Montana Tech had a strong showing in all athletics this weekend. The Digger football team downed #1 Southern Oregon and the volleyball team earned a pair conference wins against Montana State University Northern and University of Montana Western. Both Tech men's and women's basketball teams had strong showings, and the hockey club bounced back from a loss against the University of Wyoming with a win against Utah State University.
Digger Football Defeats No. 1 SOU
With quarterback Andrew Loudenback facilitating the offense, the Digger football team narrowly edged #1 ranked Southern Oregon University for the 21-17 win in Ashland, OR. on November 7. Loudenback connected with Sean Sullivan and Clay Cavender on separate occasions to score two touchdowns with 9 for 18 passing. Strong runs from Nolan Saraceni and Zach Bunney lead the Digger offense. The Digger defense was lead by strong showings from Gunnar Kayser, Luke Benz and Tyler Gavlak.
The only team standing in the way of Tech's eminent Frontier conference title is the University of Montana Western. Tech will battle the Western Bulldogs at Bob Green Field this Saturday, November 14.
Digger Volleyball Earns Back-to-Back Conference Wins
Montana Tech volleyball defeated conference foe Montana State University Northern in straight sets on November 5, 25-16, 25-21, 25-11. Sydney Norris had 20 kills for the Diggers, while Jordan Danz added 10. The Diggers continued their winning ways on Saturday November 7 with a 3-1 win over Montana State University Western, 25-16, 21-25, 25-18, 25-19. Sydney Norris again lead the Diggers in kills with 15, followed by Bailie Cortner with 13. Cortner also pitched in six blocks for Tech.
Montana Tech will head to Helena next weekend for the Frontier Conference Tournament.
Digger Men's, Women's Basketball Earn Wins
Tech's Men's basketball team earned a win this weekend against Yellowstone Christian College. The Diggers defeated the YCC Centurions 113-76. Cruz Ginns Jr. lead the Diggers in scoring with 26 points, while Jalen Coates, Lukas Vining and Paul Engstrom followed behind, pitching in 20, 17 and 17 points, respectively.
The Diggers improve their record to 5-0 on the season and return to the hardwood this weekend at the University of Houston in an exhibition contest.
The Lady Diggers had an impressive showing this weekend as well, defeating St. Thomas University 83-73 on November 6. Backed by strong offensive performances from Sammy McGree, Shayla Mack, Callee Remsen and Hattie Thatcher, the Diggers improve their record to 4-1 overall. They return to the hardwood this weekend at Dickinson State.
Tech Hockey Bounces Back, Defeats Utah State
The Montana Tech hockey team recovered from a 3-7 loss against the University of Wyoming in the Diggers' home opener to defeat Utah State University the following night. Backed by a strong showing from goalie Alex Caravaggio, who got his third shutout of the season, the Diggers improved their record to 7-1. Tech hockey returns to the ice this weekend in another double-header against Western Washington and Portland State.