Inside HOKIE SPORTS | Vol. 14 No. 4 | February 2022 17 1290 Roanoke Street, Christiansburg, VA 24073 • 540-382-7500 • Find us at G&H Appliance We are looking forward to a new year of less struggles and greater prosperity. Thank YOU for a SUCCESSFUL YEAR! Text or email us with your order and we’ll have it ready! 540-382-7500 or Visit G&H for all of your tailgate grilling needs. Established 1969 “We just have to battle against each other. The young women on the team have such great relationships, but we have to be willing for two and a half hours a day to get on the field and absolutely battle against each other. Especially when we get in to ACC play, it’s ruthless.” A rather fitting way to describe the premier conference for women’s lacrosse in the country. “We definitely use the fact that we’re in the ACC to drive them to be elite, not just good, but to strive to be great, to be elite, that’s what it takes in this conference. You have to be an elite competitor, you have to be an elite athlete, you have to be an elite teammate. Not just good, there’s nothing mediocre about the ACC - you have to strive to be great and to be elite,” the Hokies’ big whistle hammered home. The Hokies are optimistic that 2022 can be a successful one under Skiera’s direction. “When you look at our losses last year due to graduation, it’s pretty significant, but I will never use that as an excuse, I actually think it’s a strength,” she said. “Our team is young; our team is inexperienced. But I think that’s dangerous.” Why is that the case? “We’re extremely hungry,” Skiera explained. “They want more for themselves, they want to see more success, they want to see their hard work pay off. We have lots of new faces and talents to show off. It’s an exciting time.” The Hokies will play their first two games on the road against top 20 teams in Jacksonville and James Madison, before playing at home on Saturday, February 19.