WHITEFISH -- Montana Tech will be the No. 1 seed in the upcoming Frontier Conference volleyball tournament. The league's postseason seeding was released on Sunday, after teams finished their regular-season contests over the weekend.
Montana Tech and the University of Providence actually shared the regular-season title, with each program finishing with a 9-3 Frontier Conference mark. But the league's tie-breaking procedure favored the Orediggers, which captured a third conference title in eight years under coach Brian Solomon. Montana Tech capped the regular season with five consecutive league victories.
With the No. 1 seed in the tournament, the Orediggers receive a bye in the opening round, which will begin Friday at the University of Providence's McLaughlin Center. Tech will face the lowest-remaining seed in the second round on Saturday.
The host Argos enter as the No. 2-seeded club, and will host MSU-Northern on Friday. Other first round matches will see third-seeded Rocky Mountain College face Montana Western, while Carroll and Lewis-Clark State also square off. The Warriors were in position to win the regular-season title, but dropped games to Carroll and Tech this weekend to fall to the No. 4 seed.
The schedule and first-round pairings for the 2019 Frontier Conference volleyball tournament can be found below.
2019 Frontier Conference volleyball tournament
Nov. 15-16 at University of Providence McLaughlin Center
No. 1 Montana Tech (24-6, 9-3) receives bye
No. 4 Lewis-Clark State College (20-10, 8-4) vs. No. 5 Carroll College 15-11, 6-6), 2 p.m.
No. 2 University of Providence 21-6, 9-3) vs. No. 7 MSU-Northern (6-19, 0-12), 5 p.m.
No. 3 Rocky Mountain College (18-12, 8-4) vs. No. 6 Montana Western (9-17, 2-10), 7 p.m.
Montana Tech vs. TBD, 11 a.m.
TBD semifinal, 1 p.m.
Championship scheduled for 7 p.m.