The Minnesota Duluth volleyball team had a surprisingly easy three-set win over NSIC rival Concordia-St. Paul when the teams played in St. Paul on Sept. 27.

The task was a bit tougher when the two national NCAA Division II powers met on Friday at Romano Gym, but the Bulldogs once again got over on the Golden Bears, winning a match of first-place teams in four sets.

The Bulldogs won 25-22, 17-25, 25-16 and 25-23.

UMD improved to 15-2 in the NSIC and 22-3 overall while the Bears dropped to 14-3 in the league and 21-4 overall.

On Friday, UMD's Kate Berg rifled a team-high 17 kills and also had seven blocks. Meredith Sutton had 11 kills and Abby Thor had nine kills and three blocks.

Summer Ballard had five kills and four blocks and Emily Balts had 37 set assists, four kills and seven digs. Keena Seiffert, Madison Gordon and Berg all had 16 digs.

UMD entered the match ranked No. 5 in this week's AVCA Division II poll and Concordia was No. 6. The Bulldogs are No. 2 in the Central Region rankings behind Nebraska-Kearney and Concordia is No. 3.

The Bulldogs play Minnesota State-Mankato at 2 p.m. Saturday on Senior Day at Romano Gym.