Tech volleyball moves up to tie for No. 21

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Montana Tech moved into a tie at No. 21 in the latest 2015 Tachikara-NAIA Volleyball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll. The Orediggers (13-6, 1-1) are tied with Hastings (Nebraska) who Tech lost to earlier this year in five sets at the Five Points Bank Tournament.

The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences and the Association of Independent Institutions. The Top 25 is determined by a points system based on how each voter ranks the best teams.

Montana Tech split last weekend. The Orediggers opened the Frontier Conference season in Billings last week against No. 6 Rocky Mountain. The Orediggers took the Battlin’ Bears to four sets before falling short. On Saturday, Tech hosted perennial powerhouse Lewis-Clark State in the home conference opener. The Orediggers shut down the Warriors and sent them home after a 3-0 sweep.

The Orediggers start a month long road campaign this week when they travel to Montana State Northern Thursday.

2015 Tachikara-NAIA Volleyball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll – No. 3 (Sept. 22)

11Biola (Calif.) (16)12-0557
22Viterbo (Wis.) (4)13-0545
33Missouri Baptist14-1524
44Midland (Neb.)15-0506
55Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)14-3484
66Rocky Mountain (Mont.)12-4470
77Eastern Oregon11-1453
88Southern Oregon13-0434
9T9Evangel (Mo.)16-0412
10T9Vanguard (Calif.)9-4393
1111Northwestern (Iowa)14-3382
1212Columbia (Mo.)10-4368
1313Coastal Georgia13-1334
1414Dordt (Iowa)11-1330
15T16Madonna (Mich.)12-3295
1618Westmont (Calif.)11-2292
1715Georgetown (Ky.)12-2250
18RVConcordia (Neb.)14-3231
1919Park (Mo.)7-4210
2021Wayland Baptist (Texas)13-3197
T2123Montana Tech13-6186
T2120Hastings (Neb.)10-6186
23RVMidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.)11-6171
2424Doane (Neb.)10-6108
25RVThe Master’s (Calif.)11-592

Dropped from the Top 25: Indiana Wesleyan (No. 16); Grand View (Iowa) (No. 22); Great Falls (Mont.) (No. 25).

Others receiving votes: Mount Vernon Nazarene (Ohio) 82; Carroll (Mont.) 69; Indiana Wesleyan 66; Grand View (Iowa) 57; Cornerstone (Mich.) 46; Oklahoma City 43; Great Falls (Mont.) 40; St. Thomas (Fla.) 34; Cumberlands (Ky.) 14; Ottawa (Kan.) 12; Mobile (Ala.) 11; Jamestown (N.D.) 10; Cardinal Stritch (Wis.) 10; College of Idaho 7; Our Lady of the Lake (Texas) 7; Bellevue (Neb.) 5; Davenport (Mich.) 3.

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