BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – Nada Meawad's 14-kill, 14-dig double-double came with four blocks and a pair of service aces, late Friday afternoon, as No. 4 Park took down Ottawa in consecutive sets – 25-15, 25-21, 25-19 – at the Baker Invitational in Baldwin City, Kansas. 

 

Park is now 9-1 after beating Ottawa (6-5) for a second time this season, getting another double-digit offensive effort from Katherine Dudra, while Celina Monteiro led four in double figures on the back row with 20 digs. Maren Mair also aided the Park defense, matching Meawad's four blocks, while Danna Gomes' 41 assists help Park hit nearly .300 in the match.

 

On the other side of the net, Ottawa was limited to less than .093 hitting, going without a double-figure attacker. Libero Liz Heit had the Braves' best stat line with 13 digs and an ace in the match.

 

"We played a pretty complete match and beat a good team," said Park coach Mike Talamantes. "Danna did a good job all day getting the ball to the right place, and our pin hitters did their job putting away a lot of balls. We hit efficiently, and our blocking is getting a lot better. The numbers showed that today."

 

Meawad had a pair of kills in the first five points of a match, helping Park to a 4-1 lead, and although Ottawa went on a 4-0 run to take a 5-4 lead, the Pirates found themselves up 19-11 late, after a kill by Maren Mair, whose kill was part of a 7-2 run that helped extend what was a 12-10 lead. Ottawa was able to trim the lead back to six, 21-15, but Park ended on a 4-0 run, getting two kills from Dudra and blocks from Gomes and Aneisha Ford to take a 1-0 lead in the match.

 

The Braves stayed with the Pirates in the second, using a 4-0 run to tie the set at 16, but Park was able to get the lead back to four points, at set point, when Mair connected on another kill to make it 24-20, setting up Ford's set-winner, a kill from Gomes that made it 25-21.

 

The third was all Park after Ottawa scored the first two points, and the Pirates split a 4-all tie with an 8-2 run over the next 10 points, going in front 12-6 on a Ford kill. Park kept its lead at five or better through most of the third, but Ottawa did get it to three points five times, including late in the set when Taylor Fortner issued a kill to make it 20-17.

 

Ottawa made its last attempt at extending the match when Mair was blocked by Kenna Hall and Makayla Aspegren to make it 21-19, but that block was the Braves' last point, as Park ended on a 4-0 run, finishing on three-straight attack errors for the Braves, one of which came on a block by Mair and Meawad to help close the 25-19 win.

 

Park's varsity portion of the weekend wraps up Saturday in Baldwin City, with a 10 a.m., match against Bethany College, which will feature live stats, and a 4 p.m., finale against Haskell Indian Nations University. The reserve team plays Sunday under a revised schedule, playing three times against teams from Graceland University and once against tournament host Central Methodist in Fayette, Missouri.