KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Danna Gomes had one of the best four-match setting stretches in the history of the Park University women's volleyball program Friday and Saturday, and Tuesday, she was named NAIA National Setter of the Week, a day after earning the same setting award in the American Midwest Conference.
Gomes had 170 assists last week, more than 13 per set, and she also posted 10 or more digs in three of Park's four wins, her best setting match coming in her only non-double-double, a four-set win over Graceland, where she had 48 assists against the Yellowjackets.
"Danna is our quarterback," said Park coach Mike Talamantes. "We are very efficient on offense, right now, and that's with a lot of newcomers in attacking positions, so she's got to really be on to bring our offense together. She's done that, and the chemistry we're building has a lot to do with the way she's played this year."
Gomes had Park hitting .314 on the week, while her defense helped Park hold opponents to .124 attacking, averaging 3.54 digs per set. Monday's award was Gomes' fifth AMC weekly award in her career.
On the year, Gomes leads the American Midwest Conference with 11 assists per set, while her total of 441 assists sits second among AMC setters. Nationally, she's sixth in assists per set, and has Park hitting .276, the fifth-best hitting percentage, nationally, among NAIA volleyball teams.
Park is ranked fourth in the NAIA Volleyball Coaches' Top 25 Poll and 11-1 on the year. The Pirates have won seven-consecutive matches, and Friday, the American Midwest Conference portion of the 2017 schedule begins at 5:30 p.m., when No. 4 Park hosts Hannibal-LaGrange University on the Pirate Sports Network at www.parkathletics.tv.