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The Virginia Tech Volleyball program today announced that they have paused practices per a decision by the athletic department led by Chief Medical Officer Dr. Mark Rogers.
Virginia Tech Temporarily Pauses Volleyball Practices, Competitions pic.twitter.com/H0zkg20GJg— HokieSports (@hokiesports) September 30, 2020
Additionally, the Hokies' matches against Duke and N.C. State for this weekend and next are postponed with it being unclear when they will be rescheduled if at all. While the statement doesn't mention COVID-19, it seems very likely that the absence are related to COVID-19 whether that's due to positive cases, contact tracing, or both.
The volleyball team becomes the second Virginia Tech athletic program to have a pause this fall with the football team having a four-day pause due to COVID previously. They have since resumed and opened their season with a victory over N.C. State.
Unlike the football statement, no specific timeline was given though it seems that it may be a somewhat extended pause given the fact that postponed games extend through next week.
Tech's volleyball has gotten off to a solid 2-1 start that included a season-opening victory over The Citadel and splitting two games against North Carolina in their first season under the leadership of head coach Marci Byers. Now, they'll have to wait a few weeks to resume their season against Virginia.