Rachel Baxter (women’s track and field), Kahlil Dover (men’s soccer), Ryan Fishback (men’s tennis), Elizabeth Kitley (women’s basketball), Justyn Mutts (men’s basketball) and Emily Mahar (women’s golf) were among the 222 student-athletes across 37 schools recognized. Honorees must have a grade point average of at least 3.25 and be a sophomore or higher.
Baxter, a Human Nutrition, Foods & Exercise major, preceded her VaSID academic honor with her fourth All-ACC Academic Team placement and USTFCCCA All-Academic recognition, as well. In March, the Orange, Calif. native became the first Hokie to claim a national title in pole vault. Baxter also claimed gold at the ACC Indoor Championships with a conference record clearance (4.61m), while being named ACC Women’s Field Athlete of the Year and USTFCCCA Women’s Southeast Field Athlete of the Year.
Dover, who graduated in May with a degree in Real Estate, earned the nod after serving as the Virginia Tech Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) president and being named the 2021-22 SAAC Member of the Year. He was also the recipient of the Pamplin College of Business’ H.H. Mitchell Outstanding Leadership Award. In 2021, Dover received the Skelton Award. The Reston, Va. native scored two goals and provided two assists last season, none more important than his game-winning tally against Campbell in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
Fishback, a sophomore studying Biochemistry, adds the VaSID recognition to his academic accolades this season. The Geneva, N.Y. native was named to the All-ACC Academic Team, while becoming the first men’s tennis player to receive the NCAA’s Elite 90 award, which recognizes the competitor at each NCAA Championship with the highest GPA. Fishback picked up three ranked wins last season from the No. 1 spot, which earned him All-ACC Second Team recognition.
Kitley, a Human Nutrition, Foods & Exercise major, was named the ACC Scholar Athlete of the Year in women’s basketball this past March. That honor accompanied a spot on the All-ACC Academic team and a multitude of on-court honors. The Summerfield, N.C. native was named the ACC Player of the Year, while hauling in All-American nods from The Athletic, Associated Press, Women’s Basketball Coaches Association and the U.S. Basketball Writers Association.
Mahar, a graduate student studying Agriculture and Life Sciences, concluded her collegiate stay with All-ACC Academic recognition. Her historic career ended at the NCAA Championships, as she competed on the national stage for a second time. A native of Brisbane, Australia, Mahar became the first Hokie to receive All-ACC distinction twice in her career this past season and was named an All-American honorable mention by the Women’s Golf Coaches Association.
Mutts, a graduate student that earned his second master’s degree (Educational Psychology) in May, joined Kitley in receiving the ACC Scholar Athlete of the Year award. He earned his second All-ACC Academic Team accolades in 2022, along with being named a candidate for the Senior CLASS Award, which recognizes student-athletes with notable achievements in community, classroom, character and competition. The Millville, N.J. native was an integral part of Virginia Tech’s squad that claimed the ACC Championship for the first time in program history.
Elizabeth Kitley, Jr., Summerfield, N.C., 3.94, Human Nutrition, Foods and Exercise, Women’s Basketball
Justyn Mutts, Gr., Millville, N.J., 3.67, Educational Psychology, Men’s Basketball
Kahlil Dover, Sr., Reston, Va., 3.60, Real Estate, Men’s Soccer
Ryan Fishback, So., Geneva, N.Y., 4.00, Biochemistry, Men’s Tennis
Emily Mahar, Gr., Brisbane, Australia, 3.96, Agriculture and Life Sciences, Women’s Golf
Rachel Baxter, Gr., Orange, Calif., 3.93, Human Nutrition, Foods and Exercise, Women’s Track and Field