Diggers move up to No. 17

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.

RANK LAST TIME SCHOOL [FIRST-PLACE VOTES] RECORD POINTS
1 1 Jamestown (N.D.) [17] 21-0 588
2 2 Viterbo (Wis.) [4] 25-1 574
3 4 Missouri Baptist 16-2 548
4 5 Park (Mo.) 17-2 518
5 6 Corban (Ore.) 19-0 515
6 3 Midland (Neb.) 18-3 501
7 7 Marian (Ind.) 24-0 487
8 8 Bellevue (Neb.) 16-3 464
9 9 Providence (Mont.) 16-2 436
10 11 Central Methodist (Mo.) 19-3 410
11 10 College of Saint Mary (Neb.) 18-3 400
12 12 Life (Ga.) 21-1 393
13 13 Eastern Oregon 16-5 366
14 15 Northwestern (Iowa) 12-6 345
15 13 Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) 16-5 320
16 18 Dordt (Iowa) 12-5 294
17 19 Montana Tech 15-5 256
18 17 Taylor (Ind.) 22-4 240
19 22 Columbia (Mo.) 20-4 234
20 20 Ottawa (Ariz.) 15-2 232
21 16 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 16-4 216
22 21 Indiana Wesleyan 14-3 196
23 NR Doane (Neb.) 18-5 186
24 24 Grand View (Iowa) 13-10 145
25 25 Embry-Riddle (Ariz.) 17-5 140

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



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