Chelsea Reischuck goes up high for a volley during a playoff match last season. Photo courtesy of Hilbert College.
The Hilbert College women’s volleyball team looks to capitalize on their 2012 post-season experience as they return to the court this fall, under head coach Amanda Logue. According to Logue, this year’s team must work even harder and set loftier goals in order to get back to the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference postseason tournament in November.
The Hawks’ two senior captains have started every game during their four-year career. Chelsea Reischuck became the program’s all-time kills leader with 534 during her junior year, while Shannon Memminger owns the assist category, having grabbed the top spot by a landslide with 1,697, as well as heading service aces with 152, in her career so far.
Memminger will continue to run the team’s offense. Her setting targets will be Reischuck, juniors Jordan Botsford and Kayla Lewis and sophomore Allegra Johnson, who comes off a first team all-conference season. Johnson set a new season record with 240 kills during her rookie campaign, and she and Reischuck both set season records in 2012, averaging 2.98 points per set. Botsford led the squad with 223 digs last season, while Lewis finished with 55 kills and 91 digs.
Sophomores Ashley Benjamin, Chelsea Adamski and Olivia Tom are all expected to have a larger role in the team’s rotation this year. Benjamin adds good size on the front line and Adamski and Tom will continue to rotate in as a defensive stopper. The Hilbert rookies all should see the court as all three newcomers will be involved in Logue’s plans. Junior transfer Ashley Veignmay brings quickness and will see mainly back-row rotations, while Amanda Binder and Crystal Swanson add height and hittin and blocking presence at the net.
The Hawks open their season in the AMCC vs. NEAC Challenge hosted by D’Youville College on Aug. 31 as they square off against Keuka and Morrisville. Hilbert will then host Geneseo on Sept. 4 in their home opener at 7 p.m. The Hawks will participate in three tournaments (Nazareth, Fredonia and Houghton) along with other non-conference matches, giving them 23 total non-conference contests before facing their nine AMCC opponents.