It was a busy weekend in Blacksburg in terms of games. Not only was the football team in action at Lane Stadium against Purdue, but the men’s and women’s soccer teams both hosted games and the volleyball continued its perfect start to the 2023 season.
In this edition of Virginia Tech Hokies news, we discuss football injuries, how the results turned out on the pitch, and recap another perfect weekend for the volleyball team.
No news on Virginia Tech football injuries
Football coach Brent Pry has yet to speak with the media since after his team’s 24-17 loss to Purdue Saturday night. When asked about injuries to his two wide receivers, Ali Jennings and Jaylin Lane, he did not comment. The Jennings injury did not look good and it is unlikely he will play this weekend at Rutgers or maybe again this season. Quarterback Grant Wells was also replaced on the game’s final drive and his availability is also up in the air.
Lane stayed on the sideline the entire game despite not playing much of the second half and it’s unlikely Pry tips his hands much this week as to who will be under center Saturday. The Hokies were missing cornerback Nasir Peoples against the Boilermakers as well.
Virginia Tech men’s soccer ties North Carolina
The Hokies men’s soccer team opened up ACC play Friday night at home and played 19th-ranked North Carolina to a 1-1 draw. Oliver Roche opened the scoring for the Hokies in the 76th minute when he scored off a Declan Quill pass.
North Carolina tied the game in the 82nd minute after a weather delay to leave with the tie. Virginia Tech is 0-2-3, with their three ties in their last three matches, and will travel to Louisville Friday night.
Virginia Tech women’s soccer loses to Northwestern
Hosting the 20th-ranked Wildcats, the Hokies jumped out to an early lead, fell behind 2-1, and tied the game early in the second half, but Northwestern scored just two minutes Tech tied the game for a tough 3-2 win on the road to improve to 6-0-2.
Taylor Price scored the first of her two goals in the 26th minute, but two goals by the Wildcats just over a minute apart in the 27th and 28th minutes gave the visitors a 2-1 lead. Price tied the game in the 52nd minute in the second half, but Northwestern answered in the 54th minute with the game-winner. It’s obviously not the result Tech was hoping for, but at 3-2-3, they open up ACC play Friday at North Carolina.
Volleyball remains undefeated winning three matches
The Hokies women’s volleyball team won all three games in Pennsylvania over the weekend and capped off their trip with a 3-1 win over Fairleigh Dickinson. It’s the best start for Virginia Tech since 2009.
Hanna Borer continues to be a big part of Tech’s success early in the season and against FDU, she recorded a career-high 47 assists. After playing in the Lehigh Invitational, the Hokies return to Blacksburg this upcoming weekend when they host Queens, Duquesne, and East Carolina in the Virginia Tech Classic.