Volleyball Falls Short in NJAC Regular-Season Title Bid

Pomona, NJ (10/28/08) –Richard Stockton (25-8, 8-0) completed NJAC play undefeated with a 25-18, 25-17, 25-16 sweep of second-place Montclair State (16-12, 6-2) tonight.

The victory gave Richard Stockton the NJAC regular-season title and the No. 1 seed in the NJAC Tournament, which gets underway on Tuesday, November 4. The Ospreys will receive a first-round bye as will Montclair State which will be the No. 2 seed. The Red Hawks will host a semifinal contest at the MSU Student Recreation Center on Thursday, November 6 (7:00 pm) against an opponent to be determined.

Last season, MSU captured its first NJAC title in 10 years as it went on the road and defeated No. 2 Stockton in the semifinals before upending No. 1 seed New Jersey City in the title match, 3-1 to earn its first berth in the NCAA Division III Tournament.

Audrey O’Donnell (Bogota/Immaculate Heart) led the Ospreys with 14 kills while Amanda Burkart (Cresskill/ Cresskill) tallied eight kills and eight digs. Christine Aletras (Ridgewood/ Ridgewood) finished with 25 assists and 10 digs for Stockton.

Devon Johnston (Moorestown/Moorestown) led Montclair State with six kills and six digs. Christine Toskovich (Garfield/Garfield) dished 20 assists and Karen Martin (Sicklerville/ Washington Twp.) added four kills and eight digs for the Red Hawks.

Montclair jumped to an early 5-3 lead in the first set, but Burkart sparked Stockton with three kills during an eight-point run that gave the Ospreys an 11-5 lead. Burkart and O’Donnell each slammed five kills and paced Stockton to the 25-18 win. O’Donnell spiked five more kills in the second set and the Ospreys used another eight-point run to take control and later win 25-17. Johnston notched three kills in the set for Montclair.

In the third set, Stockton used an 11-3 spurt to turn an early 3-1 deficit into a 12-6 lead, and the Ospreys completed the sweep 25-16. O’Donnell again powered the Stockton offense with four kills while Martin countered with four kills for Montclair State.