Sunday, October 5, 2008

Other Sports: Go See the Volleyball Team

There are a few sports I like to follow other than football and men's basketball. I just haven't gotten around to writing about them. I like following men's soccer, volleyball and softball among the sports Tech sponsors. The Hokies don't have men's lacrosse or hockey teams, which is a shame.

Men's Soccer

The men's soccer team has been dreadful this season, one year removed from a berth in the College Cup semifinals. Last year, the Hokies faced eventual champion Wake Forest in the semifinals and battled hard before falling, 2-0.

This year, the Hokies are 0-4 in ACC play and lost 8-2 last night at No. 1 Wake Forest. The Hokies are 3-6-1 this season. I expected the Hokies to fall off a little bit after losing Patrick Nyarko, Ben Nason and Robert Edmans, but this is ridiculous. Hopefully this is just a rebuilding year for Coach Weiss.


The story of this year's volleyball team is the exact opposite of the men's soccer team. The Hokies typically struggle in volleyball. However, they have won 11 consecutive matches and are 5-0 in ACC play, the only unbeaten team in the conference. They have two of the top five players in the ACC in hitting percentage and have only lost one set in ACC play this season.

Be sure to go check out the volleyball team when you get the chance. Its next home games are Oct. 17 and 18 against Wake Forest and Duke at Cassell Coliseum. Those of you who stay in the 'Burg while the football team travels to Boston (and I know there will be a lot of you who stay home) should go check them out.

Saunders starts tonight

AL All-Star Joe Saunders will start game three for the LA Angels tonight when they get swept by the mighty Red Sox in the ALDS.

Saunders has been strong all season, and pitched well in his final start of the regular season after passing a kidney stone. Saunders is a great guy, but will face Josh Beckett, who right now is the best postseason pitcher in baseball.

Hopefully the Red Sox win 1-0 on an unearned run against Saunders.

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