns, Radford will make its first NCAA tournament appearance in 13 years when it visits Minnesota on Friday. “We have something to prove,” said Radford freshman Jordan Watson, an Auburn High School graduate.
BLACKSBURG — The Virginia Tech men’s basketball team was not deemed worthy of playing in this week’s Big Ten-ACC Challenge, but the Hokies did get a Big South challenge Tuesday. Jarell Eddie made sure the short-handed Hokies prevailed. Eddie scored a career-high 34 points to help Virginia Tech fend off Big South member Winthrop 81-63 at Cassell Coliseum. “After I made one, I kind of got in a zone,” said
Virginia Tech cornerback Kendall Fuller played at a level well beyond his years this season. The ACC’s media recognized that Tuesday. Fuller was honored by the media as the ACC Defensive Rookie of the Year, beating out Duke safety DeVon Edwards and fellow Hokies cornerback Brandon Facyson. The true freshman from Baltimore, Tech’s first five-star recruit since Tyrod Taylor in 2007, started 11 games and played a variety of roles
VMI football coach Sparky Woods spent the weekend in Auburn, Ala., where he watched his son’s Auburn Tigers pull off what many have called the game’s greatest finish ever in stunning two-time defending national champion Alabama 34-28 on Saturday. “It was unbelievable, wasn’t it?” said Woods, referring to Chris Davis’ 109-yard return of a missed field-goal attempt for a touchdown that beat the Crimson Tide on the game’s final play.
WOMEN'S SOCCER Virginia Tech will play in the first game of the NCAA semifinals Friday, with Virginia playing in the nightcap. The Hokies will face Florida State at 5 p.m. Friday in Cary, N.C. UVa will face UCLA at 7:30 p.m. Both games are on ESPNU. Conway honored Radford senior midfielder Rachel Conway has been named to the Academic All-America first team. Conway has a 4.0 GPA. She had four
CHARLOTTESVILLE — There was no occasion for a dramatic reading Saturday at Scott Stadium, as had been the case during a visit from Virginia Tech four years earlier. On that day, then-Virginia football coach Al Groh pulled a piece of paper from his pocket and began to read from the poem “The Guy in the Glass.” As opposed to Groh, who knew he had coached his final game in 2009,
CHARLOTTESVILLE - Just 57 seconds into Sunday's NCAA round-of-16 soccer game against Marquette, Virginia defender Matt Brown was hit with a red card, leaving UVa to play a man down for the rest of the game. Virginia, though, didn't let it affect them. The Cavaliers, playing with a palpable spunk, were as focused and dominant as they've been all season. Virginia, thanks to goals by Scott Thomsen, Darius Madison and
Radford will open play in the NCAA women's volleyball tournament against Minnesota in the Lexington, Ky., regional at 8 p.m. Friday in Minneapolis, Minn. Radford returns to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2000 after locking up the Big South Conference's automatic bid by way of a 3-0 win over Coastal Carolina in the conference tournament. The Highlanders sit with a record of 25-9 overall while Minnesota enters
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