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"Dear Hokie Nation. I'M BACK!" - Elizabeth Kitley

By Zachary Ozmon | April 02
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(Virginia Tech Athletics)

After what most Virginia Tech Hokies fans thought was going to be the fourth and final year of Elizabeth Kitley’s career as a Hokie, to the surprise of many, she officially announced on Twitter Sunday afternoon that she would be back for her fifth year in a Tech uniform.

The 2022–2023 season and fourth year for Elizabeth Kitley was very fruitful for her and the Virginia Tech team, as they won their program's first ACC Championship and reached the Final Four for the first time in school history.

The two-time ACC Player of the Year had a stellar season for the Hokies, averaging 18.2 points per game, 10.7 rebounds, and 2.4 blocks. Earning honors as an All-American, she dominated the post for the Hokies and proved to be a provider on both sides of the ball.

As well as having her best season as a Hokie, she surpassed many historic women's program records that have stood for years. She exceeded the program record for total career scoring, ending the year with 2,048 points, the only Virginia Tech player to reach 2,000 points. She has totaled the most made field goals in any Hokie career with 831, as well as leading the program with 271 blocks and securing 57 double-doubles.

For what has shaped up to be one of the most impressive resumes in school history, Kitley’s story is, of course, far from over. As well as becoming a star on the court, she has given back to the Virginia Tech community and continues to be a leader off the hardwood.

While she succeeded in putting herself and this Virginia Tech program on the map, another year in this program puts her in prime position to create more history and break more records. She may very well cement herself as the most decorated athlete of all time in Virginia Tech history.

With the return of Elizabeth Kitley as well as Georgia Amoore, it wouldn’t be too shocking to see Kitley’s best friend and three-point specialist Cayla King follow suit. Kitley knows that there is more to be done at Virginia Tech for herself, and now it's up to Kenny Brooks and Co. to make another run at the title.

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Born in Chesapeake and raised into a family of hokies, Virginia Tech is where I call home now. Attended New River Community College as a freshman and now a sophomore at VT as a transfer student in Fall 2022. Majoring in Sports Media and Analytics, I’m excited for what’s to come for me as a student at VT.

Virginia Tech sports has always been something I have been a fan of. From afternoons in Lane Stadium to nights in Cassell Coliseum, I have loved every second of it no matter the outcome.

One of my first memories of being a Tech fan was our upset win against Ohio State 35-21 where CB Donovan Riley had the game sealing pick-6. More recently, beating UNC in 6 overtimes, our run to the sweet 16, and of course winning the men’s basketball ACC Championship with upsets over UNC and Duke.

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