Women's Volleyball Preview

Release Date:
September 6, 2011
The Office of Sports Information
(716) 649-7900 ext. 333

The 2011 Hilbert College women’s volleyball team starts another year under head coach Amanda Logue’s direction with a more experienced and talented line-up than in previous years. The team’s philosophy is discipline, loyalty, and attitude. ‘The harder you work, the harder it is to surrender’- can be found on the back of their team t-shirts and with an expectation of hard work, good things will come.

The Hawks will be led by four returning upperclassmen and will receive support from six freshmen. Sophomore Shannon Memminger and junior Rachel Kwiatkowski, as team captains, will take the leadership role on the squad. 

Memminger is no stranger to leading, as this will be her second season running the team’s offense so fearlessly. “Shannon is the type of volleyball player that any coach would want ten of, she loves the game, she sacrifices for her team, and never quits. Not only was she a coach’s pick for captain, she was  the team's unanimous pick as well” says Logue. 

Rachel returns to campus this fall a more confident leader, one ready for the team responsibilities. “Rachel is a go-to player; she makes few errors, and never shows negativity towards her teammates or during play,” said Logue. “She is consistent in her offensive play and the team will be looking for her to step in as a defensive player this fall.”

Other returning players, sophomore Chelsea Reischuck and junior Devan Jonathon will also have a leadership role on the team. During the 2010 season, Reischuck lead the team in kills and digs, and her goal is to repeat this season. Jonathon will continue playing the right side hitter position since she worked hard on adjusting to that area of the court last season. She has shown that her defense, her setting, her hitting, and blocking is an unconditional reliable source for this team.

The Hawks are excited about freshman duo Jordan Botsford and Kayla Lewis. Botsford and Lewis played club volleyball together through the years in the Rochester, NY area. Botsford is an all-around strong player, and coach Logue expects that her offense and defense will be heavily relied upon this season. “Jordan’s enthusiasm and confidence will be just the addition the women’s volleyball team needs this season”, shared Logue. Lewis is a player who wears many hats, and is the type of player who can fill the team’s needs. “With experience setting, and hitting, Kayla will be looked to as a middle hitter as well as an outside hitter with defensive responsibilities,” commented coach Logue. Lewis has natural leadership qualities and can be another voice of encouragement and enthusiasm.

The Hawks also welcome freshmen Tiara Thomas, Elissa Hall, Lea Church, and Samantha Robinson to the team. All four of these freshmen add personality, support, and friendship.

The Hawks open their season in the AMCC vs. NEAC Challenge hosted by D’Youville College when they square off against Keuka College and Morrisville State. During the season they play road non-conference games against Keuka, Buffalo State, Alfred, Washington and Jefferson, Scranton, Wilkes University, Thomas More University and Grove City College. (Some of these matches are a part of tri-matches hosted by one institution where all teams pick-up two games in one day.) Their home non-conference games are against Elmira’s JV (9/21), Keuka (9/26), Alfred (10/1) and Oswego State (10/12). The home AMCC contests are against La Roche (10/1), Bradford (10/18) and D’Youville (10/26). On September 24, the Hawks will face-off against Greensburg and Franciscan at Medaille College. The remaining AMCC games (Medaille on 9/28, Behrend on 10/4, Mount Aloysius on 10/22 and Altoona on 10/29) will be road games prior to the start of the AMCC championship play-offs that begin November 1.

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.