(MARSHALL, Mo.) Park University picked up its sixth win of the NAIA South Division Men's Volleyball season and improved to 17-2 overall, topping No. 9 Missouri Valley in three sets (25-19, 25-23, 25-21) Tuesday (March 4) in Marshall, Mo.
Park, ranked third in the NAIA Men's Volleyball Top 10 Coaches Poll, remained unbeaten in the NAIA South, marking the Pirates' second win of the year over the Vikings, who dropped to 15-9 (2-4 NAIA South).
Daniel Arteaga connected on 20 kills in the win, using 39 swings to hit .359 and Rob Cordero added eight blocks (four solo) to 32 assists. Park hit .310 as a team offensively, and at the net, the Pirates had 15 blocks to go with 36 team digs on defense.
Cordero was Park's best back-row defender in the game, as well, coming up with nine digs, while Kastan Manness added seven and Caio Souza had six. Cordero also recorded the Pirates' lone ace, and Missouri Valley went without a point at the service line, dropping its second match of the year to Park, also falling in three sets in January at Breckon Sports Center.
"I don't think we can say we played a complete match, but we did a lot of things right," said Park coach Mike Talamantes. "Rob had a great night in all phases, and he was able to find Daniel when (Missouri Valley) couldn't find an answer for that part of our offense."
The Pirates are scheduled for four matches in Davenport, Iowa, at the SAU Invitational this weekend, including a bout with top-ranked Concordia (Calif.) Saturday at 10 a.m., marking the first meeting between the Eagles and Pirates since last season's National Invitational Tournament championship match that went to Concordia in three sets.