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The No. 18 Montana Tech volleyball team downed Montana Western in straight sets on Thursday evening to move to 15-2 on the season.

They also have now won seven-straight matches.

The Orediggers took the sets 25-17, 25-21, 25-16 to drop the Bulldogs to 7-9 (0-3 Frontier Conference) on the year. Montana Tech is now 3-0 in the conference and will put that unblemished record on the line when they visit No. 23 Rocky Mountain on Saturday.

Having already beat No. 16 Providence 3-1 in Great Falls on Sept. 19, the Orediggers have a case to say they might be the best team in Frontier so far this season.

Karina Mickelson had 14 kills and 16 digs in the win over the Bulldogs while Maureen Jessop had 12 kills on 20 total attacks. She also had two errors.

Sabrina Hopcroft had 16 digs to tie for the team-lead in that stat with Mickelson. McKenna Kaelber had 37 assists

Montana Tech had six total blocks as a team and hit .176 for the game. Montana Western hit just .017 percent. 

The Bulldogs got off to strong starts in each of the first two sets — and actually led 6-1 at one point during the second — but a mid-to-early set rally each time helped the Orediggers push past Western.

The first set was a back-and-forth affair, but Tech went on a 6-0 run to make the score 14-7. Western would get it back to 22-16, but the Orediggers were able to stretch it out.

Madison Richtmyer had 15 assists six digs for the Bulldogs. Cady Siemion led Western in digs with 12 and also tacked on three kills. Morgan Stenger and Abbee Croninger tied for the team lead in kills with five apiece. Richtmyer also had two aces.

The loss was the Bulldogs third straight. Western hosts Lewis-Clark State on Saturday in Straugh Gymnasium as part of the Bulldogs' homecoming festivities.

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