Montana Tech’s Hopcroft earns national award

Montana Tech’s Hopcroft earns national award
Montana Tech senior libero Sabrina Hopcroft receives a serve during the Oredigger win over Rocky Mountain College Saturday at the HPER Complex. (Butte Sports file photo)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) announced that Montana Tech’s Sabrina Hopcroft is the NAIA National Defender of the Week today.

Hopcroft, a 5-foot-7 senior libero, helped lead the Orediggers to a 2-0 record this week and the top-seed going into the Frontier Conference Tournament in Great Falls this weekend. The Orediggers downed Carroll College 3-1 and swept Lewis-Clark State to finish the regular season.

Hopcroft averaged 10.14 digs per set over the two matches. Hopcroft recorded 53 digs in four sets against Carroll breaking a school record.

The national honor is the second for the Orediggers this year and in the last two weeks. McKenna Kaelber received the national award as a setter last week.

No. 17 Montana Tech receives a bye in the first round of the conference tournament which starts Friday. The Orediggers will play the lowest seed left in the tournament in the semi-finals on Saturday.



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