HAMBURG, NY - Something unusual in volleyball occurred on October 31 at Hilbert College. The Hawks hosted three Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC) opponents during the afternoon hours. Frostburg State University and the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg traveled to Western NY to compete against Hilbert and Medaille College. Because Hilbert and Medaille have played each other three times already this season, the Hawks and Mavericks did not play one another.
On a day normally dedicated to orange and black and scary music, the women’s volleyball programs at Hilbert and Frostburg wore their pink game jersey’s for the Breast Cancer Awareness month of October. Both programs were showing support of the DIG PINK initiative sponsored by the women’s volleyball coaches association.
Also, Hilbert College and the women’s volleyball team honored Melissa Radder on her final day of volleyball for the Hawks. The senior will be graduating in May with a degree in Criminal Justice.
At 1pm Frostburg State University, the top team in the AMCC, beat Hilbert in 3 games with set scores of 25-7, 25-10, 25-14. Frostburg was lead by last year’s AMCC Player of the Year, Brooke Winterling, with 14 kills and 6 digs. Also contributing for FSU was Sarah Stevens with 7 kills and 10 digs and Alex Coleman with 20 assists. The Hawks had equal contribution within the team. Junior Carole Jones (Bliss, NY/Letchworth) had 3 kills and 8 digs and senior Melissa Radder (Cheektowaga, NY/Sacred Heart Academy) had 2 kills to go along with 7 digs. Sophomore Dale Jonathan (Basom, NY/Akron) lead the Hawks with 7 assists.
Playing on the blue court at 1pm was Greensburg against Medaille. Medaille won that match in 3 games with set scores of: 26-24, 25-19, 25-20.
The second set of games found Frostburg and Greensburg switching courts.
At 2:45 pm Hilbert played Greensburg to a 3-set match with game scores of 18-25, 16-25, 15-25. Both teams were doing a great job of keeping the play alive – the rallies were long and exciting. Leading the Hawks at the net were freshman Devan Jonathan (Basom, NY/Akron) with 7 kills while junior Erica Page (Angola, NY/Lake Shore) contributed 6. Defensively the Hawks were on their toes. Three players were in double digits in digs: Page (19), Jones (11) and Radder (10). And Dale Jonathan led the team in assists once again with 14. Greensburg was led by Kourtney Laratonad with 10 kills and 9 digs. Greensburg also had multiple athletes (4) in double digits in digs reinforcing the statement about longer rallies with several exciting saves.
On the blue court at 2:45pm, Medaille College came back in the third game of the 3-game set to give Frostburg a scare. The scores for that match swung back to Frostburg, 25-14, 25-17, 25-20.
For the afternoon, Frostburg leaves Hamburg with an overall record of 28-4 (10-0 AMCC), Medaille moves to 19-10 (6-4), Greensburg 7-16 (5-5) and Hilbert finishes their season with an over-all record of 4-19 (1-9).
AMCC Play-offs begin on Tuesday, November 3. As it looks today, Frostburg, Greensburg, Medaille, Behrend, Bradford, Altoona and D'Youville have secured spots for play-offs.