Dylan Rivers (Sherando ’17) is off to a great start for Virginia Tech’s football team this season.

The sophomore linebacker is third on the team with eight total tackles for the Hokies. He started in both games.

Rivers has five solo tackles and three assists. All five solo tackles came in the Hokies’ 24-3 win over Florida State on Sept. 3. He also had two assists in the victory.

Rivers is part of a young, inexperienced linebacking core which is off to an impressive start this season for the Hokies.

Virginia Tech is ranked 13th in the AP Top 25 poll. The Hokies beat William & Mary, 62-17, on Sept. 8. Rivers had one assisted tackle in the game.

The Hokies will play at Old Dominion University on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. The game will be shown on the CBS Sports Network.

STELLAR SENIOR: Autumn Troxell (Warren County ’15) is having another strong volleyball season for Randolph College.

The senior outside hitter leads the team with 106 kills. She also 16 blocks, and seven assists.

Troxell is also second on the team with 95 digs. She also has nine service aces.

In a 3-2 victory over Piedmont College on Sept. 7, Troxell had 19 kills, 15 digs, two blocks and one service ace.

She has recorded 15 kills in two other contests this season. Troxell has recorded double-digit kills in six of the team’s 10 matches.

The WildCats are 2-8 overall, including 0-1 in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference. Randolph hosts Regent University tonight at 7 p.m.

RUNNING STRONG: Tristan Lucy-Speidel (Central ’15) is having plenty of cross country success at Lynchburg College early in the year.

The senior placed 30th in the Covered Bridge Cross Country meet at Appalachian State University on Aug. 31. He ran the 8,000 meter race in a time of 26:53.73 to lead the Hornets.

Lynchburg finished sixth in the 10-team event with 163 points. Florida State won the men’s meet with 26 points.

Last Saturday, Lucy-Speidel finished 23rd in the Virginia Tech Alumni Invitational. He ran the race in a time of 25:35.

Lynchburg finished fourth in the eight-team meet with 128 points. Virginia Tech won the men’s event with 34 points.

Lucy-Speidel’s brothers, Mason (Central ’18) and Sawyer (Central ’18) are also on the men’s cross country squad this year as freshmen.

Lynchburg will run in the Shenandoah Hornet Harrier Invitational this Saturday in Winchester.