Sluggish day for the Nighthawks

Sluggish day for the Nighthawks

ANNANDALE – It was tough sledding for the Northern Virginia Community College volleyball team Friday evening, as it was downed in a pair of matches. The Nighthawks fell to Monroe (11-25, 14-25, 11-25) in straight sets, and dropped a tough Region 20 contest to Potomac State (18-25, 25-21, 13-25, 19-25) in four. 

The Nighthawks fall to 7-3 on the season and are back in action Thursday when they travel to Potomac State for 7 p.m. match.

Match One: Monroe 3, Nighthawks 0

Sarah Abisourour led the NOVA offense with six kills and 13 assists, while Nikola Knapova added four kills. As team, however, the Nighthawks hit -.088 for the match and could muster just 19 team kills.

NOVA was hampered by eight reception and four service errors and were also called for two blocking miscues.

Star Mebane-Uriarte and Jessica Harris were each able to get a block assist down to help the Nighthawks cause, but it would not be enough.

Match Two: Potomac State 3, Nighthawks 1

Tiara Jones had a kill early in the opening stanza to give NOVA a 9-8 advantage, but the Nighthawks were not able to continue the momentum. PSC responded with 14-6 run to go up 22-15 and take control of the set.

Following a Catamounts attack error in the following set, NOVA led 9-4. PSC, however, mounted another comeback and tied the stanza at 11. The Nighthawks did not allow the Catamounts to take the lead and used 10-5 swing and to up 21-16.

Kills by Mebane-Uriarte and Havill put the Nighthawks up 2-0 in the third, but that would be the last lead for NOVA during that set. NOVA would hit just .074 the rest of the way, and were led by  Lauren Havill, who had four kills in that set.

NOVA had to climb out of a hole in the final set, as PSC led 10-3. Knapova began a big run for the Nighthawks as she smacked down a kill and Havill had a pair of aces to bring their deficit down two at 10-8.

Both squads then would trade points over the next over the next seven serves, but NOVA was able to pick up some steam and got within two (14-12). An 8-3 run by the Catamounts put the set out of reach as NOVA was not able to get any closer than three late.