Eighth-ranked Royals upend No. 3 Park after Pirates erupt on offense against Culver-Stockton at Fighting Bee Classic
Park 3, Culver-Stockton 0 (25-11, 25-9, 25-8)
Warner 3, Park 1 (25-23, 25-23, 16-25, 25-22)
(DAVENPORT, Iowa) Park University hit .556 in a dominating three-set win over Culver-Stockton College Friday (March 7), but the third-ranked Pirates weren't able to keep a hot hand in their second match of the day, falling to No. 8 Warner University in four sets at the Fighting Bee Classic in Davenport, Iowa.
Park (18-3) got all over Culver-Stockton (2-17) in the early match, which began at 2 p.m., holding the Wildcats to single digits in two sets during a three-set win (25-11, 25-9, 25-8). Park was balanced on offense, led by Daniel Arteaga, who was nearly flawless with seven kills on eight attempts, and Fabricio Toledo, who matched Arteaga's eight kills in the win.
The Pirates blocked the Wildcats 12 times in the match, five of which included Tyler Owen, and Ramon Cora had three of Park's nine aces.
"We were really good in all phases against Culver-Stockton, and maybe that caused some of our problems against Warner," said Park coach Mike Talamantes. "You can't make mistakes like we did against teams like Warner. They'll beat you if you give them chances."
Paul Bilanzic had eight kills in the four-set loss to Warner (23-25, 23-25, 25-16, 22-25), and Arteaga had 16 kills but made 10 errors. Rob Cordero finished the day with 70 assists, including 43 in the second match against the Royals.
"There's not much time to forget this one," Talamantes said. "Tomorrow's matches are really important, so we have to regroup tonight and be ready tomorrow."
The Pirates take on the NAIA's top-ranked team Saturday morning, at 10 a.m., when they meet No. 1 Concordia (Calif.), and at 2 p.m., the Pirates take on long-time rival Graceland, the third match of the season between the two schools.