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Montana Tech volleyball up to No. 17; Providence 19th in NAIA polls

Rocky receiving votes
Posted: 12:31 PM, Nov 06, 2019
Updated: 2019-11-06 14:32:32-05
Montana Tech volleyball

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Montana Tech volleyball program climbed one spot to No. 17 in the latest edition of the NAIA volleyball coaches' poll, which was released this week.

The Orediggers improved to 22-6 overall and 7-3 in Frontier Conference play, defeating Montana Western and Rocky Mountain College in straight-set sweeps over the weekend. The Orediggers have won six of seven and are one game back of league-leading Lewis Clark State College (20-8, 8-2) which landed at No. 24 in the poll after not being ranked prior. The Warriors were the only new addition to the coaches' poll this week.

The University of Providence fell one slot to No. 19 in the latest poll, despite winning three of its last four, including a four-set victory over Tech on Oct. 18. The Argos (19-6 7-3) defeated MSU-Northern in four sets on Halloween, then edged Carroll College in a five-set thriller two days later.

Rocky Mountain College (17-11, 7-3) is also within striking distance of the league's regular-season title, and the Battlin' Bears received votes in this week's poll.

This week's Frontier Conference matches pit Tech at Carroll College on Wednesday evening, then the Orediggers host Lewis-Clark State in a key matchup on Saturday. Providence is at Western and at Rocky, while the Battlin' Bears also have a home match against MSU-Northern.

Northwestern (Iowa) received all 21 first-place votes to remain No. 1 in the poll, which is voted on by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences and unaffiliated groups. Northwestern is 27-0 this season, the lone unbeaten in the top 25.

The latest NAIA women's volleyball coaches' poll can be found below.

NAIA volleyball coaches' poll
Nov. 5, 2019

RANKLAST TIMESCHOOL [FIRST-PLACE VOTES]RECORDPOINTS
11Northwestern (Iowa) [21]27-0591
22Missouri Baptist27-4572
34Indiana Wesleyan30-1544
43Eastern Oregon26-2530
55Park (Mo.)22-3517
66Viterbo (Wis.)28-5491
79Southern Oregon25-3473
88Jamestown (N.D.)24-4459
97Columbia (Mo.)26-3455
1010Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)24-5415
1111Grand View (Iowa)25-9402
1215Marian (Ind.)28-1371
1313Bellevue (Neb.)25-6348
1412Corban (Ore.)17-7347
1514Central Methodist (Mo.)27-3338
1617Concordia (Neb.)21-4306
1718Montana Tech22-6293
1822Oklahoma City28-1252
1918Providence (Mont.) (Mont.)19-6251
2023Lawrence Tech (Mich.)27-2250
2124Midland (Neb.)17-9195
2220Dordt (Iowa)18-9142
2324Hope International (Calif.)18-8130
24NRLewis-Clark State (Idaho)20-8117
2521College of Idaho15-10112

Others receiving votes: Embry-Riddle (Ariz.) 102, Reinhardt (Ga.) 89, Westmont (Calif.) 85, Trinity Christian (Ill.) 75, Rocky Mountain (Mont.) 61, Saint Francis (Ind.) 50, Saint Mary (Neb.) 23, Vanguard (Calif.) 19, Thomas More (Ky.) Saint Mary (Kan.) 5, Dakota State (S.D.) 3, Xavier (La.) 3