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Senior Teodora Tepavac tallied four service aces, including three in a four-point span in the second set, to help UND to a sweep of New Mexico.
Volleyball team keeps rolling, sweeps New Mexico
Courtesy: Mitch Wigness, UND Media Relations
Release: 09/02/2017
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North Dakota 3, New Mexico 0

Sat, Sep. 2, 2017  •  El Paso, Texas
Memorial Gym
Attendance: 60

  1st 2nd 3rd
New Mexico 23 15 22
North Dakota 25 25 25
Key Notes
Teodora Tepavac- 15 digs, 4 aces
Sydney Griffin - 33 assists, 11 digs, 9 kills
Faith Dooley- 12 kills  
Statistical Comparison
 Kills 48 39
 Hitting Pct.  .311 .189
 Assists 45 36
 Service Aces 5 3
 Digs 65 55
 Total Blocks 5.0 4.0
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EL PASO, Texas-- New Mexico was the latest team caught in the buzzsaw that is the North Dakota volleyball team, who swept past the Lobos Saturday afternoon, 25-23, 25-15, 25-22 to improve to 8-1 on the season. Senior Faith Dooley again led the offense, registering 12 kills while fellow senior Teodora Tepavac had four service aces and 15 digs, powering the back row.

"This was a real solid performance overall," UND head coach Mark Pryor said. "Sydney Griffin had a great match and her decision making was both very perceptive and deceptive, which in turn allowed our hitters lots of one-on-ones.

"A lot of the credit in this match goes to our back row play of our defensive specialists, Teodora Tepavac and Tamika Brekke, and our libero Alivia Fraase. They were relentless on defense and very steady in the receive game."

Griffin flirted with a triple-double, coming just one kill shy with nine kills, 11 digs and 34 assists. UND hit at a .311 clip, including .593 in that desicive second set. Tamara Merseli and Jordan Vail each had nine kills while Ashley Brueggeman added eight with the Fighting Hawks tallying just 10 attack errors as a team.

It was a see-saw first set with seven tie scores and three different lead changes, but North Dakota (8-1) was able to persevere with a 25-23 win. The second set was all Fighting Hawks. UND led throughout and thanks to Tepavac, lengthened its lead quickly. With the score 11-7 UND, Tepavac toed the service line and ripped off three aces in the span of four points to propel North Dakota to a nine-point lead and a Lobo timeout. UND would finish the frame hitting .593 with a convincing 25-15 score.

In the third, North Dakota continued its efficient offensive attack, hitting .312 with just three attack errors in the entire set, completing the sweep with a 25-22 victory. It was UND's second straight sweep and its third of the season.

North Dakota wraps up a crazy 10-match, nine-day stretch when it plays host UTEP tonight at 8:30 p.m. Central. UND will open its home schedule Wednesday, Sep. 6 against North Dakota State on Midco Sports Network.

Notes: Tepavac's four aces were a UND career high ... Griffin notched her third double-double of the season ... UND has hit over .300 for a second consecutive match (.338 Friday vs. Youngstown St.) ... North Dakota has won 25 of its last 28 matches, dating back to last season.

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