HC Volleyball Stumbles in DYC Tourney

Release Date:
September 3, 2005
The Office of Sports Information
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BUFFALO, NY – The Hilbert College women’s volleyball team dropped four straight matches over the weekend in the seven-team D’Youville College tournament. The Hawks start the 2005 campaign at 0-4 and will now begin preparing for a tri-match at Utica College on Wednesday, September 7th.

The Hawks lost to Keuka College Saturday 30-21, 30-14, and 30-24 despite a strong performance by Desiree Miller (Cheektowaga, NY/West Seneca East). The freshman recorded five blocks, and three kills while sophomore Laura Stranc (West Seneca, NY/West Seneca West) added 13 assists and five aces.

Earlier in the day the Hawks dropped a tough match to the University of Rochester 30-9, 30-21, and 30-8. Stranc recorded seven digs and nine assists with freshman Kristy Gonciarz (Cheektowaga, NY/Maryvale) chipping in with four kills in the losing effort.

Friday night the Hawks lost to Thiel College (30-28, 30-18, 30-18). Freshman Keri Bush (Horseheads, NY/Horseheads) provided five kills, Stranc added 14 kills and four aces, and freshman Ashton Vertalino (Hamburg, NY/Hamburg) answered with five digs.

In the opening round on Thursday night, the Hawks gave host D’Youville College a good battle before succumbing to the Spartans 30-19, 30-25, 30-21, and 30-18. Miller scored seven kills with Stranc coming through with 27 assists and 10 digs. Sophomore Nicolette Newton (Forestville, NY/Forestville) and Vertalino combined for 23 digs on the night.

Miller had a productive weekend earning all-tournament team honors for the Hawks.

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.