HENDERSON, Tenn. – Nada Meawad's 12-kill, 14-dig double-double led to fourth-ranked Park University's fifth American Midwest Conference win of the season, Saturday, as the Pirates rolled in three sets over Freed-Hardeman University – 25-15, 25-16, 25-18 – in Henderson, Tennessee.
Now 16-2, Park had 31 assists from Danna Gomes, while Amanda Santos had 11 digs in the starting lineup and starting libero Celina Monteiro had 19 digs to lead all defenders. Aneisha Ford was Park's leader at the net, blocking three balls, but she had a scare in the third set, going down hard near one of the standards on the floor, remaining down before coming off the floor on her own power.
"Aneisha going down like that was a scare, and it was a definite sigh of relief to see her walk off on her own," said Park coach Mike Talamantes. "Other than that, I think it was just another solid match for us where we took care of business. I'm happy with the road trip, and we got a couple of good conference wins."
Alex Britt led Freed-Hardeman (4-10, 2-4 AMC) with eight kills and 10 digs.
Freed-Hardeman began the match eyeing and upset, leading 4-1 after a kill for Claire Walker and an attacking error on Ford. Park regrouped to tie the first set and eventually led by four, 13-9, answered by a 3-0 run for the Lady Lions that had FHU back within one. That's as close as Freed-Hardeman would get in the first, as Park outscored the Lady Lions 12-3 over the final 15 points, taking the first set with Katherine Dudra at the line, resulting in a kill for Nada Meawad, from Gomes, to win 25-15.
The Pirates started the second on an 11-0 run and never looked back, going up 2-0 in the match by winning 25-16. Park didn't trail in either the second or third sets, winning the third 25-18, using a late 4-0 run to reach match point, where Dudra put away a kill to extend a 24-18 lead, winning the set and match by seven to stay in a first-place tie with Missouri Baptist and William Woods, which both finished the weekend unbeaten in the AMC.
Park has three matches next week, beginning Thursday at home, at 7 p.m., against Baker University on the Pirate Sports Network at www.parkathletics.tv. Two conference matches are also slated for next week, both on the road, Friday at St. Louis College of Pharmacy and Saturday at Lindenwood University—Belleville.