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. University Of Montana

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.)