HC Men’s Volleyball Team Looks To Soar in ‘06

Season Preview
Release Date:
January 18, 2006
The Office of Sports Information
(716) 649-7900 ext. 333

After last year’s 1-14 season, the Hilbert College men’s volleyball program will look to make strides in a different direction under new head coach Charlie Brittain. With the scheduled return of three experienced upperclassmen and some first year performers, the new-look Hawks will look to establish themselves in the North East Collegiate Volleyball Association (NECVA).

Outside hitter Bobby Gerhard (Angola, NY/Lake Shore) and middle blocker Luke Whelan (Derby, NY/Lake Shore) return as sophomores and are ready to elevate their play to the next level. Returning after a year’s hiatus is senior outside hitter Craig Kilgore (Blasdell, NY/ Frontier), who at 6’5” adds much needed size and strength. The skill and leadership these players possess should form the foundation of the program.

Freshman Sean Carroll (Henrietta, NY/ Rush-Henrietta) looks to spread the ball amongst the offense as he takes on the role of setter. Also contributing to the team in their first year of action are junior outside hitter Rian MacLaughlin (Derby, NY/Tidioute) and sophomore middle blocker Eric Drapinski (Cheektowaga, NY/Cleveland Hill). Providing depth and athleticism to the team, are sophomore middle blocker Dallas Reinard (Smethport, PA/ Smethport), junior outside hitter Brian Wojcik (Buffalo, NY/St. Mary’s) and senior defensive specialist Brett Van Antwerp (Hastings, NY/P.V. Moore).

The Hawks will compete out of the NECVA’s Western Division with the likes of Medaille College, D’Youville College, Nazareth College, Villa Julie College, Eastern Mennonite University, and Philadelphia Biblical University. The 2006 journey starts at home when the Hawks play host to the Medaille College Mavericks on Wednesday, January 25 at 7:00 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.