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Skylights move up one spot in new NAIA Poll

 

November 13, 2013

Daniel Horton

Montana State University-Northern senior Abby Nicholas, right, goes for a block during last Friday night's match against RMC in Havre. The Skylights are ranked No. 24 in the NAIA this week.

The Montana State University-Northern volleyball team clinched the coveted Frontier Conference regular season championship Friday night. Tuesday, Northern rose one spot in the NAIA Coaches Poll.

The Skylights (24-5) moved up to No. 24 in this week’s poll, and ahead of the upcoming Frontier Conference Tournament, which runs Thursday through Saturday in Great Falls. Northern is still the only Frontier team ranked inside the Top 25, though the Rocky Mountain College Battlin’ Bears moved up several spots in the new poll, even with Friday night’s loss at MSU-N. The Bears, with a strong showing at this weekend’s tournament, have put themselves in position to receive an at-large berth to the NAIA national tournament, as has MSU-N pending the outcome this weekend in Great Falls.

In the final Frontier Power Rankings for the regular season, Northern was first, followed by RMC. Lewis-Clark State is third, followed by Westminster, Carroll College, Montana Tech, Great Falls, UM-Western and Dickinson State.

LC State’s Niurka Toribio was named Frontier Conference Volleyball Player of the Week Monday. Erin Jensen was Northern’s nominee.

NAIA Coaches Poll

Rn. Prv. Rec. Pts.

1 1 Texas at Brownsville 31-0 622

2 2 Concordia (Calif.) 21-2 591

3 3 Biola (Calif.) 21-2 582

4 4 Madonna (Mich.) 35-0 573

5 5 Northwestern (Iowa) 33-1 543

6 6 Midland (Neb.) 32-3 520

7 7 Oklahoma Baptist 30-5 489

8 8 MidAmerica Nazarene 24-2 480

9 9 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 34-2 469

10 10 Vanguard (Calif.) 20-6 443

11 12 Park (Mo.) 31-4 397

12 13 Columbia (Mo.) 25-9 396

13 16 Dordt (Iowa) 22-6 366

14 14 Westmont (Calif.) 20-7 362

15 17 Georgetown (Ky.) 29-9 343

16 11 The Master's (Calif.) 17-7 325

17 18 Bellevue (Neb.) 32-8 283

18 19 Embry-Riddle (Fla.) 19-9 279

19 15 Wayland Baptist 29-5 261

20 21 Davenport (Mich.) 31-9 243

21 22 Grand View (Iowa) 27-13 205

22 23 College of Idaho 16-9 195

23 20 Cornerstone (Mich.) 25-10 165

24 25 MSU-Northern 24-5 162

25 24 Eastern Oregon 25-5 136

Others receiving votes: Spring Hill (Ala.) 120; Rocky Mountain (Mont.) 68; Viterbo (Wis.) 59; Missouri Baptist 57; Cal State San Marcos 48; Evangel (Mo.) 29; Hastings (Neb.) 26; Indiana Wesleyan 23; Bryan (Tenn.) 17; Trinity Christian (Ill.) 12; Concordia (Ore.) 10; Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) 5; Campbellsville (Ky.) 4.

 

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