Mavericks Stop Hawks 3-1 in Volleyball

Release Date:
September 28, 2005
The Office of Sports Information
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HAMBURG, NY – Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC) rival Medaille College beat the Hilbert College women’s volleyball team 30-17, 30-15, 30-32, 30-18 in conference play last night in Hamburg.

Trailing two games to zero, the host Hawks got off to a commanding 10-1 lead in the third game and hung on for the 32-30 win. Hilbert kept things interesting throughout the night as they pushed the visiting Mavericks to four games before losing their first conference match of the season. The Hawks stand at 1-11 overall and 0-1 in the AMCC.

Leading the Hawks was Ashton Vertalino (Hamburg, NY/Hamburg) with 20 digs and Laura Strac (West Seneca, NY/West Seneca West) with 35 assists. Kristy Gonciarz (Cheektowaga, NY/Maryvale) chipped in with nine kills in a losing effort.

First-year Hilbert coach Tim Clauss wasn’t disappointed with his team’s effort despite the team’s seventh straight loss. “We’re learning to gel as a team and have gotten better from day one”, commented Clauss.

The Hawks will remain at home to take on conference foe La Roche College on Saturday, October 1st at 11:00 am before facing Fredonia State at 3:00 pm. The tri-match will be held at the Hafner Recreation Center and is the first of three scheduled at home for the Hawks this season.

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.