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.
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.