ANNANDALE – Action begins Tuesday for the Northern Virginia Community College athletic teams, as volleyball kicks it off, and the week concludes Saturday evening when the Nighthawks hockey squad takes on VCU at Prince William Ice Arena.
Tuesday, Oct. 9
7 p.m. – Volleyball at Potomac State
Friday, Oct. 12
4:30 p.m. – Volleyball versus Vance-Granville (Raleigh, N.C.)
6 p.m. – Volleyball at Wake Tech
Saturday, Oct. 13
10 a.m. – Volleyball at Wake Tech
10:30 a.m. – Cross Country at Hood College Open (6K)
11:30 a.m. – Volleyball versus Mid-Atlantic Christian (Raleigh, N.C.)|
12 p.m. – Soccer at Prince George's
9:10 p.m. – Hockey versus VCU
After taking the last two weekends off from competition, NOVA returns to the course Saturday in the 6-kilometer Hood College Open. This is the final regular season race for the Nighthawks before they go for their fifth straight NJCAA Region 20 Division I crown.
Two seasons ago was the last appearance for NOVA at Hood, where it finished eighth and was led by Emily Compton, who finished 26th. Three other Nighthawks finished in the top 60, as Lindsey Sowers capped off the trio in 59th.
The season opening eight-game homestand is winding down this month as only three contests remain before the first road trip of the year. NOVA's lone game this week is Saturday when VCU comes to Woodbridge for a 9:10 p.m. puck drop.
The Nighthawks opened the season winning three of four, but have since gone 1-2-1 over the last four matches. In the four victories in 2018, NOVA is scoring 5.5 goals per contest, and allowing just a bit over one goal a game.
Defensively in the losses, the Nighthawks have allowed 13 goals and the goal keepers have made 20 saves, while opponent stoppers have made 14 saves and allowed five NOVA scores.
Tuesday's match at Potomac State will be huge for the Nighthawks, as they play the first place Catamounts. PSC holds a half game lead over Montgomery for first place, while NOVA sits in third place just a game and a half behind the Catamounts.
In the five matches for the Nighthawks in DII action, Brittany Connatser, Lauren Havill and Deveis Wooten top the team with 124 kills. Wooten and Rachel Scott, meanwhile, have a combined 18 aces to lead the Nighthawks.