Phillips and Weaver Command the Net In Two Wins

Release Date:
March 4, 2012
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The Hilbert College men’s volleyball team got back on the winning track as Adam Weaver returned to action and led the Hawks with 43 kills and 19 digs in two road wins March 3.  Stephen Phillips set for 81 total assists and led with 5 service aces during the tri-match. After beating Wells in three-straight sets, it took five games to get the win over Lancaster Bible College. Hilbert improved to 5-11 after Saturday’s games. 

In the morning match against Wells, Hilbert stormed out of the gate to win the first set easily (25-12). Wells put together a good run in the middle game but Hilbert held strong and won (26-24). The Hawks earned a two-game sweep over the Express this season with a (25-18) final set score. Weaver’s .500 hitting percentage just edged Fred Sickau’s .421 (9 kills, 1 error). Phillips earned all but one of the team’s 33 assists and Ryan Ratajczak’s eight digs tied game-high honors with Weaver. Wells’ Ryan Huggins led the winless Express with six kills.

Against Lancaster Bible, the roller coaster ride of set scores (25-7, 19-25, 25-18, 20-25, 15-11) fell in Hilbert’s favor after they won the first set. Lancaster won the second and fourth sets with Hilbert capturing the third and final shortened game to 15 points. Phillips again earned 49 assists in five sets, while Weaver claimed 28 kills (.467) and Ratajczak kept the play alive with his team-leading 22 digs.  Sickau finished with 8 kills and 13 digs, and Adam Clabo, back from an ankle injury, had 10 digs. The Hawks almost doubled Lancaster Bible’s kills (60-32) but Lancaster finished with 13 blocks to keep the game close. Jessie Corbin’s nine kills worked off of Alex Bahn’s 28 assists for the 5-8 Chargers.

The Hawks travel to D’Youville College (March 7) to complete the home and away series with the Spartans. Earlier this season, Hilbert dropped a 4-set match on February 1. After the mid-week match, Hilbert finishes the United Volleyball Conference cross-over match-play in Rochester March 10 and 11. Hilbert will face Vassar (2-4) and SUNY New Paltz (5-1)  Saturday and finish against Bard (0-6) Sunday at Nazareth College. 

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.