Volleyball season ends at NECVA cross-over

Release Date:
March 29, 2008
The Office of Sports Information
(716) 649-7900 ext. 333

UTICA, NY – The 2008 men’s volleyball season came to a close for Hilbert College on Saturday with a pair of disappointing defeats at the North East Collegiate Volleyball Association (NECVA) cross-over tournament. The Hawks succumbed to SUNY Institute of Technology 3-0 (30-12, 30-17, 30-19) before falling to Lancaster Bible College 3-1 (30-23, 31-29, 30-27, 30-19).

Against SUNYIT (5-19), the host Wildcats broke the 1-1 season series tie with 40 kills against the Hawks. The Hawks hit just .137 for the match but got a solid performance out of Bobby Gerhard (Angola, NY/Lake Shore) who finished with seven kills, three aces, and three digs. Kevin Murphy (Buffalo, NY/Bishop Timon) chipped in with 17 assists in a losing effort.

Luke Whelan (Buffalo, NY/Lake Shore) recorded 15 kills in Hilbert’s nightcap loss to Lancaster Bibble (8-11). Gerhard registered 14 kills and five digs with Dan Wolfe (Rochester, NY/Irondequoit) adding 13 kills and a team-best eight digs to pace the Hawks. Murphy finished the match with 40 assists, but it wasn’t enough as the Chargers topped the Hawks for the second time this season.

Hilbert completes the 2008 season with a record of 1-15 overall and 1-7 in the NECVA West Division. First-year head coach Andrew Walker will say good-bye to seniors Whelan and Murphy, but will look forward to the scheduled return of six players for the 2009 season.

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.