Women’s Volleyball 2003 Season Preview

Release Date:
September 1, 2003
The Office of Sports Information
(716) 649-7900 ext. 333

The 2003 Hilbert College women’s volleyball team is prepared to begin another exciting season of NCAA Division III competition. The season gets underway on September 2 with a home match against Buffalo State.

The Lady Hawks finished the 2002 season with a 4-15 record under head coach Adam Jolley. Now in his third year, Jolley returns four players including second team All NEAC selections Lisa Piccone (Westfield/Westfield, NY) and Lynn Workman (Newfane/Newfane, NY). Senior outside hitter Piccone was team MVP last season and led the team in kills and attempts. Workman is an athletic sophomore outside hitter. The other returnees are Amanda Ellis (Pioneer/Arcade, NY) and Jamie O’Connor (Hamburg/Hamburg, NY). Last year, sophomore outside hitter Ellis led the Lady Hawks in assists, ran the offense, and earned the Coaches’ Award. O’Connor, a sophomore middle hitter, suffered an injury in the first contest last season and is now looking forward to retaking the floor.

Freshmen Devon Santarini (Cleveland Hill/Cheektowaga, NY), Shannon Farrell (Cleveland Hill/Cheektowaga, NY), Stephanie Salada (Perry/Perry, NY), Leanne Rosner (W. Seneca East/West Seneca, NY), and Melanie Thomas (Orchard Park/Orchard Park, NY) will look to contribute immediately. Santarini will play the opposite position and share the setting duties with the experienced Ellis. Farrell will be used as a defensive specialist and outside hitter with Salada looking to contribute as a defensive specialist. Rosner should be able to play the middle hitter position with Thomas will playing on the outside.

Newcomers Carrieanne Schaller (Williamsville East/E. Amherst, NY) and Laura Gleason (Springville Griffith/Springville, NY) have suffered preseason injuries and are working their way back to top form.

Jolley will count on his veterans for immediate leadership while his competitive core of new additions makes their transition to the college game.

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.