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Montana Tech, Providence hold steady in NAIA volleyball rankings

Posted: 1:06 PM, Nov 13, 2019
Updated: 2019-11-13 15:06:10-05
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- With the Frontier Conference volleyball tournament set to start on Friday, Montana Tech and Providence held their rankings in the latest edition of the NAIA volleyball coaches' poll, which was released Wednesday.

The Orediggers, who earned the league's No. 1 seed for the conference tournament, are ranked 17th, while the Argos, the No. 2 seed for the conference tournament, are 19th in the national rankings. Lewis-Clark State and Rocky Mountain College also received votes in the poll but fell outside the top 25.

The Frontier Conference tournament is Friday and Saturday at the University of Providence McLaughlin Center. Tech (24-6 overall, 9-3 conference) has a first-round bye. Providence (21-6, 9-3) will play seventh-seeded Montana State-Northern (6-19, 0-12) in Friday's first round, fourth-seeded Lewis-Clark State (20-10, 8-4) will play No. 5-seed Carroll College (15-11, 6-6), and third-seeded Rocky Mountain College (18-12, 8-4) will meet No. 6-seed Montana Western (9-17, 2-10). The semifinal and championship are Saturday.

The opening round of the NAIA national volleyball championships is scheduled for Nov. 3. Park (Mo.) is the reigning national champion and is currently ranked fifth in the NAIA top 25. Missouri Baptist, Northwestern (Iowa), Indiana Wesleyan and Eastern Oregon are the four top-ranked teams. The complete poll can be found below.

2019 Women’s Volleyball Coaches’ Poll - Nov. 13

RANKLAST TIMESCHOOL [FIRST PLACE VOTES]RECORDPOINTS
12Missouri Baptist [11]29-4582
21Northwestern (Iowa) [9]28-1577
33Indiana Wesleyan [1]32-1552
44Eastern Oregon28-2533
55Park (Mo.)25-3517
66Viterbo (Wis.)29-5488
77Southern Oregon27-3485
88Jamestown (N.D.)27-4460
99Columbia (Mo.)25-4441
1010Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)26-5419
1111Grand View (Iowa)26-9403
1212Marian (Ind.)30-1380
1314Corban (Ore.)19-7352
1415Central Methodist (Mo.)28-3344
1516Concordia (Neb.)23-5311
1613Bellevue (Neb.)25-7310
1717Montana Tech24-6299
1818Oklahoma City30-1266
1919Providence (Mont.) (Mont.)21-6243
2020Lawrence Tech (Mich.)29-2237
2121Midland (Neb.)19-9216
22NREmbry-Riddle (Ariz.)25-5144
23NRCollege of Saint Mary (Neb.)23-13138
2425College of Idaho17-10120
25NRReinhardt (Ga.)29-2108

Others receiving votes: Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) 106, Dordt (Iowa) 80, Westmont (Calif.) 71, Trinity Christian (Ill.) 67, Menlo (Calif.) 61, Dakota State (S.D.) 40, Rocky Mountain (Mont.) 27, Saint Francis (Ind.) 19, Thomas More (Ky.) 10, Xavier (La.) 7, Huston-Tillotson (Texas) 4, Vanguard (Calif.) 3, Morningside (Iowa) 3