PITTSBURGH -- Point Park University is proud to induct two new members to the Pioneer Athletic Hall of Fame this year. The Class of 2017 will enshrine Lindsey Oberacker (Volleyball 2009-12) and Angela Olivieri (2006-09) during the induction ceremony on campus September 30, 2017.
With the induction of the Class of 2017, there will be 58 individuals and one team enshrined in the Pioneer Athletic Hall of Fame. It was first established in 1973 and reborn in 2000 to recognize the outstanding achievements of Point Park athletes, coaches and administrators.
For more information about the Pioneer Athletic Hall of Fame and to purchase tickets to the Class of 2017 induction ceremony, visit the Hall of Fame homepage at www.PointParkSports.com/HallofFame. Tickets to the induction ceremony are $25 and can be purchased online or by mail.
The following is a summary of this year's inductees:
LINDSEY OBERACKER -- Volleyball (2009-12)
Lindsey Oberacker, from Erie, Pa., and McDowell High School, had an outstanding career on the volleyball court and in the classroom at Point Park from 2009-12. She is Point Park volleyball's all-time leader in career kills with 1,855, and she was also a two-time NAIA Honorable Mention All-American, a three-time AVCA All-Northeast Region First Team selection and a four-time all-conference first-team selection (AMC and KIAC).
More importantly, with a 3.96 career GPA in biology and pre-med, she was named to the Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-America First Team during both her junior and senior seasons of 2011 and 2012. This honor put her in the top six players in the country (NAIA) in terms of combined performance on the court and in the class room for two straight years.
In addition to being the all-time kills leader at Point Park, she also had 1,060 career digs making her one of only five players in team history with more than 1,000 kills and 1,000 digs. She was an outside hitter who played nearly every rotation for four years. Oberacker was a multi-year team captain for the Pioneers, and she was instrumental in leading Point Park volleyball to its first-ever conference championship and NAIA national tournament appearance. That came in 2011 when she had a career-high 556 kills. She went on to finish her career the next season by leading the Pioneers to the KIAC Tournament finals in KIAC, Point Park's first season in that conference.
ANGELA OLIVIERI -- Women's Soccer (2006-09)
Angela Olivieri, from Edinboro, Pa., and General McLane High School, starred for Point Park women's soccer from 2006-09. The Pioneers' program was established as a varsity sport in 2005, and with her induction, Olivieri will be the first women's soccer player enshrined in the Pioneer Athletic Hall of Fame. With good reason, Olivieri was the first star player for the Pioneers, and she still remains as the team's all-time leading scorer with 45 career goals and over 100 career points.
Olivieri was a four-time all-conference selection in the American Mideast Conference. A forward, she was the top scorer for the Pioneers all four years, and she was the top player on the team. The women's soccer program had just been established, and it was players such as Olivieri who showed Point Park as a place for talented players to play in college.
Highlights of Olivieri's career included scoring a career-high 22 goals in 2006, which is still the most ever in a single season by a Pioneers player. She had eight goals in 2007 and another 10 goals in 2008 before battling injuries as a senior in 2009 but still putting in five goals. Her career-highs of four goals and eight points in a single game are also Point Park women's soccer records. Olivieri is the only player in team history to be named all-conference all four years.