Hilbert Comes In 4th Place

SUNYIT tournament – field of 11 teams
Release Date:
February 1, 2010
The Office of Sports Information
(716) 649-7900 ext. 333

UTICA, NY – Hilbert men’s volleyball team finished in 4th place in the gold bracket at the 11-team SUNYIT tournament January 30 and 31st. This is the highest finish by a men’s volleyball team since Andy Walker took over the program 3 years ago.

Against Regis College on Saturday, the Hawks earned their first win of the season 3-0 (30-5, 30-3, 30-8). With the win, the team moved into pool play that afternoon against Stevenson University. Hilbert was defeated in 3 sets  with scores of 21-30, 18-30, 20-30. 
Day two of the tournament found the visitors  playing Stevenson again with hopes of a different  finish.  Coach Walker's team played a more efficient match on Sunday improving their kill total to 35 (.23% hitting) in route to the 24-30, 23-30, 26-30 scores. The final match of the weekend was against cross-town rival D’Youville College whom the Hawks played one week earlier in Hamburg. The blue and white committed too many hitting errors which lead to the 3-0 loss (26-30, 28-30, 23-30). 
For the weekend, junior Dan Wolfe (Rochester, NY/Irondequoit) led the offensive attack with 60 kills in 132 attempts. Junior RJ Sykora (Stow, OH/Munroe Falls) was in position for 37 digs and sophomore Vince Amico (Buffalo, NY/Bishop Timon-St. Jude) passed for 100 assists. Freshman Anthony Blasz (Eden, NY/Eden) did a nice job with 16 service aces and junior Eric Davies (Tonawanda, NY/Tonawanda) was credited with 14 total blocks during the weekend games.
The Hawks (1-8) return home on Wednesday, February 4th when they host their second NECVA match of the season against Medaille College at 7 pm.

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.