For the Frontier's volleyball squads, a ticket to the NAIA National Tournament will be awarded in Butte this weekend.
The six match, single elimination Frontier Conference Volleyball will be held at the HPER Complex on the campus of Montana Tech on Friday and Saturday. The tournament winner will receive an automatic bid to Nationals.
Three opening round matches will be held on Friday and two semifinals and the championship match will take place on Saturday.
Rocky Mountain College, the top Frontier seed and currently ranked at No. 8 in the NAIA Top 25 Coaches' Poll, will enjoy a first round bye and play the lowest remaining seed from Friday's matches in an 11 a.m. Saturday semifinal. The Battlin' Bears will carry a perfect 12-0 conference record into the tournament.
Because of its Top 10 national ranking, Rocky Mountain still has a legitimate chance to receive an at-large bid to Nationals even if the Battlin' Bears don't secure the Frontier Tournament title.
No. 2 conference seed University of Providence will play No. 7 seed MSU-Northern on Friday at 5 p.m. The Argos are the only other NAIA ranked team in the Frontier Conference, currently sitting at No. 20.
Montana Tech, the defending Frontier Tournament champions, will head into the weekend as the conference's No. 3 team and square off against No. 6 seed Montana Western on Friday at 7 p.m. After dropping six-straight matches during the middle of this season and falling out of the NAIA rankings, the Orediggers went on to win four of their final five regular season matches and finish at 8-4 in conference play.
No. 4 seed Lewis-Clark State and No. 5 seed Carroll College will open the tournament on Friday with a 2 p.m. match. Both teams ended the season at 6-6 in the Frontier.
With the lowest remaining seed from Friday's matches set to face Rocky Mountain in one semifinal, the two highest remaining seeds will face off in the other semifinal at 5 p.m. The championship match will take place at 7 p.m.
The NAIA National Tournament will take place Nov. 27 through Dec. 1 at the Tyson Events Center in Sioux City, Iowa.