Though most of the sports-related buzz in Blacksburg during the fall usually centers on football, Virginia Tech has other fall sports programs that are worth paying attention to.
Among those other sports are volleyball, men and women’s soccer and men and women’s cross country.
The volleyball team looks to improve on last year’s 16-14 winning season.
The team lost four seniors, but has four promising incoming freshmen who are all over six feet tall.
Men’s soccer had a rather disappointing season last fall, but ended on a high note by beating their first ACC opponent, NC State, in the first round of the ACC tournament. The team went on to lose to top-seeded Maryland by one.
The team has 11 new players — five of whom are international players who are expected to make a big impact this year.
One of the team’s captains, midfielder David Clemens, has high expectations for this season.
“The momentum from last fall is going to be key to our success,” Clemens said. “We have internationals coming in who we feel strongly about, and we think our team can make an impact in the ACC this year.”
The men’s cross country team ended last year at 22nd place in the NCAA tournament. The team also won the ACC title for the first time in school history.
The Hokies will be attempting to come back just as strong this season, despite losing four of the seven runners that competed in the NCAA tournament.
The women’s cross-country team finished 10th in the ACC last fall. They will have a young team this year, with only one redshirt senior on the team.
The women’s soccer team ranked 25th in the country last year and are looking to improve on that this year. Last season ended in an overtime loss to Georgetown in the NCAA tournament.
The Hokies will have five returning seniors and seven returning starters. They have seven incoming freshmen.