HC Women's Volleyball Season Preview

Release Date:
September 8, 2004
The Office of Sports Information
(716) 649-7900 ext. 333

September 7, 2004


The Hawks finished the 2003 season with a 1 – 18 record, and first year head coach Shannon Steinwandel will look to improve upon last year’s disappointing finish.  The team returns five players from the ’03 season, including key performers Lynn Workman (Newfane, NY/Newfane) and Amanda Ellis (Arcade, NY/Pioneer).


Workman was a second team All-North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) selection in 2002, as well as a two-time member of the NEAC All-Academic Team. She provides great intelligence and understanding of the game, as well as leadership for the younger players.  Ellis, a junior setter, returns to run the offense and hit outside for the Hawks.  She was named team MVP last season while leading the team in blocks (15) and finishing second on the team in digs (91).


Other returning players include middle hitter Jamie O’Connor (Hamburg, NY/Hamburg), outside hitter Stephanie Salada (Perry, NY/Perry), and defensive specialist Melanie Thomas (Orchard Park, NY/Orchard Park). 


Nine new players join the veterans for the upcoming season.  Sophomore Amy Anderson (West Seneca, NY/West Seneca West) and freshmen Nicholette Newton (Forestville, NY/Forestville), Allison Nowak (Orchard Park, NY/Immaculata Academy), Ruthy Reyes (Buffalo, NY/South Park) and Laura Stranc (West Seneca, NY/West Seneca West) will all vie for playing time.  Freshmen twins Ashley and Amber Yetter (Buffalo, NY/JFK) will also help to provide depth.  “Our new players will fit into the strong nucleus of our veterans,” said head coach Steinwandel.


The 2004 Hilbert women’s volleyball team is ready to begin an exciting season of NCAA Division III competition. This year the team has joined the Alleghany Mountain Collegiate Conference.  The season gets underway Sept. 9 with a home match against Thiel College.

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.