Men’s Volleyball Team Records First Victory

Release Date:
February 7, 2005
The Office of Sports Information
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February 5, 2005


CLARKS SUMMIT, Penn. – Hilbert College men’s volleyball head coach Ryan Kingsland finally had something to smile about, as the Hilbert College men’s volleyball team notched their first victory of the season, and the first in the young head coach’s career, 3-0 (30-13, 30-17, 32-30) over Baptist Bible College on Friday night.  The following day the Hawks dropped two matches, both 3-0, to Philadelphia Biblical University and Eastern Menonite University on Saturday afternoon.  Hilbert moves to 1-6 on the season, as well as 1-6 in the North Eastern Collegiate Volleyball Association.


On Friday night, the Hawks took on Baptist Bible College and dominated in every facet of the game.  Freshman Robert Gerhard (Angola, NY/Lake Shore) led the charge with 15 kills and six digs, while senior setter Tom Cone (Rapid City, SD/Lincoln) recorded 27 assists in the victory. 


Saturday afternoon was a disappointing day for Hilbert, as they first took on Philadelphia Biblical University in a morning match.  The Hawks dropped the match in three sets, 30-14, 30-24, 30-22.  Senior Tom Cone again led the Hawks with 16 assists, while Luke Whelan (Angola, NY/Lake Shore) added five kills and two blocks. 


The second match of the day was also a three set sweep, as Eastern Menonite defeated Hilbert 30-14, 30-13, 30-12.  Luke Whelan had six kills to lead the Hawks.


Hilbert College continues their season on Wednesday, February 9 at home against Medaille College.  The match is scheduled for a 7:00 PM start.

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.