BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – Noura Meawad hit .706 with a team-best 12 kills, as fourth-ranked Park University benefitted from Danna Gomes' 41-assist, 13-dig double-double in the Pirates' three-set win at Baker University over Bethany College (25-11, 25-20, 25-11).
Aneisha Ford added 10 kills and a pair of blocks, while Katherine Dudra also had double figures offensively, going for 10 kills while hitting .389. Libero Celina Monteiro had a big match on the back row with 21 digs, her third-straight match of 20 or more digs.
Bethany (1-7) struggled to find any offensive rhythm, hitting .136, led by Azucena Duarte's seven kills.
"(Duarte) is a really good hitter and I thought we did a good job of taking her out of the equation for most of the match," said Park coach Mike Talamantes. "We were able to get a lot of people in to the match and rest players who have really done a lot of the work for us to this point, this week. It's good to be able to do that and get a solid win."
One of those that sat out for most of the match was leading attacker Nada Meawad, who had four kills in the first set and sat out the second and third.
The Pirates had nine of the first dozen points in the match, up 9-3 after an ace by Noura Meawad, and back-to-back kills mid-way through for Dudra made it 13-4. Park's lead reached double-digits when Kaci Crabtree fired an ace at Duarte, capping a 4-0 run, and the Pirates closed with three of the last four points, including Tijana Sisic's kill to win the set 25-11.
Bethany kept the second set close, as the Pirates never led by more than five, as Alissa Flint posted a kill to make it 15-10 before the Swedes got the next two points to trim the lead back to three. Natasha Fiame had Bethany back within two points late, as Park led 22-20, but the Pirates closed on a 3-0 run, and Dudra put away set point, a kill to win 25-20.
Park led 13-7 in the third after Christina Garcia scored for the Swedes, answered by Noura Meawad with a kill, starting a run that ultimately put the match away for the Pirates. Meawad's point was the first of nine-in-a-row for Park, as Ashley Warehime had two points near the end of the long stretch for the Pirates, a block and a kill to help Park get in front 22-7.
PARK 3, HASKELL 0 (25-15, 25-17, 25-20)
Danna Gomes (41 assists, 16 digs) and Nada Meawad (14 kills, 10 digs) posted a pair of double-doubles and Park University hit .352 as a team, beating Haskell Indian Nations University in three sets to close the 2017 Baker Invitational in Baldwin City.
The Pirates (11-1) also had nine kills and a pair of blocks from Maren Mair, who hit .529 in the match, while Meawad hit .419, and the Pirates were also able to insert five players off the bench in the win over the Indians, who were led by eight kills and .219 hitting from Krista Costa. As a team, Haskell hit .137, as Park's defense was led by Celina Monteiro, who finished with 22 digs, and Amanda Santos, who added 10 digs in the match.
Park's 10-point win in the opening frame set the tone for the match, and Park won the next two by a combined 13 points, escaping a narrow third set, 25-20.
The Pirates were able to limit Haskell hitting despite only four blocks, but the Piates were able to score five times from the service line, including a pair of service aces for Kaci Crabtree.
After Park's bout with Haskell in the afternoon session, the Pirates are off until Friday, Sept. 15, the team's home- and conference-opener at 5:30 p.m., against Hannibal-LaGrange University on the Pirate Sports Network at www.parkathletics.tv.