The North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) announced its 2015-16 men’s volleyball All-Conference selections, with first, second and third team honors being awarded regardless of position to a total of 21 student-athletes, as selected by the nine conference coaches.
Hilbert freshman Michael Podgorny was named to the NEAC 2nd Team and senior Korey Schwab earned a spot on the 3rd Team as they helped guide the Hawks to a new single season win record for the program in 2016.
Michael Podgorny led the Hawks in his rookie campaign with 297.5 points (3.07 points per set) through a combination of 269 total kills, 17 service aces and 21 blocks. The outside hitter also added 162 digs and 16 assists with a 2.77 kills (.196 percent) and 1.67 digs per set. He hit double digit kills in 11 matches and collected two double-doubles picking up double-digit digs and kills in the same match (3/05/16 v Altoona – 16k / 11d – and 3/12/16 vs SUNY Poly – 17k / 15d). On four separate occasions he struck for a hitting percentage of .400 with his most prolific hitting match against Adrian as he opened his collegiate career with 9 kills / 1 error / 12 attempts and also a career high three service aces. Podgorny transitioned through the season without a ball handling call made against him.
Korey Schwab was second in the team in points collecting 285 (2.94 points per set). The senior outside hitter posted 246 kills 21 service aces and 32 total blocks. He added 153 digs and 25 assists during his final campaign. Schwab averaged 2.54 kills and 1.58 digs per set. He hit double-digit kills in 10 matches and earned two double-doubles when he paired 13 digs with 18 kills against Wells (3/13/16) and 13 digs with 16 kills against Penn State Behrend (3/19/16). Schwab was second on the team with a .227 attack percentage and finished three matches hitting .400 ; his most successful game was against Lancaster Bible College (4/2/16) when he posted 14 kills / 1 error / 28 attempts. In his fourth season of competition wearing royal and white, Schwab became the program’s All-Time Leader in Service Aces (88) matches played (118), sets played (403) and became only the second player to break 1,000 points (4/2/16).
In only their second season competing as an affiliate member of the NEAC, the 2016 Hawks were two-wins away from making the post-season tournament. Their 8-8 league record positioned them in 5th place of the nine-team league with the top four seeds making play-offs.
Medaille College, at 16-0, earned the right to host the four-team tourney. The #1 Mavericks will host the #4 Keuka College Wolves (8-7) in one semi-final match while #2 Penn State Altoona (13-3) hosts #3 SUNY Poly (12-4) in the other. The NEAC championship weekend is scheduled for April 9th and 10th in the Sullivan Center in North Buffalo.
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