RUSS HONS: Photo Gallery — University Of North Dakota Vs. Northern Arizona University

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.)

RUSS HONS: Photo Gallery — University Of North Dakota Vs. Sacramento State University

A fourth-quarter comeback fell short for the University of North Dakota football team Saturday in the Alerus Center, as the Fighting Hawks dropped a 34-27 decision to Sacramento State University in a matchup of Big Sky Conference foes. UND (2-6, 1-4 BSC) and Sacramento State (4-3, 3-1 BSC) were tied 10-10 at halftime before the Hornets opened up a 24-10 lead in the third quarter and managed to hold on for the win. UND starting quarterback Keaton Studsrud was 5-for-12 for 80 yards before leaving the game with an injury. Backup quarterback Andrew Zimmerman finished 11-for-20 for 179 yards and two second-half touchdown passes, one to De’mun Mercer (39 yards) and the other to Noah Wanzek (18 yards). Mercer finished the game with five catches for 115 yards. Wanzek caught eight passes for 100 yards. Running back John Santiago rushed for 75 yards on nine carries to lead UND’s ground game. Sacramento State redshirt freshman quarterback Roman Ale, in his first collegiate appearance, completed 13 of 19 passes for 263 yards and two long scoring tosses to wideout Andre Lindsey. UND will be on the road for its next two contests, starting with a Big Sky matchup at Portland State next Saturday. (Check out more photos from Russ Hons here.)

RUSS HONS: Photo Gallery — University Of North Dakota Vs. Idaho State University

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.)

RUSS HONS: Photo Gallery — University Of North Dakota Vs. University Of Montana

The University of North Dakota fell to 2-5 and 1-3 in the Big Sky Conference after the University of Montana (5-2, 3-1 BSC) scored a 41-17 victory over the Fighting Hawks Saturday at Washington-Grizzly Stadium in Missoula. Montana redshirt freshman Gresch Jensen overcame a shaky start to finish the game with 423 yards passing and four touchdowns. The Fighting Hawks were playing without their starting quarterback, Keaton Studsrud. His backups, Brad Heidlebaugh and Andrew Zimmerman, were a combined 12-29 for 188 yards and one touchdown. UND running back James Johannesson led the Fighting Hawks rushing game with 93 yards on seven carries and one touchdown. UND’s only other touchdown came on a 62-yard pass from Zimmerman to Stetson Carr. UND returns Saturday to take on Sacramento State at the Alerus Center. (Check out more photos from Russ Hons here.)

RUSS HONS: Photo Gallery — University Of North Dakota Vs. Eastern Washington University

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.)

RUSS HONS: Photo Gallery — University Of North Dakota Vs. Montana State University

The University of North Dakota football team suffered its third loss of the season Saturday, dropping a 49-21 Big Sky Conference game to Montana State University before 12,342 fans, the first sellout at the Alerus Center since the 2009 season opener vs. South Dakota. The 17th-ranked Fighting Hawks, who fell behind 21-0 in the first half, closed the gap to 28-13 in the third quarter on two Reid Taubenheim field goals and a 37-yard touchdown interception by Jake Disterhaupt, but the Bobcats outscored UND 21-8 the remainder of the game for the victory. Brady Oliveira scored UND’s only other touchdown, a 34-yard run late in the third quarter. Montana State quarterback Chris Murray rushed for 132 yards and one touchdown and threw for 174 yards and three touchdowns. MSU (1-2, 1-0 BSC) finished with a 515 to 255 edge in total offense, with 341 of those coming on the ground. UND (1-3, 0-1 BSC) will return to league action next Saturday at UC Davis. (Check out more photos from Russ Hons here.)

RUSS HONS: Photo Gallery — University Of North Dakota Vs. Portland State University

Marina Marzolino’s two-run homer was all the University of North Dakota women’s softball team needed to defeat Portland State University 2-0 in Big Sky Conference action Saturday at Apollo Field in Grand Forks. The Fighting Hawks picked up their 21st win of the season, breaking the program’s Division I record for single-season wins, running their record to 21-29 (7-10 in Big Sky). PSU dropped to 8-32, 6-11 in the Big Sky. Kaolin VanDomelen was the winning pitcher, striking out four and throwing her fourth complete-game shutout of the season. Alyssa Burk took the loss. UND ends its regular season next weekend, hosting Southern Utah for a three-game series. (Check out more photos from Russ Hons here.)

RUSS HONS: Photo Gallery — University Of North Dakota Vs. Portland State University

The University of North Dakota women’s softball team gained a split in a Big Sky Conference doubleheader with Portland State University on Friday at Apollo Field in Grand Forks, winning the second game 6-4 after falling 5-0 in the 10-inning opener. The Fighting Hawks closed their season with a 20-29 (6-10 in Big Sky) record, tying the program’s Division I record for single-season wins, which was set in 2011, when UND finished with an overall record of 20-35. PSU is 8-32, 6-11 in the Big Sky. Marina Marzolino paced UND in the win, going 2-3 with a three-run homer. Hannah Bergh picked up the win in the nightcap, striking out five Vikings through seven innings. Kaolin VanDomelen took the loss in the opener, throwing nine shutout innings before giving up five runs in the 10th. Alyssa Burke was the winning pitcher in the opener and took the loss in the second game. North Dakota and Portland State finish off the Big Sky series with a third game this afternoon. (Check out more photos from Russ Hons here.)

RUSS HONS: Photo Gallery — University Of North Dakota vs. Portland State University

The University of North Dakota men’s basketball team clinched its first regular season conference title in 22 seasons with an 82-73 victory over Portland State University on Saturday in Betty Engelstad Sioux Center. Just like he’s done all season, Quinton Hooker led the way for the Fighting Hawks (19-9 overall, 14-4 Big Sky), scoring 29 points against the Vikings (14-15, 7-11), who were paced by Traylin Farris with 17 points and Calaen Robinson with 15 points. UND’s Geno Crandall chipped in 21 points, eight assists, and seven rebounds in the winning cause. With the win, UND heads to Reno, Nev., as the No. 1 seed in the Big Sky Tournament. The Fighting Hawks play their first game Thursday against the winner of No. 8 Portland State and No. 9 Northern Arizona. (Check out more photos from Russ Hons here.)

 

 

RUSS HONS: Photo Gallery — University Of North Dakota Vs. Northern Colorado University

The University of North Dakota women’s basketball team, behind the scoring of seniors Makailah Dyer, Samantha Roscoe and Leah Szabla, defeated the University of Northern Colorado 75-68 on Saturday in Betty Engelstad Sioux Center to move closer to a Big Sky Conference title. Dyer scored 17 points and added 11 rebounds, Roscoe had 14 points and three boards and Szabla chipped in 13 points and six rebounds to move UND to 14-2 in the league play and 19-8 overall. Savannah Scott led the Bears (12-4 BSC, 20-7 overall) with 19 points. Katie Longwell and Courtney Smith added 18 and 14 points, respectively. The Fighting Hawk need just one more win or a Montana State loss to clinch at least a share of the conference’s regular season title. UND heads to Sacramento State and Portland State next week. (Check out more photos from Russ Hons here.)