Volleyball Produces Career Days, Fall In Close Match

Release Date:
March 28, 2013
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KEUKA PARK, NY – With the team’s most impressive team and individual career stats earned yet this season, the Hilbert College men’s volleyball didn’t have enough gas in the tank to steal a road non-conference victory from Keuka College March 27. The Storm (6-15) survived an impressive effort from the Hawks, who dropped a 3-1 match in the Weed Physical Arts Center at Keuka. 

Junior Adam Weaver finished with a career-high 23 kills and added 11 digs and 3 blocks. Senior Scott Ross {in photo} , who has been playing injured all season, produced a season-high 11 kills and 5 total blocks. Sophomore David Mellerski, the man who set those two hitters up, ended with season-highs of 43 assists and 15 digs. And sophomore libero Ryan Ratajczak continued his string of double-digit digs as he elevated 24 balls back into play while senior Fred Sickau added four service aces to the team’s offensive effort.

Hilbert jumped out on Keuka, winning the first set (25-22) before they put up a valiant effort in the final three games. The Storm had all they could handle winning 26-24, 25-20, and 28-26 to claim the win. 

In the fourth set, Hilbert (5-17) held a 10-3 and 20-15 lead before the Storm rallied and escaped with the narrow victory.

The Hawks dominated the team stats and won the offensive net battles with more kills (52-39) and sets (47-38). Hilbert earned 7 service aces and the two teams were almost identical in hitting percentages (.149 vs. 148). Keuka was credited with 16 total team blocks whereas Hilbert finished with a respectable 8 blocks.

Hilbert will regroup before they travel to Wells College March 30th to participate in a tri-match with the hosts and Thiel College. They finish their 2013 schedule with back-to-back home games, April 3 vs. Penn State Behrend and April 9 against Thiel. 

The Hawks will celebrate Senior Day on April 9 and honor Anthony Blasz, Adam Clabo, Scott Ross, Fred Sickau, and Ryan Tofil in their final game wearing the royal and white board shorts.

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.