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
|RANK||LAST TIME||SCHOOL [FIRST PLACE VOTES]||RECORD||POINTS|
|1||2||Missouri Baptist ||29-4||582|
|2||1||Northwestern (Iowa) ||28-1||577|
|3||3||Indiana Wesleyan ||32-1||552|
|10||10||Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)||26-5||419|
|11||11||Grand View (Iowa)||26-9||403|
|14||15||Central Methodist (Mo.)||28-3||344|
|19||19||Providence (Mont.) (Mont.)||21-6||243|
|20||20||Lawrence Tech (Mich.)||29-2||237|
|23||NR||College of Saint Mary (Neb.)||23-13||138|
|24||25||College of Idaho||17-10||120|
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