LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. - Four of Siena's all-time greats are set to be immortalized as inductees into the Siena Athletic Hall of Fame to comprise the Class of 2014. Baseball's Chris Alesio '89 and Class of 2009 graduates Kenny Hasbrouck (men's basketball), April London (volleyball) and Sarah Mayer (women's tennis) will be enshrined prior to the men's and women's basketball doubleheader on Sunday, Dec. 28 from 11:30-1:30 at TASTE located on 45 Beaver Street in Albany.
Hasbrouck, London and Mayer are all first ballot Hall of Famers. Hasbrouck is unlikely to attend the ceremony due to his professional basketball career overseas.
Tickets to the induction ceremony can be purchased by clicking the link at the top of the release. Packages include a ticket to both attend the reception and basketball doubleheader at the Times Union Center. The men host Bucknell at 2 p.m., while the women play Colgate at 4 p.m. Those interested in attending are kindly asked to RSVP by Dec. 18. For more information, contact the Alumni Relations Office at (518) 782-6788.
A local product from nearby Schenectady, Alesio currently ranks fourth all-time in Siena Baseball history with a .357 career batting average. He was named a 1988 New York State All-Star following his junior season in which he led the Saints in hitting (.395) while slugging .790 (third best single-season mark in program history) and tied for the team lead with 27 RBI despite playing in just 23 games. A two-time ECAC Division I All-Star, Alesio played one season (1990) of professional baseball with the Hamilton Redbirds of the New York-Penn League after signing a professional contract with the St. Louis Cardinals.
Hasbrouck is one of just four Siena Men's Basketball players to have his jersey retired. The Saints' all-time leader in steals (248) and fourth all-time leading scorer (1,917), he was twice named the MAAC Tournament MVP after leading the Saints to back-to-back championships in 2008 and 2009. Following his senior season, the Capitol Heights, Md. native was named an AP Honorable Mention All-American, MAAC Player of the Year and First Team NABC All-District selection. As a junior, he was tabbed Siena College's Male Student Athlete of the Year, the CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Player of the Year, Second Team NABC All-District and a First Team All-MAAC selection. The 2005-06 MAAC Rookie of the Year, Hasbrouck twice signed with the NBA's Miami Heat. He has gone on to enjoy a stellar professional career overseas and currently plays for Mobyt Ferrara in Italy's A2 Silver League.
A native of Woodbury, Minn., London is the top setter in Siena Volleyball history. She played a key role in the Saints winning the MAAC Championship in each of her four seasons as her 5,356 career assists are far and away the most in program history. She also ranks first all-time in assists per set (11.21), service aces (221), matches played (132) and sets played (478) and is fourth in attack percentage (.295). A two-time MAAC Setter of the Year (2005, 2008), London was also named the 2005 MAAC Rookie of the Year and as a senior was tabbed a CoSIDA District I Academic All-American, MAAC First Team and MAAC All-Tournament Team selection. She graduated summa cum laude with her degree in marketing and currently works as a financial assistant at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Mayer joins her sister, 2011 inductee Nikki (Mayer) Cipolla '03 as the first siblings inducted into the Siena Athletic Hall of Fame. The local standout from nearby Latham, N.Y. is Siena's all-time career (66) and single season (21) singles victories leader. The 2006 MAAC Player and Rookie of the Year, her 102 career combined victories also top the the program's all-time charts. Mayer was named the 2006 MAAC Tournament MVP after leading the Saints' to the program's first MAAC Championship and NCAA Tournament Appearance.