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No. 3 Park Wins Fourth NAIA National Invitational Championship

April 14, 2014
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Story by Tyler Price
 
DENVER, Colo. – For the fourth-time in program history the Park (Mo.) men’s volleyball team captured the NAIA Men’s Volleyball National Invitational Tournament Championship after defeating defending national champion No. 1 Concordia (Calif.) in three sets (25-23, 25-22, 25-23) on Saturday night inside the Wildcat Center on the campus of Johnson and Wales University.
 
Park also won the national title in 2003, 2008 and 2012. This also marks the third-straight appearance in the national title match for the Pirates underhead coach Mike Talamantes.
 
The Eagles end its season with a record of 28-8, while the Pirates end the year30-4.
 
In the first set, Park was led by Daniel Arteaga and Fabricio Toledo’s four kills and hit .265 as a team.
 
Rob Cordero was on point with 13 assists and the Pirates had four total team blocks and ended the set with a triple block with Murilo Pereira, Rob Cordero and Arteaga supplying the final point.
 
In set two, Arteaga was unconscious supplying Park with nine kills on 14 attempts and Cordero had another 15 assists.
 
Concordia-Irvine was a bit more stout offensively with a hitting percentage of .250 and Brett Anema had four kills.
 
In the third and final set, the Pirates provided its best match statistically with a .480 team hitting percentage.
 
Cordero ended the night with 40 assists, while Arteaga led all players with 21 kills, the highest number of kills of any player for the entirety of the tournament.
 
For the Eagles, Harrison Carroll led the way with 12 kills and Kevin Fiske had 35 assists and Naseri Tumanuvao and Chris Reames led the way in digs with eight.
 
Tournament MVP
Rob Cordero – No. 16 – Sr. S – Park
 
All-Tournament Team
AnsonLindsey – No. 15 – So. – MH – Clarke University
PedroCardoso – No. 7 – Fr. – OH – Grand View
Caio Nunes De Souza – No. 7 – Jr. – OH – Park
Rob Cordero – No. 16 – Sr. – S – Park
KevinFiske – No. 7 – Sr. – S – Concordia-Irvine
Parker Del Re – No. 13 – Sr. – OH – Concrodia-Irvine
 
Coach of the Year
Mike Talamantes - Park
 
Sportsman of the Year
Kyle Hanagami – No. 2 – Jr. – S – Grand View
 
Tournament Statistical Leaders
Hitting Percentage – Caio Nunes De Souza - Park - .541
Kills Per Game – Daniel Arteaga – Park – 3.60
Assists Per Game – Rob Cordero – Park – 11.09
Digs Per Game – Kastan Maness – Park – 2.82
Service Aces Per Game – Kyle Hanagami – Grand View – 0.36
Blocks Per Game – Caio De Nunes – Park – 2.00
 
First Place Team
Park
 
Second Place Team
Concordia-Irvine
 
Semifinalist Teams
GrandView
Clarke