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Hawks' streak comes to an end

Well, it had to end sometime. UND's impressive 20-match home win streak came to an end Saturday night as Montana State--beaten decisively in the first set--rallied to down the Fighting Hawks 14-25, 25-23, 25-27, 28-26, 15-11 before 1,439 fans at ...

Well, it had to end sometime.

UND's impressive 20-match home win streak came to an end Saturday night as Montana State-beaten decisively in the first set-rallied to down the Fighting Hawks 14-25, 25-23, 25-27, 28-26, 15-11 before 1,439 fans at the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center.

And the streak was broken on a special night for UND as the program honored its seniors, who helped lead the Fighting Hawks to become of the top teams in the Big Sky Conference.

After the match, they received a video tribute.

"It's unfortunate for the seniors that they have to go out with a loss on Senior Night but they battled," said UND coach Mark Pryor. "We beat them in every statistical category except the win column. It stinks.

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"They've been great ambassadors for the University of North Dakota and they will be successful in anything they do in the future."

UND had Montana State on the ropes, leading 25-24 in the fourth set. But Montana State's Kelsie White came up with a block to prolong the match.

In the fifth set, UND led 10-8 on an ace by Teodora Tepavac but the Bobcats managed to hang around.

UND senior setter Sydney Griffin flirted with a triple-double with 56 assists, 10 digs and nine kills. Alivia Fraase had 25 digs in the loss while Jordan Vail had 11 kills and seven total blocks.

Montana State had three players with double-digit kills-Kiana Black (17), Natalie Passeck (13) and Hannah Scott (12).

Tamara Merseli led UND with 17 while while Julia Kaczorowska and Ashley Bruggeman each had 10.

The loss dropped UND to 9-3 in the Big Sky North Division and 24-5 overall. Montana State improved to 4-8 and 8-13.

UND, however, won't have much time to think about the loss. The Hawks play at nationally ranked Iowa State on Monday.

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"There is no better way to get a bad taste out of your mouth than to play a ranked team," said Pryor. "If you're going to wallow in self-pity, you can get right back on the bus. It'll be good for us to hit the reset button."

Wayne Nelson is the sports editor at the Herald.


He has been with the Grand Forks Herald since 1995, serving as the UND football and basketball beat writer as well as serving as the sports editor.



He is a UND graduate and has been writing sports since the late 1970s.



Follow him on Twitter @waynenelsongf. You can reach him at (701) 780-1268 or wnelson@gfherald.com.
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