For the first time in nearly 11 years, Virginia Tech is an Associated Press Top-25 team.
The undefeated Hokies (7-0), who will host Gardner-Webb Monday, are at No. 25 in AP’s latest weekly rankings after a turbulent week involving several of the nation’s top teams. Tech was fifth among “others receiving votes” last week.
The last time Virginia Tech was in the AP Top 25 was Jan. 23, 2006 - 205 polls ago - when the Hokies checked in at No. 25. That 2005-06 season, Tech’s second under then-head coach Beth Dunkenberger, saw the Hokies start out 12-0 and rise as high No. 18 in the poll before a four-game losing streak in ACC play sent them spiraling out of the rankings. Tech went on to finish 6-8 in the ACC and fell to Duke in their conference tournament opener. This was also the last season Tech advanced to the NCAA Tournament, where they beat Missouri before losing to UConn. The Hokies finished the season with a 21-10 record.