BELLEVILLE, Ill. – Nada Meawad's 20-kill, 12-dig double-double came with .425 hitting and Danna Gomes added another double with 44 assists and 10 digs, as fifth-ranked Park University took down Lindenwood University—Belleville to claim its seventh American Midwest Conference win of the season, improving to 18-2 – 25-15, 25-18, 25-19 – in Belleville, Illinois.
Lindenwood (13-12, 4-3 AMC) was limited to .183 hitting, led by its only truly efficient hitter on the night, Lauren English, who posted eight kills on 15 swings without an error to hit .533. For the most part, though, Park's back row was hard to get by, with three players in double-digits, led by Celina Monteiro's 15 digs. The Pirates were equally as tough at the net, where Katherine Dudra and Maren Mair had a pair of blocks each, and Dudra made her return to the court with 13 kills, hitting .323.
"I'm really pleased with the effort over the last two nights," said Park coach Mike Talamantes. "We progressed this week and became a better volleyball team. That's what you want to see in October to be trending toward your best volleyball later in the year."
Park hit .342 as a team, staying in a first-place tie with unbeaten (7-0) William Woods, and the Pirates don't play a conference match for another 10 days, returning home to meet Stephens College on Oct. 17.
In Saturday's match, the Pirates started with the day's first five points, but a 7-1 Lindenwood-Belleville run had the Lynx in front. Park didn't get the lead back until the Pirates broke an 8-all tie as part of a 3-0 run, going in front 10-8 on consecutive kills by Meawad. The Pirates led 13-12 after a Shamroski kill had the Lynx back within one, but the Pirates answered with a 6-0 run, ending in a block by Dudra and Aneisha Ford to make it 19-12.
Park eventually won the first, 25-15, on kills by Mair and Meawad.
The Pirates broke free in the second set with a 4-1 run midway through, leading 18-13, and like the first, the second ended on consecutive points for the Pirates, who scored three-straight, this time, all on points from Dudra, who had a pair of kills and a block in the set-ending 3-0 run.
Park used another run to end the match, separating a late two-point lead, turning Lindenwood away with five of the final six points, as Amanda Santos put away the final point in a 25-19 win in the deciding set.
Next week, Park steps out of conference play to take part in the Columbia Cougar Classic at the Southwell Complex in Columbia, Missouri, taking on The Masters University (Calif.) on Friday, and Central Methodist University Saturday before a Saturday-afternoon finale against No. 6 Westmont College.