Oredigger volleyball team jumps into Top 25 Poll

Oredigger volleyball team jumps into Top 25 Poll

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) announced the first regular season Women’s Volleyball Coaches Top 25 Poll of 2019 Wednesday. The Montana Tech Orediggers jumped into No. 18 after starting unranked in the preseason poll.

The Orediggers finished 12-2 in the initial non-conference portion of their schedule including defeating teams ranked in the Top 25 or receiving votes. Montana Tech went undefeated at the Big Sky Volleyball Challenge hosted at the Butte Civic Center where they downed than-ranked No. 12 College of Idaho.

Montana Tech was one of four teams to enter the national poll after starting the season unranked. Indiana Wesleyan entered the poll at No. 4, Oklahoma City at No. 24, and College of Saint Mary (Neb.) tied at No. 25.

Other Frontier Conference schools in the poll includes Providence moving up to No. 16 after initially sitting at No. 21 in the preseason poll. Now-No. 23, Rocky Mountain College fell ten spots from No. 13 in the previous poll.

Montana Tech rests this week before starting the Frontier Conference schedule. The Orediggers travel to Great Falls to face No. 16 Providence next Thursday.

Top 25 Poll

RANK LAST TIME SCHOOL [FIRST PLACE VOTES] RECORD POINTS
1 4 Missouri Baptist [11] 11-3 577
2 7 Northwestern (Iowa) [9] 12-0 564
3 1 Park (Mo.) [3] 8-1 557
4 NR Indiana Wesleyan 12-0 536
5 6 Southern Oregon 11-1 524
6 5 Viterbo (Wis.) 13-3 473
7 3 Grand View (Iowa) 6-5 463
8 10 Eastern Oregon 11-1 451
9 8 Midland (Neb.) 8-3 439
10 9 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 8-2 438
11 19 Corban (Ore.) 5-3 382
12 2 Columbia (Mo.) 6-2 376
13 20 Jamestown (N.D.) 10-2 366
14 22 Bellevue (Neb.) 10-3 323
14 17 Central Methodist (Mo.) 11-2 323
16 21 Providence (Mont.) (Mont.) 9-1 322
17 23 Westmont (Calif.) 10-2 315
18 NR Montana Tech 12-2 261
19 11 Dordt (Iowa) 8-4 250
20 12 College of Idaho 6-3 232
21 18 Vanguard (Calif.) 10-2 205
22 24 Marian (Ind.) 10-0 196
23 13 Rocky Mountain (Mont.) 8-4 195
24 NR Oklahoma City 8-1 114
25 NR College of Saint Mary (Neb.) 15-3 112
25 15 The Master’s (Calif.) 6-5 112

Others receiving votes: Saint Francis (Ind.) 84, Morningside (Iowa) 71, Lawrence Tech (Mich.) 46, Evangel (Mo.) 43, Embry-Riddle (Ariz.) 35, Reinhardt (Ga.) 28, Ottawa (Kan.) 20, SAGU (Texas) 11, Aquinas (Mich.) 10, Doane (Neb.) 3



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