(Editor's note: Montana Tech media release)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The NAIA announced that Montana Tech's Sabrina Hopcroft is the NAIA National Defender of the Week.
Hopcroft, a 5-foot-7 senior libero, helped lead the Orediggers to a 2-0 record this week and the top seed going into the Frontier Conference Tournament in Great Falls this weekend. The Orediggers downed Carroll College 3-1 and swept Lewis-Clark State to finish the regular season.
Hopcroft averaged 10.14 digs per set over the two matches. Hopcroft recorded 53 digs in four sets against Carroll, breaking a school record.
The national honor is the second for the Orediggers this year and in the past two weeks. McKenna Kaelber received the national award as a setter last week.
No. 17 Montana Tech receives a bye in the first round of the conference tournament, which starts Friday. The Orediggers will play the lowest seed left in the tournament in the semifinals on Saturday.