Hilbert Volleyball Ranked in National Statistics

Team Plays Defense
Release Date:
March 16, 2011
The Office of Sports Information
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Hamburg, NY - The Hilbert College men’s volleyball team continues to appear in the weekly NCAA Division III national statistics. The Hawks are ranked #2 in Digs Per Set (12.21) and senior Robert James Sykora (Stow, OH/Stow Munroe Falls) appears at #13 on the individual player Digs Per Set list (2.55). The young Hawks have been competitive during the 2011 season, enduring a mid-season injury to one of their top players.  

Hilbert (1-20, 0-8) has won nine of the 70 sets played, while twenty-two of those losses were decided by five points or less. The team under the direction of first year collegiate coach Bill Schultz, continue to battle and fight for every point, positioning themselves to defend their opponents attacks on offense.

Since 1970 the NCAA has crowned a Division I National Champion each year, yet no championship tournament existed for Division III.  Beginning in the spring of 2012, Division III will have a formal Championship tournament modeled after the Division I format.    


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.