Volleyball Hawks close 2007 season with split

Release Date:
October 27, 2007
The Office of Sports Information
(716) 649-7900 ext. 333

HAMBURG, NY – Conference foe La Roche College knocked-off the Hilbert College women’s volleyball team 3-0, before the Hawks came back to earn a 3-0 sweep of Buffalo State. Saturday’s tri-match at the Hafner Recreation Center concludes Hilbert’s season with a final record of 10-15 overall, and 1-8 in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC).

Against La Roche (5-23, 2-7), the Hawks dropped three straight to fall to the AMCC’s 8th ranked team 30-23, 30-12, 30-26. Hitting just -.041 in the loss, Kristy Gonciarz (Cheektowaga, NY/Maryvale) pounded out four of the Hawks’ 13 kills, while Laura Stranc (West Seneca, NY/West Seneca West) was a bright spot on defense with a team high 13 digs.

Hilbert would rebound later in the day by taking three straight from Buffalo State (7-30) to avenge an earlier season loss to the Bengals dating back to October 2nd. Erica Page (Angola, NY/Lake Shore) collected 10 kills and 14 digs, with teammate Carole Jones (Bliss, NY/Letchworth) picking up six kills and two blocks to lead the winners. Melissa Kick (Blasdell, NY/Mt. Mercy) also had a productive season finale with 22 assists, five aces, and eight digs.

Hilbert will miss out on the upcoming AMCC post-season tournament after finishing the year in ninth place. First-year head coach Mary Boller-Easterbrook will look forward to the return of nine veterans for next season with Stranc the only senior on the 2007 roster.

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.