Hawks Host Tri-match

Release Date:
February 3, 2013
The Office of Sports Information
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Penn State Altoona Box                      D'Youville Box

HAMBURG, NY – Hilbert College dropped two non-conference matches to Penn State Altoona and D’Youville College in a volleyball tri-match the Hawks hosted on February 3. D’Youville beat Altoona in the middle match to go 2-0 and improve to 7-1. Hilbert (2-5) completed the day with 1 more kill and 6 more assists than their opponents, but the Hawks gave up 27 points in service errors.

Adam Weaver was credited with 36 kills and 27 digs while Ryan Ratajczak led with 29 digs and David Mellerski added 64 assists in Hilbert’s 7-set day.  

Penn State Altoona jumped on Hilbert early and maintained their pace in the 25-20,25-16,21-25,25-20 road win. Weaver (26) and Fred Sickau (10) reached for double-digit kills for Hilbert. Mellerski passed for 40 set assists and three Hawks reached for 10 or more digs. Ratajczak lead with 17, Weaver followed right behind with 16 and Korey Schwab added 10. Altoona’s Josh Settle (3 solo blocks) earned 12 kills many of the passes coming from Branden McGarvey (33 assists).

D’Youville started slowly but took control and rolled to a 25-22,25-19,25-21 victory over Altoona (2-7).

In the night cap game, the Spartans continued their pace and grabbed the first two sets (25-18, 25-14) before Hilbert gave them a battleScott Ross {in photo} stepped back on the floor in the third set and created life for the Hawks. D’Youville out-lasted Hilbert 30-28 in the final set. Ross finished with .375 hitting percentage (5 kills), a service ace and one block. Sickau chipped in 8 kills while Weaver had 10 kills. Ratajczak got to 12 digs and Mellerski’s 24 assists ran the offense. D’Youville finished with a .245 hitting match and a very balanced attack as six Spartans had two or more kills and no one reaching for more than 9.

The Hawks (2-5) will use this next week to prepare for their United Volleyball Conference cross-over weekend matches which will be played at Medaille College February 9th and 10th. Hilbert faced NYU at 9 am and then must wait until 3 pm to square off against Bard College. Then, on Sunday, the Hawks will play Vassar at 1pm to complete the weekend.


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.