Hawks Outlast Lady Barons in Five Games

Release Date:
September 13, 2008
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Hilbert opens conference play with a win

The Hilbert College women’s volleyball team defeated Franciscan University 3-2 (25-23, 17-25, 20-25, 28-26, 15-11) on Saturday afternoon, to improve their record to 4-3 on the season. The win also marks the first AMCC victory of the season for the Hawks.

Hilbert won the first game 25-20, and appeared to be in a groove. The Lady Barons had other plans. Franciscan took the next two games 25-17 and 25-20. Easterbrook’s Hawks responded though, winning the fourth game 28-26, holding off a furious rally from the Lady Barons. In the fifth game, the Hawks soared out to an 8-1 lead and managed to close out Franciscan 15-11.

The Hawks offense was led by sophomore Erica Page (Angola, NY/Lakeshore) and senior Melissa Kick (Blasdell, NY/Mt. Mercy). Page, led the Hawks, with 11 kills, 2 service aces and chipped in 8 digs on the defensive end. Kick, recorded 22 assists and 3 service aces for Hilbert. The Hawks defense was led by sophomore Brandi Mack (Gasport, NY/Roy Hart), who tallied 19 digs in the winning effort.

“I am proud our girls managed to pull together and win in 5 games,” said head coach Mary Easterbrook. “It’s always nice to win that first conference game of the year, and to gut it out the way we did, makes me very proud.”

The Hawks return to action Sept. 13 at 3 p.m. in a non-conference match against Medaille.

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.