Volleyball comes down the stretch

Volleyball comes down the stretch

ANNANDALE – Just five games remain for the Northern Virginia Community College volleyball team in the 2017 regular season. The first match on the slate is Thursday when the Nighthawks head to NJCAA Region 20 Division II opponent CCBC Essex for 7 p.m. first serve.

NOVA is 12-12 this season and currently in third place in the D-II standings, while the Knights are in eighth.

Last week
Lauren Havill led the Nighthawks offense with nine kills, while Nikola Knapova and Star Mebane-Uriarte combined for 13 kills to help lead the team to a straight set victory over Anne Arundel. Sarah Abisourour, meanwhile, dished 27 assists to help set up the NOVA attack.

Leading the region
The Nighthawks lead Region 20 D-II in kills (867) and assists (792). Individually, Knapova is third in the region in kills (211), while Abisourour is first in assists (707). Mebane-Uriarte, meanwhile, is second in attack percentage (.376).

Region standings
If NOVA wins its remaining D-II games, the Nighthawks could close the season with an 8-1 record and finish first. NOVA's remaining D-II slate has a combined record of 9-15 with Southern Maryland holding the best record in the group at 6-3. 

Tournament honors
After the weekend at Catawba Valley Community College, NOVA volleyball student-athletes Star Mebane-Uriarte and Sarah Halverson were named to the all-tournament team.

Record book update
With her NOVA career wrapping up at the end of the month, Knapova is currently fourth all-time in kills with 328. She is ninth in career digs with 426, just 18 behind Bianca Pinto, who is in eighth with 444.

Scouting Essex
The Knights are 9-15 this fall and have dropped six of their last seven matches. Essex's only victory in its last seven games came over Montgomery. Ann Benzinger leads the Knights in kills, while Whitney Chappell has given 670 assists.