ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Oscar Tuero led the Pirates' offense with 28 kills, while his teammate, Daniel Arteaga, had 18 kills in the match. Milos Trivunic assisted 51 kills for the Pirates' offense. No. 3 seed Park University men's volleyball team fell to No. 1 seed Grand View University 3-2 (25-22, 22-25, 25-20, 19-25, 15-11). The Vikings' Pedro Cardoso led the offense with 19 kills, while his teammate, Tim Johnson had 17 kills. The Vikings' Alfredo Batista assisted 51 kills for Grand View's offense.
Through the first set, the Pirates stayed within two-points from the Vikings. Trivunic had a soft tip over the net, to tie the set up 11-11. Later in the set, Murilo Pereira and Oscar Tuero had a double block at the net, to trail Grand View 19-18. Arteaga was able to tie the set up 20-20 apiece, with a kill. The Vikings' Sakir Pasha got the set point with a solo block, to win the set 25-22.
In set two, Mario Lucas had two back-to-back kills to put Park up 6-4 over Grand View. Later in the set, the Vikings' offense sent a free ball over the net; Pereira tied the set up 15-15, with a kill after the free ball. The Vikings and Pirates tied the set up three more times, before Park's Arteaga had a block and then a kill right in a row. After Arteaga's two points, the Pirates led the Vikings 23-21. Park won the set by the Vikings' John Chamone attacking error. The Pirates won set two 25-22 over the Vikings, tying the match up 1-1.
Victor Neves started the set off, with a service ace for Park. In the middle of the set, the Vikings went on a 3-0 run, to lead the Pirates 12-8. Tuero put an end to the Vikings' run, with a kill assisted by Trivunic. Towards the end of the set, Park went on a 2-0 spurt, to trail Grand View 19-15. The Vikings' Johnson got the set point, with a kill to win the set 25-20.
Leandro Sodre tied the set up with a kill, the Pirates and the Vikings were tied 8-8 apiece in the fourth set. Later in the set, Pereira and Arteaga both blocked Johnson's attack at the net. Park led Grand View 14-10, after the double block. The Pirates won the fourth set, by Cardoso's service error. Park won the set 25-19 over Grand View.
In the fifth set, the Vikings' offense led the Pirates 8-4. After switching sides, Park went on a 3-0 run, to trail Grand View 9-7. The Vikings' Savili Bartley got the set point with a kill, winning the set 15-11 over the Pirates. Grand View won the match 3-2.
The Pirates will be back in action Friday, April 21, as they take on No. 6 Lourdes University in their final pool play match in the 2017 NAIA Men's Volleyball National Invitational Tournament at Missouri Baptist University in St. Louis, Missouri. The match is set to start at 1 p.m. There will be live stats and live video available at www.parkathletics.tv.