ANNANDALE – The men's and women's basketball teams begin the week of action Thursday in the home opener against Harford, while volleyball opens the NJCAA Region 20 Tournament at Southern Maryland and hockey plays a home and home against Catholic Friday and Saturday.
Thursday, Nov. 1
5 p.m. – Women's basketball versus Harford
7 p.m. -- Men's basketball versus Harford
Friday, Nov. 2
7 p.m. – Volleyball versus Frederick (at Southern Maryland) Region 20 Quarterfinals
9:45 p.m. – Hockey at Catholic
Saturday, Nov. 3
11 a.m. – Volleyball versus TBA (at Southern Maryland) Region 20 Semifinals
4 p.m.– Volleyball versus TBA (at Southern Maryland) Region 20 Finals
6:10 p.m. -- Hockey versus Catholic
Seven Nighthawks return to the court this season, while head coach Mike Abdeljabbar welcomes eight newcomers to the roster. NOVA has its second, third and fifth leading scorer from a season ago back on the roster that will bring 873 points and 250 rebounds to the court.
Thursday's contest is the only chance to see the Nighthawks at home in November, as they go on an eight-game road trip concludes Dec. 4 at Prince George's.
Five are coming back from last season's 11 win squad, that features Natasha Porter, who averaged 15 points and 4.4 rebounds per game. Also returning for head coach Jerome Cooke is Bilan Hajinur, Tiya Anderson, Taylor Lynch and Sophia McCall.
Following Thursday's game against Harford, the Nighthawks are back home Tuesday, Nov. 13 against Potomac State.
Nearly two weekends ago, NOVA snapped a three-game skid with a 5-4 victory over Radford that wrapped up eight straight at home.
In November, the Nighthawks are on the road for three and home for three. In the home contests, NOVA hosts Catholic, Mary Washington and Florida Tech before going on the road to play Appalachian State and American.
The postseason begins Friday for NOVA in the first round of the NJCAA Region 20 Tournament against Frederick. The Nighthawks closed the regular season on a four-match winning streak after losing nine of a 11 to start the month.
NOVA was led offensively by Brittany Connatser, who had 319 kills, while Deveis Wooten and Lauren Havill added 192 and 123 kills respectively. Sarah Abisourour, meanwhile, led the region with 618 assists.