Athletics Update – Feb. 21

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PITTSBURGH, PA —  Senior outside hitter Adam Weaver was named the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference Volleyball Athlete of the Week Februrary 17, 2014.  This marks Weavers third honor through the season’s five weeks played so far.

Weaver dominated in the Hawks’ 4-set victory over Keuka, finishing with 22 kills, 3 aces, 8 digs, 1 solo and 4 assisted blocks.  in the morning game, he provided 14 kills, nine digs and 5 blocks in their 3-set loss to Thiel.

For the weekend, the senior collected 36 kills (5.14/s) while adding 4 service aces, pushing him one ace away from becoming Hilbert’s all-time leader.  Weaver hit at .311 pace, committing just 8 errors across 7 sets and tallying 1.43 blocks/set and 2.43 digs/set.

Most recently, Weaver was ranked #2 in the national Division III stats in kills/set. In the AMCC, Weaver is currently ranked 1st in kills/set (5.11), 1st in kills (312), and 4th in hitting percentage (.289).

Women’s Basketball Falls at Penn State Behrend
ERIE, Pa — The Hilbert College women’s basketball team suffered every team’s nightmare in their 65-56 loss at Penn State Behrend.

Natalie Whitman continued her dominance in the AMCC by posting 26 points and grabbing 17 rebounds and Emily Speidel added 10 points for the visitors who dropped to 4-10 overall (2-15 AMCC).   Amber Hay gave a great defensive effort coming up with three steals and passing for seven assists for Hilbert.

Four of Behrend’s staring five reached double figures as the hosts improved to 4-19 (3-14 AMCC).

Hilbert was able to get more shots off, with better field goal percentage (38.1% vs 29.1%), and they controlled the glass by out-rebounding Behrend by 13 boards (49-36) with 18 offensive caroms.  The Hawks failed to control the ball as they were credited with 22 turnovers as Behrend collected 15 steals.

But the biggest dagger in the Hawks game plan was the amount of time they spent at the foul line watching the Lions shoot.  Hilbert was whistled with 24 team fouls that converted into 37 Behrend free throw attempts (29 makes).

Conversely, the home team finished the game with 14 fouls and Hilbert attempted only nine shots from the charity stripe (making five).

After spotting Behrend an opening long ball, Hilbert converted on their next three possessions to take a 7-3 lead.  Kylie Reinholz broke the seal for Hilbert, Speidel reached from beyond the arc and Kateland Ball added a lay-up.  Five consecutive free throws by three different Lions gave the host’s their lead back (8-7) for good.   Behrend went to the locker room with a 33-22 lead.

Whitman and Speidel garnered eight points and Whitman almost out-rebounding the entire Behrend squad with her 12 boards by the break.

Things didn’t change much for the Hawks in the second half.  Behrend scored a three-pointer to open the second period, and followed that with four layups. The Lions hit their second-to-last basket at 16:08 giving them a 42-26 lead.

Hilbert battled to cut the score, but the Lions found ways to add points back on the score board from 15 feet away in a dead ball situation.  Behrend fired off 19 second-half points from the foul line the last sixteen minutes without connecting from the field again until 4:58.

Hilbert’s will to fight back was led by Whitman, who scored 10 of the Hawks’ 12 points to get within six (54-48) at 5:45. Then it was Wyann Jackson‘s turn as her three-pointer and pair of free throws on the next possession cut the spread to five (58-53).

Behrend scored seven more points at the line to capture the win.

Hilbert closes-out their 2013-14 season this weekend when they travel to La Roche College for a 4pm tip.  La Roche, the three-time defending AMCC champions, currently sits in a two-way tie with Medaille College with a 15-2 league record.

Men’s Basketball Drops to Second Place in AMCC with Loss at Behrend
– After storming out of the gate and taking a big lead early in the game, the Hilbert College men’s basketball team faded late and dropped an 87-58 Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference game at Penn State Behrend (20-4, 14-3).  With the loss, the Hawks fell to second place in the AMCC heading in the final weekend of the regular season schedule.

Jerame Owens opened the game shooting a perfect five from the floor to lead the Hawks at half time with 11 points, but his touches in the second half remained the same. The sophomore forward posted 18 points and reached for seven rebounds (team-high four assists) as the only Hawk to hit double figures scoring and grab more than three boards.

Behrend’s Zane Hackett, coming off the bench, matched Owens’ offensive punch with 18 points and led all players with 11 rebounds.   Three other Lions gathered in double figures in the scoring column.

Both teams shot well in the first half with Behrend holding a slight edge (51.5% to 47.4%), but the Lions turned it up in the second period burning the home nets 64.3% vs. Hilbert’s 38.5%.  Hilbert gave up five offensive rebounds in the second half which further hurt since there were only 10 missed shots by the host team.

At 16:04, Hilbert held a 12-3 lead with credit going to Owens (7), CJ Hodge (2) and Trevor Stark (3).  Then it became the Sean Weisansal show as he personally took the Hawks to the next level, hitting three of four foul shots and a long bomb at 12:08 (18-10).   Behrend went on a mini 7- 2 which was silenced when Jalen Smith stepped to the line and calmly sank three straight free throws 90 seconds later (23-17).  Hilbert went cold from the floor hitting only two lay-ups (Owens) and three free throws (Hodge) to close out the half as Behrend rode a 25-7 run to the break.

Nick Nadeau opened the second stanza with two steals that lead to an Owens bucket at 18:24 which cut the spread to 10 points.  That was the closest the Hawks would get.  Behrend was credited with only two jump shots the rest of the half as all their scores were lay-ups, three-point shots or free throws.  Behrend’s bench outscored the Hawks (41-24) and the Lions pounded the ball inside the paint (52 points).

While Hilbert scored 23 points in the first nine minutes and 26 seconds of the contest, Behrend held the Hawks to just 35 points through the final 30:34.

Trevor Stark added nine points and Sean Weisansal chipped in eight points for Hilbert (19-5, 13-4).Hilbert closes out their regular season this weekend at La Roche College (13-11, 9-8) February 22 with their tip scheduled for 2pm.With so many scenarios still to play-out with the last day of competition, it is easiest to say that Hilbert is battling for the second seed (with a win over La Roche) and could fall to third place with a loss, paired with the outcome of other games.The AMCC play-offs begin Tuesday, February 25th with #3 seed hosting #6 and #4 seed hosting #5. The first and second seeded teams will earn byes and meet the winners of the First Round games at Penn State Behrend, who will host the Championship Weekend February 28 and March 1.