Women's volleyball finishes 3rd at DYC tourney

Release Date:
September 1, 2007
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Page, Gonciarz named all-tourney

BUFFALO, NY – The Hilbert College women’s volleyball team started the 2007 season with a strong showing at the Nickel City Tournament at D’Youville College. The Hawks placed third by going 2-2 over the weekend as Kristy Gonciarz (Cheektowaga, NY/Maryvale) and Erica Page (Angola, NY/Lake shore) were named to the all-tournament team.

Friday afternoon the Hawks swept Medaille College 3-0 (30-28, 30-22, 30-28) to give first-year head coach Mary Boller-Easterbrook her first collegiate win. Gonciarz led the way with five kills and six blocks and newcomer Melissa Kick (Blasdell, NY/Mt. Mercy) added 17 assists in her Hilbert debut.

Keuka College registered a 3-1 win Friday night taking game one 30-28 before the Hawks evened the match with a 30-21 win in game two. The Storm rallied and finished off the Hawks with a 30-26 win in game three before wining game four 30-23. Gonciarz produced 10 kills and Kick was solid with 22 assists. Page served four aces in a losing effort.

Hilbert fell to 1-2 after a disappointing 30-25, 14-30, 22-30, 22-30 loss against the host D’Youville College Saturday morning. Gonciarz led the offense with nine kills while Carole Jones (Bliss, NY/Letchworth) chipped in with four blocks.

In the final match of the tournament, Hilbert knocked off Morrisville State 3-2 (33-35, 30-24, 30-22, 26-30, 15-6). Gonciarz and Destyn Brown (Ithaca, NY/Ithaca) pounded out 11 kills each and Page finished with 10 kills and four digs.

For the weekend, Gonciarz finished with 35 kills and 24 blocks. Page registered 24 kills and was active in leading Hilbert’s defense. The Hawks return to action at home on Wednesday, September 5th against D’Youville 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.