Ratajczak and Weaver Stay In Lead After Defeat

Release Date:
March 21, 2013
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ERIE, PA Adam Weaver and Ryan Ratajczak maintained their individual national rankings, but the Hilbert College men’s volleyball team battled to a 3-0 United Volleyball Conference league loss at Penn State Behrend March 21. The Lions improved to 4-7 while pushing the Hawks to 2-9 in conference play.

Weaver, ranked #2 in kills per set, recorded 13 kills and added six digs and two blocks while Ratajczak (#5 in digs per set) was credited with 11 digs.

Nathan Steele led the hosts with 11 kills to help the Lions (11-11) set a new program record for the most wins in a season during their second year of Division III status.  

The Hawks challenged Behrend in the opening set, before dropping 25-19. The couldn’t get going in the second set and found themselves down by ten points before they fell 25-14.

Like the first set, Hilbert grabbed the first point in the third set, but unlike the two previous games, the Hawks controlled the game’s pace.   Each team traded points the entire way with Hilbert holding the lead until a 14-14 tie. The Lions stretched their score by 3 points before Hilbert fought back and took a 23-21 advantage late. Back-to-back Behrend kills combined with a Hilbert hitting and service reception error gave the Erie, PA school a 25-23 come-from-behind victory.

Seniors Scott Ross added 8 kills, just one more than Fred Sickau. Hilbert finished with .167 hitting percentage and, for the first time this year, zero service aces.   

The Hawks travel to Keuka College (3/27) and Wells College (3/30) before they close out their season at home against Behrend (4/3) and Thiel College (4/9).

Hilbert College, located in suburban Hamburg, N.Y., south of Buffalo, is a private four-year college founded in 1957 in the Catholic Franciscan tradition. With nearly 1,100 students, Hilbert is a dynamic Western New York college that offers career-focused majors, including one of the top criminal justice programs in the region, and more than 50 minors and concentrations. The college’s engaging, student-centered campus community offers numerous leadership, internship, and service learning opportunities from which students launch successful careers while making positive changes in their communities. The Hilbert Blueprint promotes a well-rounded student experience over four years – starting with the Foundations Seminar in the freshman year, followed by Sophomore Service, Junior Symposium, and culminating with the Senior Capstone. Hilbert has expanded its academic offerings with the college’s first graduate programs and new Accelerated Degree Programs geared to adult learners.