Second-seeded Providence of Great Falls and fourth-seeded Lewis-Clark State were the first-round winners in the earlier matches Friday of the Frontier Conference college women’s volleyball tournament.
Both won on sweeps as Lewis-Clark State dispatched Carroll 25-18, 25-17, 25-21 and Providence aced Montana State-Northern 25-12, 25-16, 25-23 in the tourney at the Montana Tech HPER Complex.
Third-seeded Montana Tech played sixth-seeded Montana Western later Friday to complete the first round of the single-elimination competition. Top-seeded Rocky Mountain earned a bye through the first round and will play a semifinal-round match on Saturday at 11 a.m. against the lowest remaining seed.
Rachel Gregg and Olivia Jarvis pounded eight kills apiece to lead the Lewis-Clark State attack that saw Lauren West 33 assists. Gionni Brown had 15 digs.
Brielle Bumgarner belted eight kills for Carroll and Rayna Pilgeram put up 20 assists. Ayla Carpenter had 21 digs and the Saints’ ace. Carroll wound up with a winning record of 19-15 for the season. The No. 5-seeded Saints are coached by Butte native Maureen “Mo” (Tutty) Boyle.
Northern battled Providence to the end of the third set, but a floater fell in between Skylight defenders as the Argonauts accomplished the sweep over the No. 7-seeded Skylights.
Providence early and was led by Sydney Anderson with eight kills, Tymerie Vincelli with seven, and Averi Dyer with nine digs. The win improved the Argos’ record to 19-9.
MSU-Northern ended up 1-23 and was led in its finale by Emily Gutierrez with six kills and Butte High graduate Hannah Amtmann with 14 digs.
Lewis-Clark State and Providence both advance to the Saturday morning semifinals.