Montana Tech head coach Brian Solomon. (Andy Curtis/MTN Sports)

Montana Tech Sports Information Release

SIOUX CITY, Iowa – The second match in pool play at the NAIA National Championship took five sets, but the Montana Tech Orediggers took the win from Embry-Riddle (Ariz.) 24-26, 25-19, 24-26, 25-10, 15-11.

With the second victory in pool play, Tech will move on to the 16-team single-elimination bracket.

Montana Tech dominated the box score, leading Embry-Riddle in kills 71-51 and posted a team hitting percentage of .291. Masha Korol had a match-high 23 kills and just two errors, hitting .396.

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The Diggers and Eagles played even during the first frame before Embry-Riddle pulled ahead by four 22-18. Tech came back within two 24-22, but could not reclaim the lead, falling 26-24.

Tech cruised in the second set, posting 17 kills and a .255 hitting percentage. Despite hitting .318 in the third, Tech fell short against the Eagles 26-24. The Diggers led in kills 19-14.

Tech found its groove in the fourth set, scoring 15 straight points in the frame. The Diggers hit a staggering .378 with 16 kills.

The Eagles pushed back late in the final set, but the Orediggers prevailed 15-11.

Angela Molesworth had 14 kills and Haley Druyvestein added 11. Sabrina Hopcroft led the defense with 29 digs and Gena McMillan added 23.

The Orediggers finish pool play at the Tyson Event Center Thursday at 11 a.m. against last year’s national champion, No. 3 Hastings (Neb.). Tech’s final seed will be determined by the final match in pool play.

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