UPB spikes volleyball Hawks

Release Date:
October 10, 2007
The Office of Sports Information
(716) 649-7900 ext. 333

HAMBURG, NY – The University of Pitt-Bradford (11-6, 3-2) moved one step closer to solidifying a place in the upcoming Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC) volleyball tournament with a 3-1 win at Hilbert College Wednesday night. The fifth place Panthers took-out the Hawks in four games (30-9, 29-31, 30-16, 30-13) to drop the hosts into a tie for eighth place, with just five league matches remaining.

Ranked 25th nationally in hitting percentage (0.252) at the beginning of the week, the Hawks registered just 12 kills in Tuesday night’s loss while hitting a dismal -.052. Defensively, Hilbert mustered just seven total blocks as leading blocker Kristy Gonciarz (Cheektowaga, NY/Maryvale) was shut out statistically.

Hilbert’s Erica Page (Angola, NY/Lake Shore) finished with three kills, three assists, and 13 digs, while teammate Melissa Kick (Blasdell, NY/Mt. Mercy) collected nine assists and 10 digs. Laura Stranc (West Seneca, NY/West Seneca West) registered two aces and a team high 15 digs in the losing effort.

The Hawks (8-9, 0-4) will regroup for an important conference match at Mount Aloysius College (9-10, 1-3) on Saturday, but must first entertain Brockport State (13-11) tomorrow at the Hafner Recreation Center at 4:00 pm.

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.