Sydney Mattson, starting just her first match of the season, had a career-best 35 assists to lead the University of North Dakota women’s volleyball team to a 25-20, 25-17, 25-19 Big Sky Conference sweep of Northern Arizona University on Thursday night in Betty Engelstad Sioux Center. On offense, UND was led by Tamara Merseli, who had 12 kills and 20 digs. Faith Dooley chipped in 10 kills, while Jordan Vail had nine kills and Ashley Brueggeman had seven. The Fighting Hawks (26-7 overall, 11-4 BSC) are still in the mix to grab the No. 2 seed in the upcoming league tournament. NAU is 12-14 overall and 8-7 in the BSC. UND hosts Northern Colorado in its regular season finale Saturday morning. (Check out more photos from Russ Hons here.)
The University of North Dakota women’s volleyball team won its 20th straight home match, defeating the University of Montana 25-15, 22-25, 26-25, 25-19 in Big Sky Conference play Thursday night in Betty Engelstad Sioux Center. The Fighting Hawks (24-2 overall, 9-2 BSC) did have their school-record consecutive home set winning streak come to an end at 39, though, as Montana took the third set. UND was led by Jordan Vail, who had 11 kills and six blocks. Faith Dooley added 10 kills and seven total blocks, while Sydney Griffin chipped in 36 assists, 10 digs, six kills, three blocks and a pair of aces in the win. North Dakota returns to action Saturday night when it hosts Montana State. (Check out more photos from Russ Hons here.)
The University of North Dakota women’s volleyball team ran its home winning streak to 18 behind three different players who recorded double-doubles in defeating Idaho State University 25-22, 27-25, 25-16 in Big Sky Conference action Thursday night in Betty Engelstad Sioux Center. Faith Dooley (10 kills, 10 blocks), Tamara Merseli (10 kills, 14 digs) and Sydney Griffin (40 assists, 10 digs) all scored double-doubles, while Jordan Vail led the Fighting Hawks offense with 13 kills. Alivia Fraase chipped in 21 digs and Teodora Tepavac added 16. UND upped its season record to 22-4 overall and 7-2 in the Big Sky. The Bengals fell to 8-14 overall and 5-4 in the BSC. UND hosts Weber State on Saturday in its next action. (Check out more photos from Russ Hons here.)
Senior Faith Dooley blocked 10 shots and added nine kills without an error and Sydney Griffin chipped in with her seventh double-double of the season (26 assists, 10 digs) as the University of North Dakota women’s volleyball team won its 19th match out of 21 with a sweep of Eastern Washington University on Saturday afternoon in Betty Engelstad Sioux Center. The Fighting Hawks upped their Big Sky Conference record to 4-0 with the 25-15, 25-12, 25-20 sweep. EWU fell to 5-8 overall and 2-2 in the Big Sky. UND goes on the road for its next four matches facing Portland State and Sacramento State next week. (Check out more photos from Russ Hons here.)
The University of North Dakota women’s volleyball team defeated Sacramento State 3-2 on Thursday night in the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center, handing the California school its first Big Sky Conference loss. UND had five players in double figures in kills led by senior Chelsea Moser’s 18. Julia Kaczorowska had 13 kills, while Ashley Brueggeman added a career-high 12. Also in double figures were Faith Dooley (11) and Tamara Merseli (10). UND (13-8 overall) defeated Portland State on Saturday afternoon, to take the Big Sky lead with a 5-1 record. Check out more photos from Russ Hons here.
The University of North Dakota woman’s volleyball team, behind record-setting McKenzie Hart, defeated Big Sky Conference leader Idaho 3-0 (25-22, 25-20, 25-22) on Thursday night in Betty Engelstad Sioux Center. Hart, a senior from Langdon, N.D., set a UND digs record with her 24 against the Vandals. She is now at 1,759, passing Lindsay Vortherms. UND was led on offense by Courtney Place with 14 kills and Chelsea Moser with 11. Sydney Griffin had 33 assists. UND upped its record to 8-7 in the Big Sky and 20-12 overall. Idaho dropped to 10-5 in conference and 13-14 overall. UND hosts Eastern Washington at 11 a.m. Saturday to close out its regular season.