ANNANDALE – Saturday begins the postseason for the Northern Virginia Community College volleyball team, while the men’s and women’s basketball squads open up their respective campaigns Friday against Prince George’s.
Friday, Nov. 1
5 p.m. – Prince George’s at Women’s Basketball
7 p.m. – Prince George’s at Men’s Basketball
Saturday, Nov. 2
10 a.m. – Volleyball versus Southern Maryland (Region 20 Quarterfinals)
Sunday, Nov. 3
11 a.m. – Volleyball versus NJCAA Region 20 Championship (Semifinals)
4 p.m. -- Volleyball versus NJCAA Region 20 Championship (Finals)
Monday, Nov. 4
7 p.m. – Men’s Basketball at Allegany
Eleven newcomers and one returnee suit up for the Nighthawks this season, as Corey McGhee provides the leadership on the floor. The 6-foot 6-inch utility man averaged just over five points and 7.5 rebounds a contest a year ago in 13 games.
A season ago at PGCC, NOVA lost by one (93-92) in overtime and was led in scoring by Joe Davis and Andre McFadden, who scored 22 points each.
Ciarra Owen and Kaitlyn Roberts will be the veterans for the Nighthawks this season as 10 newcomers play college basketball for the first time. Owen started 17 games in 2018-19 and averaged 6.4 points and 6.5 rebounds a game. Roberts, meanwhile, averaged 4.7 points and 6.1 rebounds per contest for NOVA in 2014-15.
Against the Owls last year, the Nighthawks were victorious 84-59 behind a 42-point performance by Mia Buchanon. Owen scored 12 points in the win and grabbed nine rebounds.
The Nighthawks are looking to make it back-to-back NJCAA Region 20 Division II titles this weekend. NOVA will be the second seed heading into the postseason, while the top seed goes to Hagerstown.
NOVA’s offensive leader, Brittany Connatser finished fourth in the region in kills (213), while Elena Swale was third in assists (405). On the defensive side of the net, Mollie Simon capped off her first intercollegiate season third in total blocks (59).