WHITEFISH — Defending conference tournament champion University of Providence received four of the seven first-place votes and is the favorite of the Frontier Conference volleyball coaches to win the conference title in 2019.

In the poll released on Monday, Providence (34 points) edged defending regular-season champion Rocky Mountain College (31) by three points. The Battlin' Bears received three first-place votes.

Providence went 23-11 a year ago. Rocky was 30-6.

Montana Tech (26) was picked to finish third, followed by Carroll College (21), Lewis-Clark State (18), MSU-Northern (nine) and Montana Western (eight).

Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own teams. First place was worth six points in the balloting and went down to one point for sixth.

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