Va. Tech turns pain to gain

Overcome by grief last season, hardened Hokies make foes suffer

January 20, 2007|By Heather A. Dinich | Heather A. Dinich,Sun reporter

Blacksburg, Va. -- Instead of celebrating his team's shocking overtime win at Duke earlier this month, Virginia Tech sophomore guard A.D. Vassallo headed home to mourn - again.

He drove about 90 miles from campus to Lynchburg, Va., where Becky Carwile, his host mother, died from cancer last season. Vassallo, a native of Puerto Rico, lived with the Carwiles while attending high school and prep school. After a 69-67 upset of the Blue Devils - the program's first victory at Cameron Indoor Stadium -Vassallo went home for the anniversary of her death.

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