Virginia Tech Makes WNIT, Will Face Rider In Opener

By: Tim Thomas | @TimThomasTLP | Mar 15, 2017
[caption id="attachment_5862" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Virginia Tech is headed to the WNIT. [Credit: Harley Taylor][/caption]The Virginia Tech Hokies got off to an incredible 15-0 start and climbed as high as 15th in the rankings in the first year of the Kenny Brooks era that had many wondering if the Hokies could end up hosting first and second round games in the NCAA Women's Tournament, not just simply make it. However, the Hokies fell completely out of the NCAA Women's Tournament after their 15-0 start going 2-13 the rest of the way including an 11-game losing streak that cost the Hokies even a spot in the NCAA Women's Tournament. Despite the second half collapse, the Hokies still were worthy of receiving a postseason appearance and for the second-straight year, the Hokies will be headed to a postseason tournament. Virginia Tech received and accepted a bid to play in the WNIT for the second-straight year with the Hokies set to host Rider Friday night in the first round of the 64-team tournament. The Hokies will be making their fifth appearance in the WNIT and 14th overall postseason appearance with the Hokies having gone as far as the semifinals of the WNIT in the past. Entering the season, making a return trip to the WNIT seemed like reasonable expectations for year 1 of the Kenny Brooks era though the Hokies' impressive start quickly pushed expectations much higher than imaginable. While that start makes a WNIT appearance look disappointing now, the fact that the Hokies are here and look like a serious threat in the WNIT in year 1 of the Kenny Brooks era despite having very little depth is definitely a positive. The Hokies also played in a very tough ACC that led to the Hokies' decline with Virginia Tech showing in non-conference that they can be a team that can make a deep run especially with it being likely that the Hokies will get to play at Cassell Coliseum fairly deep into the WNIT should they be able to stay in it that long while having some time enough will be important for a team that needs some rest after playing with almost no depth all season. Virginia Tech returns to the WNIT for the second-straight year and seems like a contender to make a deep run and win it.