(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) Park University's offensive volleyball arsenal pulled in two more postseason awards Monday afternoon (Dec. 9), when the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics announced the 2013 Tachikara-NAIA Volleyball All-America teams. Wanessa Siqueira was a first-team selection, and Lauren Purdy was on the third team.
Siqueira had a record-setting junior campaign, setting a new mark for kills in the Park University women's volleyball program by recording 632 on another school-record 1,400 total attempts. She will enter her senior season, in 2014, with 1,329 career kills, including a season at Hannibal-LaGrange in 2013, and in 2013, Siqueira became the first since Jilian Creighton (2001-2004) to record 1,000 kills in a Park uniform.
A Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) native, Siqueira has 1,017 Park kills, and she hit .309 in her junior season. Siqueira was also a standout defender for the Pirates, turning away 100 opponent attempts for blocks and recording 304 digs. Offensively, Siqueira twice went for 31 kills, first in a four-set win over Kansas Wesleyan and later in five sets, another win, over nationally ranked MidAmerica Nazarene.
"Wanessa's best volleyball is still in front of her," Park coach Mike Talamantes said, earlier today when Siqueira wsa named an AVCA First-Team All American. "She will tell you that the records don't mean anything to her, and she still has business to take care of on the court."
Purdy also picked up her second All-America designation of the day, another third-team selection. An Arlington (Texas) native, Purdy is a two-time NAIA All-American, having earned honorable mention consideration in 2012.
She finished her career with 1,204 kills and 415 blocks, including two seasons at West Texas A&M University, where she played for an NCAA Division II national championship early in her career. She had 856 kills at Park, and she set Park's 25-point era record for blocks with 232 in two seasons, including 118 as a senior in 2013.
Purdy hit .359 as a senior, setting a Park record, and left the program hitting .349 in her career. She had 417 senior-season kills and 439 as a junior, which stood as a Park record until Siqueira's record-breaking year in 2013.
"Lauren helped put this program on the map," Talamantes said. "Without her, the last two seasons would've been much different, and you can't replace that. We have to try, but you just don't replace what someone like that means to a program."
Siqueira and Purdy helped lead Park to a 35-7 record, a regular-season co-championship in the American Midwest Conference (10-1), and the school's first-ever appearance in the NAIA Volleyball National Championship. The Pirates earned a spot in the pool-play round, in Sioux City, Iowa, by beating Asbury University in three sets on Nov. 23, before dropping two pool-play matches Dec. 3 and 4 in Sioux City. The season ended Dec. 5 in five sets, when Park came from behind to beat Trinity Christian in the 2013 season finale.
2013 Tachikara-NAIA Volleyball All-Americans