LEWISTON, Idaho — No. 3-seeded Carroll College rallied from a two-game deficit Saturday afternoon to beat No. 2-seeded Rocky Mountain College 11-25, 25-27, 25-23, 25-20, 15-10 in the semifinals of the Frontier Conference women’s volleyball tournament.
But in the championship match later in the day, top-seeded and host Lewis Clark State swept past Carroll 25-20, 25-23, 25-16 to gain the conference’s automatic berth to the NAIA national tournament for the fourth straight year. L-C State, ranked 9th nationally, is 28-1 overall and riding a 20-match winning streak.
Rocky, ranked 18th nationally, concluded its regular season with a 23-7 record and will be hoping to secure an at-large berth to nationals.
The NAIA will announce its final regular-season Top 25 poll today, along with the automatic and at-large berths to the 31st national championship tournament.
The 36-team national tourney will include 12 first-round matches played on campus sites on Saturday. Those winners will join the 12 top seeds at the Tyson Events Center/Gateway Arena in Sioux City, Iowa Nov. 30-Dec. 4.
L-C State advanced to the Frontier title match by eliminating Westminster College 27-29, 25-20, 25-11, 34-32 in the semifinals.
Against Carroll, Rocky was led by the 16 kills and 27 digs of Sara Brunner. Jamie Elenbaas had 36 digs, Kristin Barott 51 assists and Jessica Overstreet 13 kills, 11 digs and seven blocks.
The Saints, 22-10, were spurred by the 16 kills of Haylee Otteson, 23 digs by Maureen Frauenholtz and five blocks by Markki Otteson.