Hokie community sends off women’s basketball team to Seattle

The women’s team is back in the Sweet Sixteen for the first time since 1999

BLACKSBURG, Va. – The Hokie community wanted to have a special sendoff for the women’s basketball team as they make their way to Seattle.

Family, friends, and fellow student-athletes stood outside Hahn Hurst Basketball Practice Center as the women’s team made their way onto a bus heading for the airport. Their next stop ... Seattle.

Annika Schmierer wore her tournament apparel with pride as she cheered on the team.

“I think it’s important to let them know that we’re cheering them on even if we can’t be in Seattle. We’re just so proud of all they’ve accomplished and we want them to carry some of that energy from Blacksburg over to Seattle,” Schmierer said.

Some Hokies are in fact making the trip out to Seattle. Coleman and Nancy Brittle are both retired and figured when else would they get an opportunity like this.

“We followed them every step of the way so we’re so excited to go out and see them in the Sweet Sixteen which has been forever. We love these girls! They are such great ambassadors for their school. They make us so proud and we’re just really excited for them,” Brittle said.

This is the first time the women’s basketball team has made it to the Sweet Sixteen since 1999. This year they will be taking on the Tennessee Volunteers at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday.

With many eyes on the prize of a national championship, several fans are already proud of the accomplishments of this season.

“Number one … we’re Hokies through and through. And we got to support them and support our Hokies as they come through,” Brittle said.

Be sure to follow along with WSLS 10 News and online as we cover the Hokies’ on Saturday. If you’re heading to support the Hokies, tell us here.

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