LA PLATA, Md. – Behind a combined 44 kills in the final three sets the Northern Virginia Community College volleyball team was able to hold off Southern Maryland Tuesday evening in NJCAA Region 20 Division II action.
The Nighthawks, who won the match 13-25, 25-17, 27-25, 25-23 improve to 16-12 and return to the floor Thursday when they host Howard for 'Sophomore Night.'
To open the match, the Nighthawks trailed 7-5 following back-to-back Hawks attack errors, but NOVA could not capitalize. CSM answered with a 16-5 run to go up 23-10 and hit .158 and to go along with 12 kills.
Sarah Halverson had four straight serves to help the Nighthawks jump on top of the Hawks 6-2. CSM though responded and chilled the NOVA attack and went up 12-11, but that would be the last lead for the Hawks.
On the very next possession, Lauren Havill, who had 11 kills on the night picked up one of her points to tie the match at 12. That began a stanza ending 13-5 run to tie the match at one set apiece.
Starting the third set, the Nighthawks opened things up leading 11-4 and eventually pushed the advantage to 19-15 late following a Katy Garrity kill. The Hawks responded with a 6-0 swing before Tiara Jones began a quick 3-0 Nighthawks run.
The Nighthawks had a chance to close the set twice, but CSM hung tight and twice tied the match before Nikola Knapova smacked a set-winning kill.
Knapova and Havill had 12 of NOVA's 16 kills in the final set and four aces between Star Mebane-Uriarte and Garrity lifted the Nighthawks to a season-best five match winning streak.
NOVA locked up the second spot in the upcoming Region 20 Division II Tournament and awaits final seeding to learn who its opponent is.