ANNANDALE – The postseason begins for two teams, and regular campaign wraps up for another this week for the Northern Virginia Community College Nighthawks. The cross country and soccer teams begin their quest for a Region 20 championship, while volleyball looks to locked down a spot in the upcoming postseason tournament.
Monday, Oct. 22
7 p.m. – Volleyball versus Allegany (Facebook Live @NOVANighthawks)
Tuesday, Oct. 23
7 p.m. – Volleyball versus CCBC Essex
Thursday, Oct. 25
12 p.m. – Soccer versus Anne Arundel (at Howard Region 20 Tournament)
7 p.m. – Volleyball at Frederick
Saturday, Oct. 27
10 a.m. – Cross country at Region 20 Championship (at Westmoreland)
Following a ninth-place finish at the Hood College Open, the Nighthawks look for their fifth straight NJCAA Region 20 Championship. NOVA began its reign in 2014, and have ran in three straight NJCAA Division I National Championships.
Kmaljeet Athwal has led the Nighthawks in all four races this season, which includes a season-best 16th place finish at the Mary Washington Opener back in August.
NOVA is the fourth seed in the upcoming Region 20 Division III Tournament and plays Anne Arundel for the second time in a week. A season ago, the Nighthawks defeated Montgomery in the semifinals before falling to Howard in the championship.
Abdullah Al Maari and Bimosan Ghmire have led the Nighthawks offense with six goals each, and as a team NOVA has scored 32 times. Al Maari and Ghmire are tied for fifth in Region 20 in goals scored.
The next three matches for the Nighthawks are NJCAA Region 20 Division II contests with NOVA looking to secure the third seed in the upcoming postseason tournament. The Nighthawks could finish with an 8-2 mark, which would be a game behind Potomac State, who has locked down the second spot.
Brittany Connatser is the region leader in kills with 289 – three ahead of Ann Benzinger from CCBC Essex. Sarah Abisourour, meanwhile, tops the region in assists with 545 as she is 64 better than Hanna Slider from Potomac State.