Tough weekend for volleyball Hawks

Release Date:
February 18, 2008
The Office of Sports Information
(716) 649-7900 ext. 333

BUFFALO, NY – The Hilbert College men’s volleyball team continues to look for their first win of the season after dropping three straight matches over the holiday weekend. The Hawks traveled to Lancaster, PA on Saturday and lost 3-0 (30-14, 30-19, 30-17) to Ramapo College (16-2) before falling to host Lancaster Bible College (3-4) 3-0 (30-11, 30-24, 30-14). On Monday, North East Collegiate Volleyball Association (NECVA) foe Medaille College gave the Hawks their third loss in conference play with a 30-19, 30-18, 30-17 defeat in Buffalo.

At the Lancaster Bible tri-match, the Hawks relied on Bobby Gerhard’s (Angola, NY/Lakeshore) nine kills and four digs while teammate Luke Whelan (Buffalo, NY/Lakeshore) registered 10 kills and five blocks. Kevin Murphy dished out 34 assists in the two match event.

Against Medaille (9-6, 3-2), the Hawks mustered just 19 kills as a team, and had trouble stopping the Maverick’s Andrew Nawotka who had 13 kills of his own. The Mavs’ served up 10 aces on the night and finished with a .476 hitting percentage in the win. Whelan turned in a solid performance for the Hawks with six kills, five digs, and three blocks.

Hilbert (0-6, 0-3) continues with NECVA play with a 7:00 pm match at Nazareth College Tuesday night in Rochester, NY.

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.