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Rocky Mountain College, Providence ranked in NAIA top 25 preseason volleyball poll

Posted: 1:19 PM, Aug 14, 2019
Updated: 2019-08-14 15:19:24-04
Arunas Duda

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Rocky Mountain College and the University of Providence are both ranked in the NAIA Women's Volleyball Coaches' Preseason Poll, which was announced this week.

The Battlin' Bears, who won the 2018 regular-season title, are ranked 13th to start the 2019 campaign. Rocky went 2-1 in pool play at the NAIA national tournament last year before losing to Southern Oregon in the first round of bracket play. Rocky, which was ranked second in the Frontier Conference preseason poll, is debuting first-year head coach Yang Yang this fall after longtime coach Laurie Kelly retired.

Providence, which topped the Frontier preseason poll after winning the conference tournament last year, is ranked 21st in the NAIA preseason poll. The Argos were 1-2 in pool play at the national tournament, failing to qualify for bracket play. Head coach Arunas Duda and his team are attempting to take incremental steps to improve on last year's finish .

No other Frontier Conference teams received votes in the NAIA top 25.

Defending national champion Park (Mo.) received all 18 first-place votes to top the rankings. Columbia (Mo.), Grand View (Iowa), Missouri Baptist and Viterbo (Wis.) complete the top five.

To view the complete NAIA top 25, please click here .