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Skylights keep winning

 

October 9, 2013

Lindsay Brown

Montana State University-Northern senior Abby Nicholas hits a serve during a Frontier Conference volleyball match last month in Havre. The Skylights host UGF on Thursday night.

The Montana State University-Northern volleyball team has yet to be beat in Frontier Conference play. In fact, the Skylights went the entire month of September without losing a match.

But even after beating Frontier contenders Montana Tech and Carroll College this past weekend, on the road, Northern, and the rest of the Frontier for that matter, are finding it hard to get any national respect.

Despite moving to 7-0 in league play, and 16-4 overall, the Skylights actually lost ground in this week’s NAIA Coaches Poll. Northern dropped from receiving 80 votes last week, to just 35 votes this week.

The Skylights are still rated No. 1 in this week’s Frontier Conference Power rankings, with Rocky Mountain College second. The Battlin’ Bears also received votes in this week’s NAIA poll, but both the Skylights and Bears are now farther off from cracking the NAIA Top 25 as the Frontier reaches the halfway point this weekend.

Northern is home to face rival Great Falls on Thursday night. The rivalry match will begin at 7 p.m. inside the Armory Gymnasium.

NAIA Volleyball Coaches Poll

Rnk. Prv. Rec. Pts.

1 1 Concordia (Calif.) (23) 14-0 653

2 2 Texas at Brownsville 16-0 632

3 3 Biola (Calif.) 14-0 611

4 4 Madonna (Mich.) 25-0 590

5 6 Northwestern (Iowa) 23-1 557

6 5 MidAmerica Nazarene 17-1 555

7 7 Midland (Neb.) 23-2 533

8 9 Park (Mo.) 20-2 493

9 12 Oklahoma Baptist 19-4 472

10 11 Eastern Oregon 19-2 460

11 8 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 21-1 447

12 14 Embry-Riddle (Fla.) 11-6 407

13 T16 The Master's (Calif.) 14-3 387

14 13 Bellevue (Neb.) 22-5 370

15 T16 Dordt (Iowa) 15-4 365

16 10 Westmont (Calif.) 14-4 343

17 15 Missouri Baptist 19-1 336

18 20 Vanguard (Calif.) 13-5 286

19 23 Grand View (Iowa) 16-9 251

20 21 Wayland Baptist (Texas) 19-3 248

21 19 Concordia (Ore.) 14-4 225

22 22 Columbia (Mo.) 13-4 197

23 18 Georgetown (Ky.) 19-6 192

24 RV Davenport (Mich.) 16-6 171

25 25 Cal State San Marcos 19-8 140

Others receiving votes: Hastings (Neb.) 99; Trinity Christian (Ill.) 92; Viterbo (Wis.) 69; Indiana Wesleyan 44; Cornerstone (Mich.) 39; Spring Hill (Ala.) 37; Montana State-Northern 35; Bryan (Tenn.) 23; Rocky Mountain (Mont.) 15; Menlo (Calif.) 6; Campbellsville (Ky.) 5; Jamestown (N.D.) 5; College of the Ozarks (Mo.) 3.

 

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