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   Tech Sports News

Tech Women Make 2nd Round, Fall to Purdue
by Will Stewart,

For the fifth time in a row, the 7th-seeded Virginia Tech's women's basketball team won their first-round NCAA Tournament game, knocking off 10th-seeded Georgia Tech last Saturday, 61-59. The Hokies took a 59-53 lead, gave up six straight points, and then won on a driving shot by freshman point guard Carrie Mason with 1.1 seconds left.

The Hokies were led by All-Big East first-teamer Ieva Kublina, who had 18 points and 6 rebounds, and Chrystal Starling chipped in 15.

That put the Hokies into the second round, where they fell to 2nd-seeded host team Purdue, 80-62. The Boilermakers, ranked 10th in the nation, took a commanding 41-24 lead and then weathered a Hokie comeback that saw Tech get within five points at 52-47.

Tech hung close, but with the score 63-55 with 6:50 to go, Purdue embarked on a 17-7 run to close out the game. Tech was led by Chrystal Starling with 16 points in her final game in a Hokie uniform, but Purdue shut down Kublina, holding her to just five points on 2-of-5 shooting.

The Hokies end the season 22-10, their sixth 20-win season under coach Bonnie Henrickson in six years, and their fourth NCAA Tournament appearance in those six years.

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Jake Grove Makes a Statement

Heading into his senior season, Tech center Jake Grove (6-3, 300) has emerged from winter conditioning drills and max testing as a standout among the offensive linemen.

First of all, in February max weightlifting testing, Grove blew away a 21-year old bench press record for Virginia Tech centers, pressing 490 pounds. This topped the old mark of 475 pounds, set by Mark Udinski in 1982. Grove nearly matched the all-time bench press record at VT, held by former OT Josh Redding at 500 pounds (1999), and Grove's 490 stands as the second-best bench press ever at Virginia Tech.

Among the seven position records listed in the Virginia Tech football media guide, Grove now holds three: bench press, vertical jump (35 inches in 1999), and power clean (376 pounds in 2000).

Keith Short holds the center position records for 40 yard dash (4.81 in 1998) and push jerk (387 pounds in 1998). Todd Washington holds the other two records, for hang clean (445 pounds in 1997) and back squat (680 pounds in 1997).

In a strange twist, Grove bench pressed (490) more than he squatted (475), making him the only VT football player to go through 2003 winter max testing with that odd distinction. The average OL bench press was 383.4 pounds, and the average squat was 525.9.

While the bench press record is nice, where Grove really stood out was in the dreaded 6 a.m. winter workouts March 10th through 21st. There are six 6 a.m. workouts over a two-week stretch, occurring on Monday-Wednesday-Friday of each of the two weeks.

The workouts are grueling affairs intended to test (and establish) character and see what players are made of, not to teach or instruct. The drills will lead to improved footwork and stamina, but that's not their focus. Their intent is to push players to the wall to see who responds and to teach each player how to reach deep inside himself for those last reserves of strength. And to find out who the team leaders are.

The coaching staff awards "Commitment to Excellence" T-shirts to players that it feels give 100% effort in a given workout. The player wears the T-shirt to the next workout, and as long as they keep earning it, they keep wearing it.

For a football player, the Holy Grail of 6 a.m. workout achievement is to earn the T-shirt for every workout, a perfect 6-for-6 score. This is difficult to accomplish, not only for obvious reasons, but because the coaching staff always awards just a few T-shirts in the first day of workouts. In 2001, only five T-shirts were awarded on day one, in 2002, just two, and this year, just three.

Grove was the only player to earn all six T-shirts in this year's workouts. That's a remarkable accomplishment for a lineman, as it is not common for the big guys to sweep the shirt awards. In 2002, FS Willie Pile and WR Chris Shreve went 6-for-6 on T-shirts, and in 2001, C Steve DeMasi, LB Brian Welch, and WR Emmett Johnson got shirts every day.

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-- Will Stewart Updates From the Past Week

Weaver Sets His Sights on an Intriguing Target
by Will Stewart,, 3/28/03, 10:00 am
Friday morning, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported that Virginia Tech will interview Rhode Island men's basketball coach Jim Baron for the vacant VT job. No, not the Jim Baron that played on the defensive line for the Virginia Tech football team in the mid-90's, but a middle-aged basketball coach who knows a thing or three about rebuilding basketball programs. And VT's got a basketball program that needs to be rebuilt.
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Spring Practice Update
by Will Stewart,, 3/26/03, 4:05 pm
The Hokies started spring practice last Saturday, and if you're like us, the steady stream of news about position changes and injuries has got your head spinning. Here's a quick primer on who has moved where, who's sitting out because of injury, and who is pulling ahead in the position battles in the early going.
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Recruiting Profile: Matt Welsh
by Will Stewart,, 3/25/03, 12:10 am
As a 38-year old father of three, I'll admit that when I interview recruits, it's often with a tinge of jealousy. These kids are young. They're strong. They're big enough and fast enough to play a game that I would get killed playing at my size of 5-8, 160. They get to play a great game in front of thousands of screaming fans.
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Hokie Women Shoot for Second Sweet 16
by Jeff Ouellet, 3/24/03, 10:00 am
Even if the womenís tournament isnít really for you, you should watch ESPN2 Monday night at 7:00 p.m. as the seventh-seeded Hokie women play their second round game against the second-seeded Purdue Boilermakers.
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