In this edition of Virginia Tech news, the new Associated Press women’s basketball Top 25 poll was released and there was some movement for the Hokies and more.
Virginia Tech women’s basketball drops in AP Poll
The Virginia Tech women began the season ranked No. 8 in the women’s basketball preseason poll. They began the season with a win over High Point a week ago, then they had an early season tough test in Charlotte last Thursday night against No. 3 Iowa.
Hawkeyes guard Caitlin Clark proved to be too tough as she scored 44 points as Iowa handed the Hokies an early-season, 80-76, loss. The new AP poll was released Monday and Virginia Tech dropped just one spot despite their loss to No. 9.
ESPN released their first women’s basketball Power Rankings for the 2023-24 season and the Hokies cracked the Top 10. Virginia Tech was ranked 10th and one spot ahead of them was North Carolina State, who pulled a major upset Sunday when they knocked off the University of Connecticut which was ranked No. 2. The ACC team ranked was Florida State at No. 15.
Kenny Brooks’s team returns to the court at home Thursday at 6 p.m. in a non-conference game against Houston Christian.
Virginia Tech volleyball falls to North Carolina State
There was just one game for the Hokeis volleyball team over the weekend and it was a home match against North Carolina State. After winning the first set, 25-16, Virginia Tech dropped the final three, 25-22, 25-19 and 25-15 to lose in four sets.
Leandra Mangual-Duran led the Hokies with 13 kills and teammate Hailey Pearce chipped in with 10. Defensively Iliana Rodriguez had 13 digs against the Wolfpack.
Virginia Tech’s struggles in ACC play continue and they dropped to 2-13 in conference play with the setback. They fell to 12-14 overall and return to the court this coming Sunday when they host Wake Forest.