Croup’s Corner – Hall of Fame class one of a kind

Written By Josh Croup, Sports Columnist

A university or college’s athletic hall of fame is an elite class of the best student athletes to ever walk its halls and sport its jerseys.

Point Park has its own athletic hall of fame, with the plaques of the enshrined athletes hanging in the second floor of the Student Center.

The first class of hall of famers was inducted in 1973 and went silent until 2000. Since then, the Point Park Athletic Hall of Fame expands each year to add more qualified athletes to the prestigious group.

This year, the hall welcomes two of the best athletes to ever play their sports at Point Park.

Lindsey Oberacker and Angela Olivieri will be inducted into the Pioneer Athletic Hall of Fame on Sept. 30 to bring the hall to 58 total individuals and one team enshrined.

Oberacker is one of the greatest, if not the greatest, volleyball players in Point Park history. Her name graced Globe headlines throughout her four-year career when she dominated on the court and etched her name into the program record books.

The Erie-native was a two-time National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Honorable Mention and led the Pioneers to their their first-ever conference championship and the national tournament appearance that followed in 2011.

That year, the outside hitter notched her career-high in kills with 556, part of her 1,855 career total. No Point Park volleyball player has had more kills in a career.

Oberacker also tallied 1,060 digs and is one of five players in program history with over 1,000 kills and digs.

To add to her already impressive resume, the student athlete was also a standout in the classroom, earning a 3.96 GPA in biology and pre-med.

While the volleyball team has had three inductees into the Pioneer Athletic Hall of Fame, the women’s soccer team has never had an athlete enshrined.

Angela Olivieri changes that this year.

Olivieri has the credentials to make a strong case that she is the programs best-ever athlete. The first real star for the Pioneers, she’s still holding her name atop the record books eight years after graduation.

The forward from Edinboro, Pa. is the team’s all-time leading goal scorer with 45 goals and over 100 points.

She was also one of the first players in program history when she stepped onto the scene in 2006 during the team’s second year in existence.

She was added to the all-conference team each of her four years, the only player in program history to accomplish the feat.

Olivieri led the team in goals each season from 2006-09, including her career-high 22 goals during her freshman year. That total still stands as the Point Park single season record. She also holds the single game records of four goals and eight points.

While all hall of fame classes are special, this one stands out. The two women were at the top of their games and help establish their programs into the winners that they are today because of their plays from 2006-12.

The volleyball team is an annual conference championship contender and the women’s soccer team has won each of the last two conference titles. Much of that winning history can be traced back to Oberacker and Olivieri and the foundations they set while they were at Point Park.