Pomona, NJ (10/28/10) - Richard Stockton (21-7, 8-0 NJAC) swept Montclair State (4-27, 3-5) 25-10, 25-9, 25-12 to finish unbeaten in conference play during the regular season. Christine Velott (Moorestown/Moorestown) led the Ospreys to their fourth straight win overall with a team-high 12 kills plus seven digs. Nicole Serekian (Mahwah/Mahwah) spiked eight kills and Christine Astarita (Selden, NY/Newfield) paced the Stockton defense with 19 digs.
The loss left Montclair State in sixth place in the final NJAC standings. The Red Hawks will be the No. 6 seed and face third-seeded Rutgers-Camden in the opening round of the NJAC Tournament on Tuesday, November 2 in Camden. Earlier this season Montclair fell in three sets to the Scarlet Raptors.
Marta Topor (Bogota/Bogota) topped Montclair State with six kills and Megan Cockcroft (Rutherford/Rutherford)added four kills. Kaitlyn Irwin (Cranford/Cranford), the NJAC leader in digs, registered 11 digs while Bella Millstein(Edison/J.P. Stevens) contributed eight digs and six assists for the Red Hawks.
Serekian helped propel Stockton to an early lead with four kills on four attacks in the first set, which the Ospreys won 25-10. Velott led Stockton to a 25-9 victory in the middle set with four kills. Topor slammed three kills for Montclair in the third set, but Velott countered with five kills for Stockton as the Ospreys closed out the match 25-12.
Both teams will wrap up the regular season this weekend and head into the NJAC tournament next week. Stockton will play DeSales and Neumann in a tri-match at Neumann on Saturday. Montclair State will compete in the Hunter Invitational on Saturday and Sunday.