Seniors Adam Weaver and Natalie Whitman earned Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference Athletes of the Week honors today. They joined Adam Heftka who was honored as the United Volleyball Conference’s Rookie of the Week based on their performances in the week ending January 26.
Natalie Whitman, a forward on the women’s basketball team, averaged a double-double last week while shooting 45% from the floor. Her 16 points and 15.7 rebounds per game carried the Hawks to two AMCC wins, and the program’s first-ever victory over Penn State Behrend. The transfer student-athlete also scored her 1,000 collegiate point from the foul line against D’Youvlle during the week, to push her into 5th place in the Hilbert scoring charts with 781 points (58 games). In the AMCC, Whitman is the only player to be ranked in the top 5 in both scoring (5th – 15.1 ppg) and rebounding (#2 – 11.4 rpg). She is currently ranked #1 in total rebounds (193) and 2nd in total points (257).
Adam Weaver has picked up where left off last season, leading the Hawks to a 3-1 record at the SUNYIT Invitational Tournament over the week. The Hawks split the opening day with 4-set matches: a win over Wells and a loss to Wentworth Institute. In the Gold Bracket of pool play on Saturday, Weaver put on a clinic, averaging 8.17 kills per set in the 3-set victories over Elms and Mount Ida. In total, the Outside Hitter finished the weekend with 84 kills (6.00 k/s) while hitting an impressive .434 clip, five service aces and 15 digs. In the AMCC, Weaver is currently ranked #1 in kills/set (5.36), 1st in total kills (118), 5th in digs (23) and 2nd in attack percentage (.328).
Adam Heftka, in only his second weekend of collegiate competition, has had an impact on the Hawks success. His passing skills propelled Hilbert to a 3-1 finish at the SUNYIT 12-team Invitational Tournament. Heftka totaled 120 assists (8.75 per set) to go along with eight kills, three service aces, 11 digs and five blocks. In the Hawks first game, Heftka quarterbacked the team to 32 assists in their victory over Wells and ended the day with 22 assists and three solo blocks in the loss to Wentworth. He continued his consistency with 34 assists in a straight-set win over Mount Ida and ended with 32 helpers in a sweep over Elms. In the UVC, Heftka currently sits in 4th place in assists, averaging 8.41 assist/game and #1 the AMCC league, which does not recognize a Rookie of Week.