ANNANDALE – Sarah Halverson served the first nine points of the fifth set for the Northern Virginia Community College volleyball team in Tuesday evenings victory over Montgomery in Region 20 play.
The Nighthawks, who improve to 11-8 this season defeated the Raptors in a thriller (22-25, 21-25, 25-19, 25-15, 15-1).
In those first nine serves, Halverson put down two aces, while Jessica Harris and Star Mebane-Uriarte each had a kill. The Raptors were called for five unforced errors during the decisive run by NOVA.
In the first two sets MC was in complete control of the match, as NOVA had 19 team kills and 18 attack errors. The Raptors, meanwhile, had 15 kills and hit into just seven errors and were hitting a healthy .177.
Havill smacked one of her career-high 13 kills on the night to tie the third set at 10, which began a 5-0 swing for the Nighthawks -- causing the Raptors to call a timeout. After the timeout, NOVA found itself up 17-11, but MC clawed its way back into the stanza and trailed 21-18. The Nighthawks, however, regained the momentum and closed things out using a 4-1 run.
A Stephanie Burns kill gave NOVA a huge 11-4 lead in the fourth stanza, but MC regrouped and got within three (16-13). Harris put down a kill, which began a 7-0 run and saw NOVA add three kills and one ace push the match the distance.
For the Nighthawks, the 11 victories surpass last season's win total, and with one more win it ties the 2015-win mark.