Virginia Tech guard announces she's returning to Blacksburg in 2024-25

Guard Carleigh Wenzel announced on X that she's returning to Virginia Tech next season under new coach Megan Duffy.

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The news over the last eight days has been nothing short of disappointing for Virginia Tech fans. First, Kenny Brooks leaves Blacksburg following the Hokies' second-round tournament loss to Baylor on March 24 to take over at Kentucky.

Friday, Georgia Amoore said goodbye to Virginia Tech fans and did not announce her next move, which became official on Monday afternoon when she went into the transfer portal. Tuesday, freshman Clara Strack entered the transfer portal and both players have a no-contact tag in the portal, which leaves everyone to believe that they could be headed to Kentucky to follow Brooks.

Wednesday morning, Virginia Tech athletic director Whit Babcock hired Megan Duffy from Marquette to replace Brooks and it appears that it is a very good hire. Time will tell. Wednesday afternoon, a current Hokies guard announced on X that she is returning to Blacksburg for the 2024-25 season.

Carleigh Wenzel announces that she is returning to Virginia Tech in 2024-25

Freshman Carleigh Wenzel announced Wednesday that she is returning to Virginia Tech for next season saying that she loved being a part of what has been built in Blacksburg and that she'll "see Hokie nation next season!''

In 33 games this season she averaged 4.2 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.5 assists a game playing behind Amoore and King. In the NCAA Tournament, she had 12 points, six rebounds and seven assists against Marshall, then had six points in a loss to Baylor.

There are some other key pieces within the program that Duffy would like to retain in Matilda Ekh and Rose Micheaux and it's likely she'll meet with them by Friday before her introductory press conference at Virginia Tech. Regardless, Wenzel returning is a good start for the Duffy era in Blacksburg.