Women's Volleyball Season Recap
- Release Date:
- December 11, 2012
- The Office of Sports Information
- (716) 649-7900 ext. 333
Inside the Hafner, the 2012 women’s volleyball team started strong and held on to finish in a four-way tie for 4th place in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference league standings. With the team’s nine-game improvement, the 15-10 Hawks also qualified for the program’s first-ever AMCC play-off game. The 2012 team broke ten season records and pushed several players into the top spots in the All-Time career leaders list. For that improvement, the league coaches voted Amanda Logue as the AMCC Coach of the Year and freshman Allegra Johnson was named to the 1st Team All-Conference.
Hilbert opened the season with a 1-1 record after their first date of competition at the AMCC vs. NEAC Challenge. The Hawks then went on a six-game tear to improve to 7-1 before they squared off against Keuka College again. The same result occurred with the Storm over-taking the Hawks and blemishing their record for the second time in nine games (7-2).
Hilbert finished their non-conference slate with an 11-7 record while they moved to 4-5 in AMCC standings. The royal and white took three early AMCC matches from Mount Aloysius, La Roche and D’Youville before they lost to the top team, Penn State Behrend in Hamburg. After traveling to Altoona for their AMCC cross-over matches, Hilbert played eight very-close scoring sets, beating MAC (3-1) and losing to Altoona (1-3). The regular season ended with losses to Medaille, Bradford and Franciscan.
Hilbert finished in a four-way tie for fourth place in the league, but once all the dust settled after all the tie-breakers were evaluated, the Hawks took the final seed in the first round of play-offs. As the 6th seed, Hilbert traveled to Franciscan and ended their season with a three-set loss.
Johnson and Chelsea Reischuck led the Hawks’ offense with 240 and 212 kills. They both tied for points per set with 2.98 on the season. Sophomore Jordan Botsford led the defense rush with 223 digs with blocking help from senior Rachel Kwiatkowski (33). Shannon Memminger passed for 756 set assists and served 62 aces. Senior Devan Jonathan finished her career with 96 kills and second-best 25 assists.
As a team, the 2012 squad set several All Time Season Records. They established new standards in Kills (925), Kills per set (9.64), Attack attempts (3066), Attack pct. (.119), Assists (851), Assists per set (8.86), Service Aces (210), Points (1224.5), and Points per set (12.76).
Individually, several of the same categories were dominated by current players. Johnson earned 240 Kills, 2.61 Kills per set, 744 Attack attempts, and 2.98 Points per set. Memminger set a new Attack pct (.256) as well as 756 Assists, 7.96 Assist per set, and 62 Service Aces.
The All Time Career Leaders board has already been taken over by several of the 2012 athletes. Reischuck became the All Time Leader for: Kills after only three seasons (534), Attack Attempts (1795), and Points (679). Memminger owns the Assists (1697), Assists per set (6.76), and Service Aces (152) also after only three seasons. Kwiatkowski became the All Time Block Assist Leader with 56 and she and Devan Jonathan became the All Time matches Played leaders at 93 over the course of their four-year career.
Coach Logue needs to fill a few holes left by the graduation of Kwiatkowski and Jonathan and will shore up her defense with the goal of challenging for the AMCC championship.
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.