There’s nothing sweeter than winning a tournament, but winning a tournament at home — that’s just icing on the cake.
The Virginia Tech volleyball team got a taste of how sweet that icing is when they came away as winners of the Hokie Invitational. Tech, Michigan State and Pacific all finished 3-1, but it was the Hokies who claimed the title of tournament champs due to winning more head-to-head sets.
Senior Samantha Gostling led the way for the Hokies this weekend as she notched 45 kills. For her offensive efforts she was awarded tournament MVP.
Senior Kathryn Caine and junior Jordan Fish were also named to the All-Tournament Team. Caine finished the weekend with 35 kills and Fish dished out 130 assists.
Other top contributors were freshman Lindsey Owens and senior Victoria Hamsher who knocked down 37 and 20 kills respectively.
The Hokies began the tournament on a high note when they beat Towson 3-1 in the second match of the day.
Tech and Towson traded points in the first match as the game saw nine ties and six different lead changes. Ultimately though, it would be the Hokies who would came out on top 25-21.
The second match was much like the first with the two teams trading points early on. However, Towson went up 20-11 on Tech, and though the Hokies closed the gap at 24-21, a kill by Towson sealed the game for a tie at one.
Tech went on to take the third and fourth games, as it built runs that would allow them to win both games 25-16 and 25-17 respectively.
The Hokies continued their winning ways Friday night when they swept Pacific 25-22, 25-15 and 25-21.
The Hokies trailed 20-17 before putting together a 7-2 run to put them at game point. An error by Pacific would give them the W in the first game. In the second and third games Tech jumped out to quick starts and never looked back.
The Hokies carried their momentum from Friday into their first match on Saturday as they easily swept Saint Francis 25-9, 25-15 and 25-17.
Tech was ready to take on No. 14 Michigan State Saturday night, however, MSU proved to be the better team as they won the match 3-2.
Through all five games Tech and the Spartans traded points. One team would jump out to an early lead only to see the opposing team come back and make the game a nail biter.
The first game saw 17 ties and four lead changes before the Hokies were able to seal off the game 25-18. Tech continued their hot streak into the second game as they jumped out to a 15-8 lead. Though the Spartans would try to seal the gap at 23-19, Tech was able to hold onto the 25-20 victory.
In the third game it was MSU who came out early taking a 5-0 lead. After Tech brought the score closer at 12-10, MSU used a 6-1 run to go u 18-11. They wouldn’t look back from there as they took the game 25-19.
The fourth game was close early on, but again the Spartans used another run to put them up by six. MSU would go on to take the fourth game 25-20. With things all tied up, the two teams headed into the fifth game.
Much like the third game, it was MSU who went up early on the Hokies 7-3. However, Tech would not be silenced as they pulled within one at the 13-12 mark.
But the Spartans outlasted the Hokies as they held on to the 15-12 victory.
The team will play again in the Middle Tennessee Invitational this weekend.