Nighthawks split matches at Harford

Nighthawks split matches at Harford

BEL AIR, Md. – Brittany Connatser finished her Monday night with 37 kills, while Sarah Abisourour added 49 assists to help the Northern Virginia Community College volleyball team to a split against Region 20 foes Montgomery and Harford.

The Nighthawks fell to the Raptors in straight sets, and then turned the tables on Harford and swept the Owls.

Match 1 versus Montgomery (25-22, 28-26, 25-21)

NOVA found itself down four early in the set, but answered with a 6-1 run to lead 12-11 that was capped off on a Lauren Havill kill. The Raptors then responded with their own swing and took an 18-13 advantage.

The Nighthawks did not go away, and took a 20-19 lead, but could not put away MC, as the Raptors finished stanza on 6-2 run.

During second set action, the teams went point-for-point, but late in the set NOVA was down 23-20. The Nighthawks tied the set at 25 on a Connatser kill, which was one of her school record tying 22 kills. NOVA though could not put MC away.

It was another back and forth affair midway through the final stanza, but the Raptors pulled away by using a 6-1 run. The only point for the Nighthawks during that shift in momentum was an Audrey Bartels kill.

Match 2 at Harford (25-21, 25-21, 25-17)

Down again at the midway point of the opening stanza, Deveis Wooten gave the Nighthawks a 19-17 lead on one of her 10 kills in the nightcap. NOVA would outscore the Owls 6-4 the rest of the way to win the opening set.

Following an attack error in the second set, the Nighthawks were down 16-10, but Wooten smacked down another kill to ignite an 8-2 swing. During the momentum shift, NOVA had a kill by Abisourour and two from Bartels.

To go along with the three NOVA kills, the Owls had three attack miscues, which forced them to call a timeout. The Nighthawks finished things off by using a 7-3 run.

The Nighthawks went on top 2-1 and never trailed the remainder of the final set, as NOVA smacked 12 team kills and had five aces with a pair coming from Rachel Scott.