Hawks Close Season With Tri-Match Loss

Release Date:
October 29, 2005
The Office of Sports Information
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HAMBURG, NY – The Hilbert College women’s volleyball team came up short over the weekend dropping a home match to conference foe Penn State Altoona 9-30, 23-30, 17-30 before falling to D’Youville College 30-25, 20-30, 22-30, 16-30.

Against the Penn State Altoona Lions, the host Hawks were led by freshmen Kristy Gonciarz (Cheektowaga, NY/Maryvale) and Jenelle Layfield (Olean, NY/Olean) who combined for eight kills. The Lions (20-6, 8-1) proved why they are the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference’s (AMCC) second best team as they forced the Hawks into 29 attacking errors.

Later in the day against D’Youville, the Hawks were more competitive as Gonciarz and Desiree Miller (Cheektowaga, NY/West Seneca East) both recorded eight kills. Laura Stranc (West Seneca, NY/West Seneca West) and Ashton Vertalino (Hamburg, NY/Hamburg) chipped in with four aces apiece and combining for 30 digs in the losing effort.

The Hawks close out the season with a final record of 1-26 along with an Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC) record of 0-9. 1st year head coach Tim Clauss looks forward to the scheduled return of all eight players next fall.

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.