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College Athletic Report (Edition of March 27)

Medina, Lotocki help Fredonia to Fla. wins

Fredonia State softball closed out its Florida trip Friday (March 21) with a doubleheader split with the Utica Pioneers. The Blue Devils dropped the first game, 4-2, and then won the get-away game, 7-4. In the second game, sophomore Madeline Medina of Hamburg, notched a two-run, pinch-hit triple as part of Fredonia State’s three-run fourth inning. Also during the trip, Fredonia State received a no-hitter from Kelsey Gannett in a 3-0 victory over Framingham State. Sophomore second baseman Kim Lotocki of Hamburg made a diving stop in the sixth to preserve the no-hitter. The Frontier graduate also led the offense with three hits.

Hilbert volleyball wins first over D’Youville

The Hilbert College men’s volleyball team captured a three-set United Volleyball Conference sweep over crosstown rival D’Youville College in recent action. Adam Weaver delivered 18 kills and 10 digs from every position on the floor to lead the Hawks to their first-ever victory over the Spartans, dating back to 2000. Ryan Ratajczak and David Mellerski shared setting duties as they combined for 31 of Hilbert’s 38 assists. In addition to his 12 assists, Mellerski added a team-high 13 digs, five kills and four assisted blocks. Ratajczak was credited with 19 assists, eight digs and three kills. Andrew Wolbert added six kills and four assisted blocks and Korey Schwab notched five kills. D’Youville’s Steve Goedtel of Eden led the Spartans with 12 kills while Chris Busha, a St. Francis graduate, assisted on 24 of his team’s 26 kills. Hilbert is now 5-22 overall and 1-9 in UVC.

Over the weekend at Kueka College, Weaver enjoyed a monster day at the net, clipping 55 kills, while Mellerski had a hand in 83 percent of the team’s assists and Ratajczak was credited with 45 digs for Hilbert College in their two volleyball games. The Hawks opened the day with a five-set victory over Wells College and suffered a 3-0 loss to Keuka College. Hilbert will play its final home match, with Juniata and Penn State Altoona, on March 29. The Hawks will honor Weaver in his final home game of his four-year career. He currently leads Division III in kills and points per set.

Juniata reaches top spot in volleyball poll

The Juniata College men’s volleyball team moved into the No. 1 spot on the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) poll, for the second time this season. Juniata, which is now 19-3, has won 10 of its last 11 matches and four in a row. The Eagles rank in the top 20 nationally in six different team categories, including second in blocks per set and win percentage. Senior Alex McColgin of Hamburg is a key player for the team.

Alguire helps ECC take 11th nationally

After winning the Region III Championships, the Erie Community College women’s bowling team traveled to Allentown, where it finished 11th overall in the Intercollegiate Team Championships. Alicia Alguire of Angola finished in 21st with a total 1,172 pins. The Lake Shore graduate’s highest game was a 241 and she averaged 195. Elizabeth Szpara of Orchard Park finished in 52nd with 1,095 pins and she averaged 182.5 per game. Both the men and women will travel to Nevada to finish their bowling season in April as they compete in the USBC Intercollegiate Team Championships.

LoRusso, Galanti score in Buff State win

Frontier High School graduates Sarah LoRusso and Rebbeca Galanti each had a goal in Buffalo State’s home-opening 17-3 win over Houghton in a non-conference game at Coyer Field. The Lady Bengals improved to 2-2 on the season.

Hilbert women’s lax wins home opener

Hosting its home opener, away from campus due to sloppy field conditions, the Hilbert College women’s lacrosse team defeated Wells College 7-5 for its first win of the season. The Lady Hawks (1-3) used four different scorers, including Megan Smith, who netted three goals while Kelly Hagenbuch added her first two collegiate goals, in the game at Nichols High School in North Buffalo. Kylie Reinholz of Orchard Park led Hilbert with six ground balls. Stephanie Glaza earned the win in net.


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