ANNANDALE – Facing its first adversity of 2017, the Northern Virginia Community College volleyball team looks to end a three-match losing streak Tuesday when Hagerstown comes to Ernst Gymnasium for a 7 p.m. battle.
The Nighthawks are 7-4 this season, while the Hawks are 5-4 after opening the year 0-4.
Last weeks match
Star Mebane-Uriarte led NOVA with seven kills, while Nikola Knapova and Lauren Havill put down six kills each in a straight set loss to Potomac State. NOVA was whistled for nine ball handling and eight block errors against the Catamounts.
Mistakes in the loss
In the four losses in 2017, NOVA has 79 attack errors, while opponents have just 48 and are hitting .286. The Nighthawks have also been called for a combined 38 ball handling and block miscues and foes have been caught just 12 times.
Region 20 standings
NOVA currently sits in a tie for fourth in the Region 20 Division II standings with Southern Maryland. Hagerstown and Potomac State have an unblemished record as the two programs are 4-0 and 2-0 respectively.
This season, NOVA has had five double-doubles with Sarah Abisourour finishing with four and Knapova one. Abisourour had a season-best 41 assists and 19 digs at Harford, while Knapova finished the match against Frederick with 17 kills and 17 digs.
Killing the ball
Seven Nighthawks have 25 or more kills going into Tuesday night's match up with Hagerstown. Knapova, Mebane-Uriarte and Jessica Harris lead NOVA in the offensive category, as the trio has smacked down 220 or the clubs 389. Mebane-Uriarte tops the Nighthawks with a .391 attack percentage.
After Tuesday's match up with the Hawks, the Nighthawks hit the road to North Carolina to play five matches beginning Thursday against Cape Fear. NOVA then plays at the Pitt Community College Invitational in Greenville, N.C.