HC Men’s Volleyball Team Returns Seven Players For 2004 Season

Release Date:
January 1, 2003
The Office of Sports Information
(716) 649-7900 ext. 333

Hamburg, NY – Hilbert College men’s volleyball coach Adam Jolley will count on the experience and leadership of seven returning players as the Hawks prepare for the 2004 season. Currently in his third season as the Hawks mentor, Jolley will look to improve upon 2003’s 0-17 mark with the addition of four newcomers to support his veteran club.

Six-foot-five sophomore Craig Kilgore (Frontier/Buffalo, NY) returns as the Hawks middle hitter. Kilgore recorded 134 kills and 22 blocks in his rookie campaign and will be counted on again to provide much of the Hawks offense. Veterans Tom Cone (St. Thomas Moore/Rapid City, SD) and John Jordan (Bishop Ludden/Syracuse, NY) should also provide an offensive spark. Both seniors saw significant playing time in 2003 and bring an aggressive approach to the game.

The majority of setting will be supplied by sophomore Shawn Bottemley (Williamsville South/Williamsville, NY) and junior Jeff Mitchell (Sweet Home/Amherst, NY).

Juniors Matt Bergman (Niagara Catholic/Wilson, NY) and Steve Peet (West Seneca West/Orchard Park, NY) will anchor a strong defense which will include six-foot-eight sophomore Chris Frunzi (St. Francis/Hamburg, NY). Frunzi should be available by mid-February as he recovers from an ankle injury suffered as a member of the Hawks basketball team.

Freshmen David Guercio (St. Mary’s/Cheektowaga, NY), Joel Miles (Silver Creek/Silver Creek, NY), and Jess Eger (Bradford/Bradford, PA) will push for playing time at the outside hitter position as they become more comfortable with the college game.

The Hawks will once again compete as a member of the North East Collegiate Volleyball Association as a member of the Western Division. Hilbert will open the 2004 season at home on January 31 against Philadelphia Bible College at 10:00 AM.

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.