Oredigger volleyball team ranked No. 20

Montana Tech’s fast start to the volleyball season has earned the Orediggers some national recognition.

Tech is ranked No. 20 in the first regular-season coaches’ Top 25 poll of 2015. This marks the first time the Orediggers have been ranked under head coach Brian Solomon, who is in his fourth season with the school.

Montana Tech, which is 11-2 after going 4-0 at the Kansas Wesleyn Labor Day Tournament, is one of three Frontier Conference teams ranked in the Top 25. Rocky Mountain College fell one spot to No. 5, while the University of Great Falls is ranked No. 24. Lewis-Clark State, which was ranked last time, received votes.

The Orediggers will play in a nonconference tournament this weekend in Hastings, Nebraska. Tech opens the conference season Sept. 17 at Rocky Mountain College. The Orediggers first home conference match is Sept. 19 against Lewis-Clark State.

2015 Tachikara-NAIA Volleyball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll – No. 1 (Sept. 8)

12Biola (Calif.) (12)8-0492
24Viterbo (Wis.) (6)9-0487
33Missouri Baptist9-1467
49Midland (Neb.)9-0447
57Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)10-3420
65Rocky Mountain (Mont.)10-4409
71Park (Mo.)3-2404
86Eastern Oregon6-1397
916Southern Oregon9-0360
108Vanguard (Calif.)6-4353
1118Evangel (Mo.)9-0323
1212Northwestern (Iowa)7-2315
1310Columbia (Mo.)4-4303
1420Coastal Georgia9-1280
1525Dordt (Iowa)7-1263
1611Georgetown (Ky.)5-1233
1715Madonna (Mich.)8-3232
1817Indiana Wesleyan8-2231
1922Hastings (Neb.)7-2225
20NRMontana Tech11-2187
21RVWestmont (Calif.)6-2177
2221Grand View (Iowa)6-3156
2319Wayland Baptist (Texas)9-3141
24NRGreat Falls (Mont.)11-3131
25NRDoane (Neb.)8-496

Dropped from the rankings: Davenport (Mich.) (No. 13), College of Idaho (No. 14), Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) (No. 23), Jamestown (N.D.) (No. 24).

Others receiving votes: Bellevue (Neb.) 92; The Master’s (Calif.) 86; College of Idaho 44; St. Thomas (Fla.) 40; St. Catharine (Ky.) 36; MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) 31; Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) 29; Cornerstone (Mich.) 25; Cardinal Stritch (Wis.) 17; Concordia (Neb.) 6; Jamestown (N.D.) 6; Davenport (Mich.) 3.

^Based off 2015 Preseason Coaches’ Poll (Aug. 18, 2015)

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