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 ||11-3||577|
|2||7||Northwestern (Iowa) ||12-0||564|
|3||1||Park (Mo.) ||8-1||557|
|7||3||Grand View (Iowa)||6-5||463|
|10||9||Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)||8-2||438|
|14||17||Central Methodist (Mo.)||11-2||323|
|16||21||Providence (Mont.) (Mont.)||9-1||322|
|20||12||College of Idaho||6-3||232|
|23||13||Rocky Mountain (Mont.)||8-4||195|
|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