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Montana Tech 17th, Providence No. 20 in final NAIA volleyball coaches' poll

Brian Solomon
Posted at 5:31 PM, Dec 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-12 19:56:58-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Montana Tech and University of Providence volleyball programs landed in the final NAIA top 25 coaches' poll of the season after ending their 2019 seasons at the national tournament earlier this month.

Tech, which won a second-consecutive regular-season title in the Frontier Conference, finished at No. 17, while Providence, winners of consecutive conference tournament championships, was No. 20 in the poll.

The Orediggers (27-8) saw coach Brian Solomon earn his third Frontier Conference coach of the year award after guiding the program to the NAIA's final site for the third time in four years. Tech's season concluded in pool play in Sioux City, Iowa, without advancing to the final bracket. The Orediggers went 2-1 in pool play but dropped a tiebreaker match to Indiana Wesleyan.

Providence (25-8) also ended its season in pool play, going 1-2, with the lone win coming against Morningside (Iowa) in a five-set thriller on Dec. 5.

Marian (Ind.) finished the season No. 1 after winning its first NAIA volleyball championship. The Knights began the season at No. 24 and finished with a 38-2 record.

The final NAIA volleyball coaches' poll, which is voted on by a panel of coaches representing each conference and the independent and unaffiliated groups, can be found below.

2019 Women's Volleyball Postseason Coaches' Poll

111Marian (Ind.) [19]38-2529
2NRWestmont (Calif.)29-7512
36Viterbo (Wis.)35-7488
48Jamestown (N.D.)33-6485
51Park (Mo.)32-4447
62Northwestern (Iowa)32-2441
73Indiana Wesleyan37-3435
84Missouri Baptist34-7412
95Southern Oregon31-5386
1012Central Methodist (Mo.)33-4371
1110Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)32-6358
1213Grand View (Iowa)30-11340
137Eastern Oregon31-5334
1415Concordia (Neb.)25-8297
1514Corban (Ore.)22-10283
1616Oklahoma City34-4282
1719Montana Tech27-8256
189Columbia (Mo.)29-6243
1923Bellevue (Neb.)28-10217
2017Providence (Mont.) (Mont.)25-8205
2118Lawrence Tech (Mich.)32-4175
2221Embry-Riddle (Ariz.)29-7171
2320College of Saint Mary (Neb.)25-17139
24NRTexas Wesleyan26-10122
2524Reinhardt (Ga.)33-5121

Others receiving votes: Madonna (Mich.) 114, Midland (Neb.) 68, Ottawa (Kan.) 59, Xavier (La.) 33, IU Kokomo (Ind.) 26, Menlo (Calif.) 26, Saint Francis (Ind.) 18, Dordt (Iowa) 16, Martin Methodist (Tenn.) 15, Trinity Christian (Ill.) 9, Dakota State (S.D.) 7, Saint Mary (Kan.) 6