GREELEY, Colo.-- Visiting North Dakota picked up a huge road sweep with a 25-18, 27-25, 25-20 win over Northern Colorado Saturday evening at Bank of Colorado Arena in Big Sky Conference play. UND improved to 17-2 overall and 2-0 in league play.
"Tonight was a good win for us mentally. It's only one win as far as the league goes, but getting a road win in a tough environment is always a good thing," UND head coach Mark Pryor said.
"I thought Maggie Smith came in the match and provided a very confident and calming presence to us. When we have players that are non-starters come into tough situations and produce, that is a good sign of our team's character. It will be nice to get home."
Senior Faith Dooley led the Fighting Hawks with a dozen kills on just 16 swings. Fellow senior Sydney Griffin chipped in 34 assists while Teodora Tepavac recorded 12 digs in the win.
North Dakota (17-2, 2-0) turned a 4-2 deficit into an 11-7 lead in the first set, to prompt a timeout by the home team. Northern Colorado trimmed it to two at 18-16 but four straight Fighting Hawks points helped UND to a 25-18 win in the opening frame.
In set two, UND had to overcome 10 attack errors and trailed by as many as eight at 12-4, but a late-set serge set the tone. Still trailing 22-18, North Dakota went on a 9-3 spurt to close out the set, 27-25, to take a 2-0 lead in the match. Dooley killed the last two points in that set as the visitors eyed just their third-ever win in Greeley.
UND never trailed in the third, using a 5-1 start to finish 25-20 for its first win at Bank of America Arena since 2013.
North Dakota returns home next week, hosting Idaho and Eastern Washington on Thursday and Saturday, respectively.
Notes: North Dakota has won six of the 42 all-time meetings between the schools ... Saturday's win was just the third road win in the series for North Dakota (1996, 2013, 2017) ... Redshirt freshman Amelia Johnson set a new career high with four kills in the win ... UND has won nine straight Big Sky Conference regular season matches, dating back to last season ... North Dakota has won 27 of 31 sets in that span.