MCHENRY, Md. – Star Mebane-Uriarte finished with a career-high 15 kills to lead the Northern Virginia Community College volleyball team to the brink of an NJCAA Region 20 Championship with a five-set (25-15, 21-15, 25-16, 13-25, 15-7) semifinal victory over Frederick Sunday afternoon on the campus of Garrett College.
The Nighthawks, who have won eight straight play either Hagerstown or Potomac State Sunday at 2 p.m. for the Region 20 title.
The NOVA guns were blazing in the opening stanza, as Tiara Jones and Lauren Havill had nine of the Nighthawks 15 kills. NOVA also .419 in the opening frame, and kept the Cougars offense at bay, as they hit .129 with six attack errors.
Opening the second stanza, the Nighthawks led 2-1, but, but FCC swung the momentum and went on top 13-10. However, four straight Cougar attack errors gave the Nighthawks some momentum and the lead (14-13).
That would be the last lead for the Nighthawks, as FCC finished off NOVA with a 12-7 run.
In the third frame NOVA clung to an 11-10 lead after an attack error. The Nighthawks turned on the afterburners and scored 12 of the next 13 points to lead 23-11. During the run the Nighthawks smacked five kills, and FCC was forced into four attack miscues.
After a rough fourth set, the Nighthawks took control of the final frame as the team hit .368 and did not hit a single attack error. Jones, Nikola Knapova and Mabane-Uriarte had six of the Nighthawks seven kills in the closing set.