HICKORY, N.C. – It was a tough day for the Northern Virginia Community College volleyball team Friday at the Catawba Valley Invitational, as the Nighthawks fell in straight set to Lake Sumter and in four against Pasco-Hernando.
NOVA has a chance to rebound Saturday against St. John's River and Bob Jones to wrap up the Catawba Valley Invitational starting at 9 a.m.
NOVA struggled offensively in its first match of the day, as the team hit .128. The Nighthawks were led by Brittany Connatser, who had nine kills, while Lauren Havill and Alyssa Mielke each had four kills.
In the opening stanza, NOVA hit nearly .200 and had 12 combined kills from Connatser, Havill and Mielke. Sarah Abisourour, meanwhile, gave 12 assists to help set up the offense, but the Nighthawks came up just short falling 25-21.
Over the final two sets, NOVA could not get its offense turned on as they hit into seven attack errors and had three service miscues. NOVA was also whistled for six ball handling errors and three block errors, as the Nighthawks lost 25-17, 25-12.
The Nighthawks did not produce many kills in the first set of the second contest, but behind a pair of aces by Abisourour and Havill NOVA came out on top 25-15. Connatser, meanwhile, had a solo block for the Nighthawks in the opener.
During the second and third set, NOVA was haunted by 14 attack errors and four serve mistakes, as PHSC won both 25-15.
During final set action, Deveis Wooten led the Nighthawks offense with two kills, but as a team service errors held NOVA down. The Nighthawks committed five serving errors, and the offense had just four kills and hit into four attack errors en route to the 25-11 loss.