The Richard Stockton College women’s volleyball team lost to host Salisbury University 3-1 in an NCAA Division III Tournament second-round match on Saturday in Salisbury, Md. The set scores were 25-19, 19-25, 25-18 and 25-16.
Stockton, the fifth seed, ended 28-7 while top-seeded Salisbury, ranked 14th nationally in Division III in the American Volleyball Coaches Association poll, is 36-3.
One of the Sea Gulls’ losses was to Stockton, 3-0, on Oct. 14 in Salisbury.
“I think Salisbury was better prepared this time,” Stockton coach Allison Walker said. “They probably realized what worked on us last time. Their center jumped on us a few times. They had a home-field advantage. Their stands were packed.”
Stockton got off to a slow start Saturday with eight hitting errors in the first set as Salisbury won 25-19. The Ospreys rebounded to win the second set 25-19. Stephanie Warner had four kills for Stockton in the second set, and the team finished with a 7-1 run to even the match.
Kills by Warner and Nicole Serekian and an ace by Ashley Gubista helped the Ospreys to a 5-1 lead in the third set, but Salisbury responded with a 10-1 run and won the set 25-18. Warner’s two kills helped Stockton to an 8-8 tie in the fourth set, but Salisbury went on to win it 25-16 to take the match.
“We started a little slow in the first game, just like (Friday) but I had a talk with them and they executed well in the second set. In the third set we started well but got into a rut and lost some of our energy. We had a hard time recovering. Their large crowd really helped them.”
Warner led Stockton with 14 kills and four blocks, and setter Mayan Alvarado added 21 assists and eight digs. Gubista topped the Ospreys with 15 digs, and freshman Shannon Clark had 11 assists. Serekian had seven kills and five digs.
Stockton won a record fifth consecutive New Jersey Athletic Conference title this season, and Friday’s win was the Ospreys’ first NCAA Tournament victory since 2000.
“It was a phenomenal season,” Walker, the coach since 2006, said. “We did a lot of really cool things. We beat Salisbury and set the record winning the NJAC. They worked really hard and accomplished a lot. This is probably my favorite season.”
Stockton women’s soccer: The Osprey sadvanced to the ECAC Metro Tournament championship game with a 3-0 win over visiting Drew University. Dailey Todd (Millville) scored twice for the Ospreys and Jacque Becker had one goal. Stockton goalie Sarah Hinkle only had to make one save for her seventh shutout of the season. Top-seeded Stockton hosts No. 2 Kean, a 2-1 winner over No. 3 Mt. St. Mary (N.Y.) at 1 p.m. today in the championship game in Galloway Township.
Drew 0 0—0
Richard Stoctkon 1 2—3
Goals—Todd (2), Becker RS.
Goalies—Jaikissoon (5) D. Hinkle (1) RS.
Records—Stockton 17-3-3; Drew 10-8-3.
Stoctkon men’s soccer: Pat Rafferty led with two goals and an assist as the Ospreys scored five second-half goals and beat New Jersey City University 5-1 in an ECAC Metro semifinal in New York City.
The second-seeded Ospreys play No. 4 New York University at 7 p.m. today in New York City in the championship game. Chris Katona added a goal and two assists for Stoctkon, and Tim Sost (Egg Harbor Township) and Anthony Maruca (Absegami) each had a goal.
New Jersey City 1 0—1
Richard Stockton 0 5—5
Goals—Rafferty (2), Katona, Maruca, Sost RS. Lopes NJC.
Goalies—Millar (7), Brett (1) RS. Parkinson (10), Fuentes (0) NJC.
Records—Stoctkon 12-7-2; NJC 11-10-1.
Stockton cross country: The Ospreys’ men’s and women’s teams closed out the season at the NCAA Atlantic Regionals in Rochester, N.Y. The Stockton women finished 18th among 39 teams, and the Stockton men were 19th among 44 teams.
Morgan Sinclair led the Ospreys women and earned all-region honors by finishing 32nd among 277 runners in the 6,000-meter race in 22 minutes, 55.2 seconds. Randy Fagies topped the Stockton men, finishing 101st among 297 runners in the 8,000-meter race in 27:16.4.
Atlantic Cape Community College men’s basketball: Harford Community College (Md.) beat host Atlantic Cape 101-77 in Mays Landing in the Buccaneers’ season opener. Jess Jaynes scored 22 points for Harford. For the Buccaneers, Armin Cane (Pleasantville) led with 27 points and 13 rebounds. Teammate Cesar Sandoval (Absegami) added 19 points and Julian Martin had 13.
Atlantic Cape Community women’s basketball: Harford topped Atlantic Cape 113-35 in Mays Landing. Shelby Key scored 25 points for Harford, which is a National Junior College Athletic Association Division I team. Atlantic Cape is NJCAA Division III. For Atlantic Cape, Niesha Reid scored 10 points and had six rebounds, and Darice Collier (Absegami) and Kourtney Jones (Egg Harbor Township) had 6 and 5 points, respectively.