Athletics Update – Feb. 7

player_14, WeaverWEAVER NAMED AMCC PLAYER OF THE WEEK AGAIN
PITTSBURGH, PA
– For the second consecutive week, Adam Weaver has been selected as the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference Player of the Week on February 3.

Weaver earned 86 kills in five matches for a 4.78 kills per set average.  He also added 17 digs and seven service aces to his career totals.  The senior Outside Hitter had 36 kills while hitting at a .247 attack percentage clip against three of the top 10 teams in the AVCA Division III poll while the Hawks were participating at the Golden Flyer Invitational, hosted by Nazareth College.

Weaver continues to lead the United Volleyball Conference in kills per set as well as the AMCC conference (5.09).  He is currently ranked 1st in Kills (219), 4th in digs (42) and 3rd in hitting percentage (.282) in the AMCC.

RATAJCZAK BECOMES HILBERT’S ALL-TIME DIG LEADER; WEAVER NOTCHES 1,000 CAREER KILL
ROCHESTER, N.Y
.  – Ryan Ratajczak became Hilbert College’s career Dig leader today after his 16 dig-performance in the Hawks 3-1 loss in the first game of the day against Thiel College.  Later in the afternoon, he added six more tallies to his total against Juniata (8-1) to notch 626 career digs which pushed him past ’12 grad, Dan Wolfe for the top rung in the ladder.

The Hawks went 0-4 over the weekend at the Golden Flyers Invitational Tournament hosted by Nazareth College.  Hilbert faced three of the six AVCA Top 15 ranked teams in Division III men’s volleyball and still were competitive at times.  Adam Weaver notched his 1,000 career kill by the conclusion of the first day and freshman setter Adam Heftka moved into 5th place in the Hawks career assist category after counting his 57 assists today (87 assists for the weekend).

Hilbert started the day with a 29-27 set victory over Thiel College (3-2).  They then suffered three straight losses (25-19, 25-12, 25-21). Thiel finished with nine more kills with better attack percentage (.262 vs .108) than the Hawks.  Hilbert earned eight service aces but committed 13 service errors.

Ryan Ratajczak was credited with 16 digs and one assist while Adam Heftka had 32 assists off Hilbert’s 120 attempts.  Adam Weaver added 20 kills with support from Korey Schwab (6) and Ryan Tofil (5) who also added three solo blocks for the Hawks.  David Mellerski chipped in eight digs while Weaver also had seven digs and three service aces.

To end the day, Hilbert finished the tourney with their best hitting percentage (.224) against #3, Juniata, the highest ranked team they faced.  The Eagles had 39 kills and an impressive 14 service aces.  To their discredit, they also were whistled for 14 service errors.  Hilbert earned 26 kills and 11 digs.

Weaver reached double-figures again in a three-set match finishing with 10 kills.  Korey Schwab added seven kills and matched Weaver’s hitting percentage (.286).  Heftka assisted 25 times directing a few passes to Mellerski (3 kills), Duncan (3) and Tofil (2).

Hilbert (3-8) will used this week to prepare for the United Volleyball Conference’s cross-over weekend hosted by MIT (Boston, MA) February 8 and 9.  The Hawks will battle 9th ranked New York University and 11th ranked Stevens Institute of Technology Saturday before the square-off against Bard College Sunday.


WOMEN’S BASKETBALL NOTCHES ANOTHER WIN AT CAZENOVIA

CAZENOVIA, N.Y.
– The Hilbert College women’s basketball team improved to 4-16 overall after their 73-68 non-conference road win over Cazenovia College (3-16) on Tuesday.

Natalie Whitman added another impressive game to her career totals after posting 20 points and 19 rebounds (8 offensive) for the visitors.  Emily Speidel notched a 16 point night and Wyann Jackson gave the Hawks a strong 20-minutes, scoring 10 points and grabbing five rebounds.

Cazenovia’s Kimberly Vrigian came off the bench to lead the Wildcats with 21 points (9 for 25 shooting) while distributing the ball for five assists and swiping five steals.

Cazenovia had a better night shooting from the floor, hitting 40.3% of their shots compared to Hilbert’s 35.3%.  The Hawks did sink seven 3-point shots and limited the Wildcats to only three long balls.

Hilbert held a plus-20 rebounding advantage and lived through Cazenovia’s seven block shots.

Both teams battled through six lead changes during the first period with Cazenovia holding a two-point led by the break.

Right after the teams resumed play, Cazenovia stretched the score 37-33 again. Kylie Reinholz burned a 3-pointer just before Emily Speidel sank two free throws to give the Hawks their first second-half lead. Both teams traded baskets and lead changes until Cazenovia’s 10-0 run gave them their largest advantage by 8:08 (61-52).

Natalie Whitman‘s four baskets, aided with Speidel’s 3-pointer knotted the score and Wyann Jackson‘s two free throws reclaimed the lead (65-63) which Hilbert never relinquished.  The Hawks closed the game sinking 8 of 12 from the charity stripe for the win.

Hilbert hits the road for two AMCC games, one this Saturday at Mount Aloysius and the second at Pitt Bradford February 12th.  The Hawks then return to Hamburg for their final home game of the season February 15th against Pitt Greensburg.  The women’s basketball team will celebrate the careers of three seniors, Kateland Ball, Jenna Crans and Natalie Whitman prior to the start of the game.

Hilbert closes out their season with games at Penn State Behrend and La Roche College.

HAWKS WIN FIFTH STRAIGHT WITH VICTORY AT CAZENOVIA
CAZENOVIA, N.Y
. – The Hilbert College men’s basketball team hung on for an 80-73 road win at Cazenovia College on Tuesday to extend their winning streak to five games.

Going six players deep, the Hawks held a 19-point half time lead and had enough points stored in their tank to take the win as Cazenovia outscored Hilbert 42-30 in the final stanza.  Hilbert improved to 17-3 overall after the non-conference win over the 5-13 Wildcats.

Jerame Owens went the full 40-minutes and finished with 25 points and 18 rebounds to lead four Hawks in double figures.   This marked the 11th game Owens posted a double-double and his 9th game with multiple blocks.

Trevor Stark led both teams with five assists, a team-high two steals to go along with his 14 points for Hilbert.  CJ Hodge was perfect from beyond the arc to add 13 points while Jalen Smith came off the bench playing 34 minutes and shot six for six from the charity stripe and chipped in 12 points.

Cazenovia’s Keith Caiello shot seven for ten from the floor, five for five from the foul line to lead the Wildcats with 22 points.

In a close statistical game the largest numerical difference was in blocked shots, the activity at the foul line and rebounding.  Cazenovia had a slight edge from the field (42.9% vs 40.0%) while Hilbert made only two more 3-point shots.  Each team finished with six steals, almost identical turnovers (17 vs 16).

Hilbert got after the offensive glass pulling in 16 offensive boards (vs 9), and added five blocks (vs. 1).

There were a total of 55 fouls called between the two teams, with three Wildcats earning a spot on the bench before the final horn.  Hilbert’s starting five combined for 19 total fouls with four getting whistled for four fouls each.    Hilbert made 29 foul shots (46 attempts) while Caz was successful 20 times of their 26 tries.

Xavier Major was super aggressive on the offensive end of the floor as he tracked down seven offensive rebounds to finish the night with 11 total rebounds, two assists, eight points and two blocks.

Hilbert closes out their season with two road conference games before they return to Hamburg to celebrate senior day for CJ Hodge in his last home game of the season February 15th.  The Hawks then travel to the league leaders, Penn State Behrend (2/19) and La Roche (2/22).

Details on streaming video or live stats for the February 8th game at Mount Aloysius will be posted once they are available.

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