Diggers move up to No. 17

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Montana Tech’s volleyball team is on the move again.

The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) announced the fourth Women’s Volleyball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll of the 2021 season today, and the Orediggers moved up two spots to No. 17.

The Orediggers (15-5, 3-2) went 3-1 since the last poll was released two weeks ago. Tech had three convincing sweeps of Carroll College, Montana Western, and MSU-Northern. The loss came at the hands of Rocky Mountain in a 3-2 battle in Billings.

No. 9 Providence remained in the same spot they held in the previous national poll. The Argos (16-2, 5-0) have not lost a match since falling to No. 8 Bellevue at the beginning of September.

The Orediggers face tough competition this weekend at the Grand View Tournament in Des Moines, Iowa. The upcoming opponents are all ranked or receiving votes. The weekend schedule includes No. 2 Viterbo (Wis.), No. 19 Columbia (Mo.), No. 24 Grand View (Iowa), and (RV) Ottawa (Kan.).

After the Grand View Tournament, the Orediggers wrap up the season with the second half of the Frontier Conference schedule. Three of the last five matches are at home before the Frontier Conference Tournament in Helena on Nov. 12-13.

11Jamestown (N.D.) [17]21-0588
22Viterbo (Wis.) [4]25-1574
34Missouri Baptist16-2548
45Park (Mo.)17-2518
56Corban (Ore.)19-0515
63Midland (Neb.)18-3501
77Marian (Ind.)24-0487
88Bellevue (Neb.)16-3464
99Providence (Mont.)16-2436
1011Central Methodist (Mo.)19-3410
1110College of Saint Mary (Neb.)18-3400
1212Life (Ga.)21-1393
1313Eastern Oregon16-5366
1415Northwestern (Iowa)12-6345
1513Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.)16-5320
1618Dordt (Iowa)12-5294
1719Montana Tech15-5256
1817Taylor (Ind.)22-4240
1922Columbia (Mo.)20-4234
2020Ottawa (Ariz.)15-2232
2116Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)16-4216
2221Indiana Wesleyan14-3196
23NRDoane (Neb.)18-5186
2424Grand View (Iowa)13-10145
2525Embry-Riddle (Ariz.)17-5140

Dropped from the Poll: Concordia (Neb.)

Receiving Votes: Bushnell (Ore.) 104, Concordia (Neb.) 80, Wayland Baptist (Texas) 52, Mount Vernon Nazarene (Ohio) 33, Saint Xavier (Ill.) 27, Hastings (Neb.) 26, Dakota State (S.D.) 18, Westmont (Calif.) 13, Indiana Tech 9, Bethel (Ind.) 8, Texas Wesleyan 7, IU South Bend (Ind.) 6, Loyola (La.) 5, Ottawa (Kan.) 5, Our Lady of the Lake (Texas) 5, Columbia International (S.C.) 3, Campbellsville (Ky.) 3