KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The 2019 volleyball season ended with Montana Tech ranked No. 17 in the NAIA.
Tech received the ranking as the NAIA final coaches’ poll was released Thursday. The Orediggers (28-7( are one of two Frontier Conference teams to be ranked. The University of Providence is No. 20.
Montana Tech started the season unranked and picked to finish third in the Frontier Conference preseason coaches’ poll. The Orediggers entered the poll at No. 18 in the first release of the national list in September and went as high as No. 16 during the regular season. Montana Tech stayed in the top 20 of the coaches’ poll throughout the entire season.
The Orediggers won their second regular season conference title this year under eighth-year head coach Brian Solomon. Solomon received the Frontier Conference Coach of the Year award for the third time.
The Orediggers reach Sioux City, Iowa and the NAIA Volleyball National Tournament for the third time in four years. Montana Tech placed two on the NAIA All-America teams in senior Sabrina Hopcroft and freshman Maureen Jessop.
2019 Women’s Volleyball Coaches’ Poll
|RANK||LAST TIME||SCHOOL [FIRST-PLACE VOTES]||RECORD||POINTS|
|1||11||Marian (Ind.) ||38-2||529|
|10||12||Central Methodist (Mo.)||33-4||371|
|11||10||Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)||32-6||358|
|12||13||Grand View (Iowa)||30-11||340|
|20||17||Providence (Mont.) (Mont.)||25-8||205|
|21||18||Lawrence Tech (Mich.)||32-4||175|
|23||20||College of Saint Mary (Neb.)||25-17||139|
Others receiving votes: Madonna (Mich.) 114, Midland (Neb.) 68, Ottawa (Kan.) 59, Xavier (La.) 33, IU Kokomo (Ind.) 26, Menlo (Calif.) 26, Saint Francis (Ind.) 18, Dordt (Iowa) 16, Martin Methodist (Tenn.) 15, Trinity Christian (Ill.) 9, Dakota State (S.D.) 7, Saint Mary (Kan.) 6