(DENVER, Colo.) Park University senior outside hitter Matheus Roham and junior setter Rob Cordero were named AVCA-NAIA Men's Volleyball All-Americans at the conclusion of the 2013 NAIA Men's Volleyball National Invitational Tournament in Denver, helping the Pirates to a runner-up finish and a 27-2 overall mark in the 2013 season.
Cordero, a two-time honoree from Yaracuy, Venezuela, had 1,044 assists in 2013, averaging 10.1 per set, distributing double figures in 27 of Park's 29 matches on the year. He put up more than 50 assists for kills on two occasions, passing out 54 assists in a five-set win over Graceland and 51 more in another five-set win over Hannibal-LaGrange, and he hit .396 on the year, adding 55 kills, including five in a win over NCAA Division II Lees McRae on March 16.
"To be a two-time All-American, especially at setter where there's a lot of talent in the NAIA, is really something to be proud of," said Park volleyball coach Mike Talamantes. "Rob was the anchor in our offense all year and we really went as Rob went. He was key in Zach (Penolio) and Matheus (Roham) putting up the kind of numbers they did this year."
Roham earned his first All-America designation from the AVCA after also earning MAMVIC West Player of the Year honors, recording 334 kills on the year, an average of 3.1 per set. A Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, native, Roham had 28 service aces on the year and finished with 60 blocks.
He finished the year with 22 double-digit matches, offensively, hitting .272, including a pair of 18-kill outings in wins over Warner and Hope International.
"Matheus was really consistent for us," Talamantes said. "Teams had to really focus on what he was doing and it really disrupted a lot of defensive schemes during the year."
Park's two losses in 2013 were to NAIA Men's Volleyball national semifinalists, falling in the regular season to Missouri Baptist and in the championship match to Concordia-Irvine, which also had two All-Americans (Mark Metrakos and Naseri Tumanuvao).