Park University is making a strong case for being an NAIA dynasty in men’s volleyball.
The third-ranked Pirates captured their fifth NAIA national championship since 2003 on Saturday, ousting top-ranked Grand View (Iowa) in straight sets (36-34, 25-21, 25-16).
Park (26-5) also won NAIA titles in 2003, 2008, 2012 and 2014. The victory gave coach Mike Talamantes his fourth national title — three as Park’s men’s coach and one leading the women’s team in 2014.
Daniel Arteaga had 29 kills and a hitting percentage of .558 Saturday for the Pirates to wrap up tournament MVP honors.
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Park hit .396 overall, and Oscar Tuero added six kills.
Setter Milos Trivunic led all players with 48 assists and Billy Crow had a match-high 10 digs.
Grand View ended its season with a 25-4 record.