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Rocky Mountain College secures at-large bid to NAIA National Tournament

Posted at 5:31 PM, Nov 12, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-13 14:02:31-05

BILLINGS –  Late-November competition seems to be right in the wheelhouse for Rocky Mountain College’s volleyball women. And here they come again.

The No. 9-ranked Battlin’ Bears on Monday received an at-large selection to the 2018 NAIA Volleyball National Championship. It’s their sixth trip in seven years under head coach Laurie Kelly.

Rocky posted an overall record of 28-4 with a perfect 12-0 Frontier Conference mark. However, Saturday’s tournament championship loss to Providence left the Bears to rely on an at-large selection in place of an automatic conference qualifier.

Rocky leads the nation in digs per game, ranks third nationally in blocks per game, and fifth in total blocks among NAIA teams.

As one of the top 19 seeds, the Battlin’ Bears earn an opening-round bye instead of being faced into a campus-site play-in match. The National Championship runs Nov. 27-Dec.1 in Sioux City, Iowa. Rocky’s opponent will be decided upon the conclusion of the opening round on Nov. 17.