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Spring Sports Update, Part 2
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In last week’s TSLMail, we noted that the softball team had a very important series against the Florida State Seminoles, who were right behind the Hokies in the ACC standings. Virginia Tech won two out of three games against FSU and distanced themselves in the standings. This weekend there is another important series, and the Hokies have a chance to move up in the ACC standings.

Tech sits 10-7 in ACC play and 34-14 overall. They will travel to Atlanta to take on Georgia Tech in a 3-game series over the weekend. Georgia Tech is slightly ahead of the Hokies in the ACC standings, in third place, at 11-7 and 42-16. The teams will face off in a double header on Saturday and will also play one game Sunday. This will be Virginia Tech’s last ACC series before the ACC Softball Championship begins on May 11 in Chapel Hill. The Hokies will also play a double header against Liberty on May 4.

Besides the big series win against Florida State, the Hokies also defeated UNC-Greensboro two times during the week, including a 2-0 victory that saw sophomore standout Angela Tincher record her fourth no-hitter of the season.


After struggling the majority of the season, the baseball team didn’t show much improvement in their weekend series with Duke. The Hokies managed to take the first game 8-4, and had a chance to bring themselves out of the ACC Coastal Division cellar. The second game of the series was televised, and VT got taken out of the game early, eventually losing 15-1. Tech went on to drop the last game of the series 10-9.

Virginia Tech has nine more ACC games remaining. They play Clemson, NC State and Virginia three times apiece. All three are quality teams, and unless the Hokies pull some major upsets, they don’t stand much of a chance of finishing higher than last place in the Coastal Division. Tech is currently three games behind Duke. The ACC Tournament begins on May 24.

Track and Field

The women’s track and field team finished fifth in the ACC Championships last weekend, while the men came home in seventh place. The men are also still ranked in the top 10 in the latest Trackwire 25, coming in at ninth.

For the men’s team, senior pole vaulter Brian Mondschein won the ACC Championship after vaulting 5.4 meters. Billy Berlin also had a solid performance, finishing fourth in the 1,500 meters.

For the women’s team, Saskia Triesscheijn finished second in the javelin, earning All-ACC honors. She also finished in seventh place in the high jump. Patrice Potts, a freshman, finished second in the 100 meters and eighth in the 200 meters.

The Hokies will participate in several more meets before the NCAA Regionals. Tech will travel to Penn, Stanford, Liberty and Georgia Tech before heading to the NCAA Regionals on May 26. The NCAA Championships begin June 7.


After two seasons in the ACC, the women’s lacrosse team is still without a conference victory. On Thursday they fell 12-7 to UNC in the first round of the ACC Tournament in Baltimore. With women's lacrosse possibly the most talented and most competitive of any sport in the ACC, it will be extremely difficult for Virginia Tech to make headway.

In other lacrosse news, Lindsay Pieper was named All-ACC by the conference coaches on Thursday. The junior midfielder had 46 goals and 54 points for the Hokies this season. She has 85 goals for her career, which ranks eighth on Tech’s all-time list. She was one of 19 players named to the all-ACC team.


The Virginia Tech golf team recently finished fourth at the ACC Golf Championship at New London, North Carolina. The Hokies shot an 872 in the three-round tournament. Virginia and Boston College finished behind Tech in the championship, and Georgia Tech and North Carolina finished tied for first place.

Junior Ryan Sypniewski, from Radford, VA, finished the championship with a one-under-par total of 215. He finished in 24th place individually in the championship.

The ACC Golf Championship concludes Tech’s season. The Hokies will return all but two golfers next season.


The men’s tennis team was eliminated in the second round of the ACC Tournament by the Duke Blue Devils. The Hokies defeated Georgia Tech in the first round of the tournament. With the season-ending loss to Duke, Tech finishes 12-14 overall and 3-8 in the ACC. VT had just one senior on its team this year, so next season should be a strong one for the Hokies.

The women’s tennis team was eliminated in the first round of the ACC Tournament by Virginia. The Hokies finished with a 12-12 overall record and a 1-10 ACC mark. Tech did manage to finish ahead of Boston College in the ACC standings. The Eagles did not win an ACC match. Like the men’s team, the women’s team is also young. The team was comprised of one junior, five sophomores and five freshmen. Freshman Inga Beermann was named a member of the All-ACC team. Pass - Your Ultimate Ticket to Hokie Sports!

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Eleven Offers for Cloy

April 28, 2006
6-4, 260-pound Mason Cloy saw time at the center and tight end positions in his junior season last year. He did very well at both positions and, although most programs see him as a center on the 1A level, he is getting a few looks to play tight end. “Mason Cloy is a center and we moved him to tight end out of necessity,” Spring Valley head coach Jimmy Noonan said. “That tells you how athletic this kid is. He runs a sub 5.0 in the 40. He’s the area’s best lacrosse player.”

2006 VT NFL Draft Preview
April 27, 2006
The 2005 Virginia Tech football team was one of the most talented Hokie teams ever, and that is expected to show up in the 2006 NFL Draft. The Hokies could have as many as four players taken in the first three rounds of the draft, and they all hail from the defensive side of the ball.

Morgan Focused on 2006 Season
April 27, 2006
This off-season, Varina standout Davon Morgan has been intense and focused on preparing for his senior season and a run at a state championship for his Blue Devil squad. The 6-0 quarterback/free safety has enjoyed working with his teammates and has helped improve his strength and size as well.

D.J. Thomas Visits Tech
April 26, 2006
5-9, 170-pound Patrick Henry (Ashland, VA) star D.J. Thomas made an unofficial visit to Virginia Tech for its spring game on April 15th. It was the only unofficial trip he has made this spring, and the trip appears to have gone very well. Virginia Tech is the only school to have offered thus far.

The Road to Signing Day 2007: What's an Evaluation Period?
April 26, 2006
The NCAA football recruiting calendar has entered its "Evaluation Period," which means that college coaches, for the next few weeks, can head out and make off-campus visits to evaluate recruits – hence the name. But what is meant by "Evaluation Period"? What's allowed, and what's not allowed? The answers, like so many things surrounding football recruiting, are confusing, amusing, and even a little strange.

DeChristopher's Stock on the Rise
April 25, 2006
Clover Hill (Midlothian, VA) offensive line prospect Blake DeChristopher has been rising up the recruiting charts of late. The 6-5, 290-pound standout recently landed his first official scholarship offer – from Virginia Tech – and is drawing serious interest from schools in the ACC and Big Ten.

Recruiting Classes of the Past: 1985
April 24, 2006
For those of you who follow recruiting, you are no doubt familiar with's recruiting database. It contains information on Tech recruiting prospects from this year and years past. Here in the TechSideline office, we have Hokie Huddlers dating back to 1985, and media guides that go back to 1987, Frank Beamer's first season in Blacksburg. So we have resources for information on past Virginia Tech recruiting classes that the general fan does not. This spring and summer, that will change.

In-State Schools Battle for Fells-Danzer
April 24, 2006
6-2, 230-pound Culpeper (VA) standout linebacker prospect Terence Fells-Danzer was another prospect to visit both the Virginia Tech and Virginia spring games. Virginia was the first and only program to offer before these recent visits, but things changed before Tech’s spring game began.

Tyrod Taylor Takes in VT, UVa Spring Games
April 24, 2006
Hampton (VA) star quarterback Tyrod Taylor visited both Virginia Tech and Virginia over the past two weekends – first to Virginia Tech for its spring game on April 15th and then to Virginia on the 22nd for its spring game. According to his father Rodney, Tyrod enjoyed both experiences and both in-state programs appear in serious contention for the all-state performer.

Hokies Enter Offseason With Little Hype, Low Expectations
April 24, 2006
The hype around VT football was conspicuously absent this spring. Things were slower on the TSL web site, fans weren't talking to me about Hokie football as much, and the general attitude among the fan base is very much wait-and-see. When combined with a ho-hum 2006 schedule, the buzz and anticipation for next year isn't as strong as it has been in the past. As we head into three months of football yawns, where the only news tends to be bad off-field news, the 2006 Hokies are still looking for an identity.
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