Tech’s Hopcroft receives Frontier Conference honor

Tech’s Hopcroft receives Frontier Conference honor
Montana Tech libero Sabrina Hopcroft waits for a serve during Tech's Oct. 18 home win over MSU-Northern. (Bill Foley photo)

WHITEFISH — Montana Tech libero Sabrina Hopcroft was named Frontier Conference Defender of the Week, the league announced today.

The 5-foot-7 Hopcroft helped the Oredigger volleyball team (14-14 overall, 6-4 conference) split a pair of road matches last week.

Tech beat Western in three sets in Dillon before heading to Billings for a four-set loss to No. 8 Rocky in Billings. Hopcroft, a junior from Florence, tallied 19 digs against the Bulldogs. She produced a season-high 41 digs at Rocky. She averaged 8.57 digs per set and also posted a 92 percent serving percentage.

The Orediggers are back in action Wednesday when they play host to Carroll College at the HPER Complex.

Butte High graduate Hannah Amtmann of MSU-Northern was also nominated along with Gionni Brown of Lewis-Clark State, Ayla Carpenter of Carroll College, Hailey Copinga of Rocky Mountain College, Averi Dyer of the University of Providence and Dylan Fowler of Montana Western.

Attacker of the Week: Sidney Andersen, the University of Providence
Anderson is a 6-foot-3 sophomore right side hitter from Placentia, California. No. 20 Providence went 1-1 on the road beating MSU-Northern 3-0 and losing to Carroll College 2-3. Andersen averaged 5.13 kills with a .301 hitting percentage.

Brielle Bumgarner of Carroll College, Abagale Croninger of Montana Western, Aubrey King of Lewis-Clark State, Masha Korol of Montana Tech, Olivia L’Ami of Rocky Mountain College and Jordan O’Connor of MSU-Northern were also nominated.

Setter of the Week: Lauren West, Lewis-Clark State College
West is a 5-foot-7, senior setter from San Diego, Calif. Lewis-Clark went 1-1 for the weekend losing at No. 8 Rocky Mountain 2-3 and winning at Montana Western 3-2. West averaged 9.56 assists and 2.33 digs per set. Against Rocky, she recorded a career-high 60 assists. Against Montana Western, she scored the match-winning kill.

Natalie Hilderman of Rocky Mountain College, Paige Jensen of the University of Providence, Hannah Liss of Montana Tech and McKaylie Tanner of MSU-Northern and Rayna Pilgeram of Carroll College were also nominated.

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