Volleyball Hawks finish 2nd at SUNYIT Invit.

Release Date:
September 15, 2007
The Office of Sports Information
(716) 649-7900 ext. 333

UTICA, NY – The Hilbert College women’s volleyball team improved to 7-4 on the season by going 3-1 at the SUNY Institute of Technology (SUNYIT) Invitational Friday and Saturday. The Hawks are off to their best start in the program’s history and currently boast the third best overall record in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC).

Friday night the Hawks opened with a 3-0 (30-20, 30-26, 30-25) win over Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts before falling in three games (18-30, 25-30, 28-30) to tourney champ Framingham State.

Saturday’s results saw the visiting Hawks cruise by SUNY Purchase 3-0 (30-17, 30-16, 30-26) while tourney host SUNYIT forced Hilbert to five games before bowing 30-19, 30-20, 28-30, 26-30, 15-6.

Hilbert freshman Erica Page (Angola, NY/Lake Shore) racked up 15 kills, nine aces, and 20 digs while earning all-tournament honors. Junior teammate Kristy Gonciarz (Cheektowaga, NY/Maryvale) also made the all tourney team. The 5’11 middle-blocker finished the weekend with 23 kills and eight total blocks.

The Hawks will begin preparations for next weekend’s AMCC opener on Saturday, September 22nd at the University of Pitt-Greensburg.

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.