Athletics Update – April 11

wsc wxcWomen’s Soccer and Women’s Cross Country Repeat as Team Peak Performers

PITTSBURGH, Pa. – The AMCC celebrated Day Two of NCAA Division III Week by honoring seven fall sport teams who achieved the highest overall cumulative GPAs among their peer institutions in the conference.

The Team Peak Performer awards were established two years ago to recognize outstanding academic achievement by one team in each sport. 
This marks the third year that Hilbert College’s women’s soccer team and Franciscan University’s women’s volleyball team have each won the award.

Hilbert’s women’s cross country team is a repeat winner having claimed the award last season as well.

This year’s honorees include:

Cross country, men:     Penn State Altoona, 3.41 gpa
Cross country, women:    Hilbert College, 3.69 gpa
Golf:    Mount Aloysius College, 3.07 gpa
Soccer, men:    D’Youville College, 3.17 gpa
Soccer, women:    Hilbert College, 3.45 gpa

Tennis, women:     Franciscan University, 3.59 gpa
Volleyball, women:     Franciscan University, 3.47 gpa

Later this week, the AMCC will announce additional academic awards.  On Thursday, April 10th each institution’s Academic All-Conference selections as well as their Individual Peak Performers will be posted.  Hilbert College will release the athletics department’s selection for the Chi Alpha Sigma National Student-Athlete Academic Honor Society 2014 inductee class as well.

But the most exciting news will be the announcement of the one institution in our ten-member conference whose student-athletes have achieved the highest cumulative gpa.


DIII Week Starts With a Bang!

53 Hawk Athletes Earned 3.5 or higher GPA

HAMBURG, N.Y. – The Hilbert College athletics department kicked off the DIII Week Monday, April 7th with a special reception held in the West Herr Atrium to honor the academic success of the Hawk student-athletes.

One male and one female team with the highest cumulative grade point average (gpa) were recognized for their efforts in the fall 2013 semester. The women’s cross country team collectively earned the highest gpa with a 3.69 and the men’s volleyball team earned a 3.29 gpa to lead the men’s programs.

Also acknowledged and introduced were the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference’s Individual Peak Performers.  These student athletes attained a cumulative gpa of 3.5 or higher.  All student-athletes are mentioned in this list whether or not they are AMCC student-athletes.

Student Name Sport
Armstrong, Barrett Women’s Soccer
Babocsi, John Baseball
Bailey, Amber Women’s Soccer
Bailey, Robbi Women’s Soccer/Lacrosse
Ball, Kateland Women’s Cross Country/Basketball/Softball
Bengert, Jedidiah Men’s Lacrosse
Benjamin, Ashley Women’s Volleyball
Binder, Amanda Women’s Volleyball/Softball
Brewster, Ryan Men’s Basketball
Bugaj, Lauren Women’s Soccer
Cartaginese, Andrew Men’s Cross Country/Baseball
Chatt, Paige Women’s Cross Country/Basketball/Lacrosee
Coniglio, Tyler Men’s Soccer
Crans, Jenna Women’s Basketball
Deady, Brenden Men’s Lacrosse
Decker, Harlie Women’s Lacrosse
Decker, Nathan Men’s Soccer
Eggleston, Lauren Women’s Basketball
Eister, Tyler Men’s Soccer
Ellis, Shannon Women’s Cross Country
Gee, Michael Men’s Soccer
Gotham, Jaelyn Women’s Basketball/Softball
Hailey, Crystal Women’s Cross Country/Softball
Hyman, Nathaniel Men’s Lacrosse
Labuski, Jenah Women’s Basketball
Lenz, Matthew Baseball
Mandell, Kelly Women’s Lacrosse
Mergenhagen, Kelly Women’s Cross Country
Pernick, Joseph Baseball
Pulaski, Daniel Men’s Soccer
Reinholz, Kylie Women’s Cross Country/ Basketball/Lacrosse
Reynolds, Dalton Baseball
Rodriguez, Nicolas Men’s Soccer
Rouleau, Julie Women’s Cross Country
Schmidt, Sarah Women’s Soccer
Shaw, Tyler Baseball
Smith, Erin Women’s Soccer/Basketball/Softball
Song, Yiliang Men’s Volleyball
Speidel, Emily Women’s Basketball
Stark, Trevor Men’s Basketball
Sticek, Spencer Baseball
Stringham, Eliza Softball
Takac, Douglas Men’s Lacrosse
Tauriello, Caitlyn Women’s Soccer
Unverhau, Benjamin Men’s Lacrosse
Vaccaro, Courtney Women’s Soccer
Van Norman, Megan Women’s Soccer
Vazquez, Adrian Men’s Basketball
Voveris, Michael Baseball
Weaver, Adam Men’s Volleyball
Whitman, Natalie Women’s Basketball/Softball
Williams, Matthew Men’s Cross Country
Zawadzki, Adam Men’s Lacrosse

Congratulations to all and continue your focused efforts in the classroom and on your field of competition!

Matt Simon Named NEAC Offensive Player of the Week

Matthew Simon Bio/stats

GANSEVOORT, N.Y. – Matthew Simon has been named the North Eastern Athletic Conference Men’s Lacrosse Offensive Player of the Week April 7.  Simon had a terrific pair of performances for the Hawks last week to earn his first league honor.

The freshman attacker led the Hawks to a pair of conference wins after registering 12 points on 10 goals and a pair of assists.  Simon had five goals in both wins, starting with a 12-10 win over Medaille last Wednesday where he also scooped up two groundballs.  The Shirley, NY native added another five goals and two assists in a 13-8 win over SUNY Cobleskill Saturday.  The important piece to note is that he scored when it mattered, registering three goals in both fourth quarters of the tightly contested matchups.  Hilbert is now 3-0 in the NEAC.


Adam Weaver Closes Career with 6th AMCC Player of the Week

Adam Weaver – bio/stats

PITTSBURGH, PA –  Playing his final week of collegiate volleyball, Adam Weaver came up big once again and was named the AMCC Men’s Volleyball Player of the Week, April 7. 

Weaver continued his dominating play for the Hawks in their final week of AMCC league play.  The senior led to a sweep of his AMCC opponents iwth 6.43 kills/set (45 total) and a hitting rate of .352.  Weaver added 3 assists, 1 service ace, 18 digs and 7 blocks to his performance to rack up 50.5 points while committing just 13 errors.

Weaver continues to lead Division III in kills/set and is a contender for the points/set as well. It is no surprise then that the Stow, OH native leads the AMCC in kills/set (5.03) and kills (609).

Adam Weaver Named to UVC Second Team All Conference

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – For the third time in his four-year career, Adam Weaver has been selected to a United Volleyball Conference All-Conference team.  The senior outside hitter was voted to the 2nd Team this year jumping up from two earlier Honorable Mention selections while at Hilbert College.

Weaver led the Hawks to the program’s best finish with the 9-25 record. Almost 50% (17 of the 36) of their games were against opponents who are (or were at one point) in the Division III Top 15 poll.

The Stow, OH native averaged 5.68 points per set and 5.03 kills per set (the 2013 NCAA Division III leader) through the 34 matches (121 sets) played.  Weaver currently is the #1 ranked player in Division III men’s volleyball in both categories, and based on his statistical lead, he potentially will become a two-category NCAA Division III leader in 2014.

Weaver had an outstanding senior year.  He doubled his efforts offensively from a year ago.  He finished with 609 kills, 1,412 attack attempts, 34 service aces, 183 digs, 26 solo blocks, 62 total blocks, and 687 points
Weaver graduates from Hilbert as the Hawks’ most decorated men’s volleyball player in the program’s fourteen year existence.  He 1,443 kills, 4.23 kills/set, 3,386 attack attempts, 84 service aces, and 1,624.5 points place him as the program’s career leader.  He ended as the #3 leader in digs (581), #5 leader in digs/set (1.70)  #2 in solo blocks (54),  #2 in assisted blocks (87), and #2 in total blocks (143).

Weaver was named the UVC Player of the Week on March 24th and was also recognized at the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference’s Player of the Week on six different occasions during the 11-week season.

Men’s Volleyball Sweeps Final Matches, Gives Program Best Record Ever

Box Score 1 | Box Score 2

BUFFALO, N.Y. – The Hilbert College men’s volleyball team closed-out their season with a clean sweep of games today played in the College Center at D’Youville College.  Hilbert fought to 3-0 victory over Penn State Altoona before they battled to a 3-1 win against D’Youville College.  After today’s matches, the Hawks (9-25) set a new season-record with victories while playing the program’s most challenging schedule, ever.

Hilbert opened the afternoon with a  28-26 win over Altoona and then cruised to a 25-16 and a 25-18 sweep.  Andrew Duncan carried Hilbert early in the first set earning 5 quick kills.  Korey Schwab‘s kill gave Hilbert their 27th point and Altoona committed an attack error to give the Hawks the first set.

Adam Weaver gave Hilbert five of their first six points to start the second set as Hawks jumped out to a 10-4 lead which they stretched to 21-13 before coasting to the second set win.

Altoona came back ready to play in the third set.  Both teams played a close-set, with neither team able to hold a larger than two-point advantage.  With the score tied at 13, Andrew Wolbert‘s kill started the Hilbert run which stretched to 18-14 before the Lions called a timeout.

As he started the match, he ended it.  Andrew Duncan‘s kills gave Hilbert three of the team’s five earned points for the win.

Hilbert finished the match with 51 kills (.328) while Altoona clipped the ball at .185 with 35 kills.  Weaver added to his lofty total with 22 kills in three sets (9 digs) and Duncan earned his career high with 11 kills and team best two service aces.  Korey Schwab chipped in 10 kills.  Ryan Ratajczak chipped in 17 digs while David Mellerski assisted 41 times in addition to picking up 11 digs.

Then in their last match of the season, Hilbert beat D’Youville for the second time this season.  The Spartans took the first set, 25-23 before Hilbert rebounded with three straight wins (25-17,25-13,25-18).  Hilbert had another good hitting match (.306) while D’Youville struggled to connect successfully (.092).  The Hawks finished with 14 more kills with 11 fewer attempts than D’Youville.

Ryan Ratajczak and Korey Schwab reached double digit digs with 14 and 11, respectively.  Schwab also added 13 kills and four service aces collecting 17 points today.  David Mellerski posted another 42 assists to his career numbers.  Andrew Wolbert gave Hilbert four assisted blocks and Andrew Duncan added six more kills to his career today.  Adam Zientek doesn’t get a lot of ink, but his contributions late in the seasons have been invaluable.  He gave the Hawks four kills and eight digs along with two assisted blocks.

Adam Weaver tallied 23 kills (.390), nine digs, one assist, one solo block and three assisted blocks in his final set of his Hilbert career.  And what a career it has been.

The men’s volleyball career stats/season stats will be updated on Monday, April 7th.  Check back on the statistics link of the men’s volleyball page for details.