(Editor’s note: Montana Tech press release)

SIOUX CITY, Iowa – In the first match of the NAIA Women’s Volleyball National Championship, Montana Tech battled back from a one-set deficit to take the first match in pool play against No. 18 Madonna 18-25, 26-24, 25-23, 25-15.

Montana Tech (23-8) starts the national tournament with a victory for the second straight year.

In the first set, the Orediggers struggled with the attack hitting just .057 as a team and completed only 10 kills. Madonna registered 14 while hitting .333 in the first frame.

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The teams played point for point in the second set until Madonna pulled ahead 23-21. The Orediggers fought back tying the set back at 23 and finally pulled ahead 26-24. Tech rebounded their attack hitting .327 notching 17 kills and just one error.

The Crusaders jumped out in the third frame early leading by as many as five. The Orediggers clawed their way back into the set pulling even at 20. Tech pulled ahead 22-20 before Madonna tied the set at 22. The Orediggers finished the set on top 25-23.

Tech rolled through Madonna in the final frame hitting .323 with 13 kills to just 7 from the Crusaders.

The Orediggers hit .243 in the match totaling 55 kills. The Crusaders finished with 57 kills hitting .230.

Angela Molesworth led the Diggers 17 kills and just 2 errors.

Masha Korol and Nicole Peacock had 10 kills each and 5 errors combined. Peacock also had 21 digs.

Sabrina Hopcroft had a match-high 28 digs.

Pool play continues for the Orediggers against Embry-Riddle (Ariz.) Wednesday at 11 a.m. MST.