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LEWISTON, Idaho — Nationally ranked and No. 2-seeded Rocky Mountain College marched into the semifinals of the Frontier Conference women’s volleyball tournament Friday night with a sweep over seventh-seeded Montana State-Northern 25-8, 25-22, 26-24.

Junior outside hitter Sara Brunner helped provide the spark against the Skylights with her double-double of 13 kills and 15 digs. She also collected three aces.

The No. 18-ranked Battlin’ Bears, 23-6 overall, will confront third-seeded Carroll College, 21-10, in this afternoon’s semifinals. The winner will play in tonight’s championship match for the automatic berth to nationals.

Against Northern, Rocky trailed late in the second and third sets before rallying.

“The kids found a way,” Rocky coach Laurie Kelly said. “They know how to win.”

The Bears, who have won seven straight matches and 13 of their last 14, also received a double-double of 35 assists and 11 digs from setter Kristin Barott to go along with her three aces.

Ashley Welborn supplied 12 kills and Jamie Elenbaas added 11 digs to the Bears’ attack.

“We had 15, 15 and 18 kills (in the three sets) so I can’t be mad at our offense, but our defense, passing, and especially serve receive was not good tonight,” Kelly said. “That’s what we just talked about. We will be a better passing team tomorrow.”

Northern, 11-14, was led by the nine kills of Brittany Baker and the 13 digs of Karyssa Bowron.

If Rocky advances to the title match — set for 8 p.m. Mountain Time — it will be broadcast on KURL 93.3 FM in Billings and at

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