Park Defeats Cardinal Stritch in NAIA Tourney

4/17/2008

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Parkville, Mo. - Cory Frederick and the 2008 Pirate Senior Class earned win No. 100 in four seasons at Park, as the Pirates used 11 kills from Ryan Stafford and eight Henry Uribe digs to defeat Cardinal Stritch - 30-23, 30-21, 30-24 - to improve to 2-0 in pool play, securing a spot in Friday's 4:30 p.m. semifinal match.

Frederick is now 100-16 in four seasons with the Pirates.

Park (27-1) hit .274 as a team, assisted by 34 assists from J.P. da Silva and two Uribe solo blocks to earn a second-straight shut-out win in National Invitational Tournament play. Cardinal Stritch fell to 22-9 on the year, as Austin Cass led the offensive charge for the Wolves, who hit .059 as a team, with seven kills.

Stritch now plays at 12:30 Friday against Missouri Baptist for a spot in the 7 p.m. semifinal against No. 2 California Baptist. In Park's 4:30 semifinal, the Pirates will draw the winner of St. Ambrose and Lindenwood, who open Friday's play at 10 a.m.

Park opened the match on a 4-1 run, eventually turning it into a 13-7 lead midway through on an Erick Albuquerque kill from the left side of the floor.

Uribe made it a seven-point game from the middle of the floor with a kill at 16-9, and after the Pirates passed the 20-point mark, an errant Cardinal Stritch serve made it a nine-point game at 21-12.

The lead extended to double figures a play later when Albuquerque flipped the ball over the Wolves' defense, putting Park up 22-12, and the Pirates put the game on cruise control in closing with a 30-23 win despite being outscored 11-8 after taking the double-digit lead, finishing on a Ryan Stafford kill to go up 1-0 in the match.

Stritch opened game two with a 3-0 advantage, and after Park got back within one at 4-3, the Wolves notched a Jacob Cosson kill to take a 5-3 lead. The Pirates rallied back to tie it at 5-5, and Uribe's back-to-back aces on the ensuing serves gave Park its first lead of the second stanza, 7-5.

Park extended its lead to three, 14-11, on another Uribe left-side spike, and after maintaining the lead to 15-12, Stritch posted a pair to get within one, 15-14.

Park then rattled off the next five points to go up six, followed by Lance Pulliam's kill that put the Pirates on top 22-15. Stafford then forced a time out by firing from the right side to make it 25-19, and out of the stall, Park used back-to-back tallies to get three points from 30.

After a Pirate error put Stritch at 20 points, Park filed two more points to make it 29-20, Park split the next two serves to win 30-21.

The Pirates took seven of the first 10 serves in game three, eventually taking an 11-5 lead before a 3-0 Stritch run made it 11-8. Park answered, delivering two straight to return the lead to five, going up 13-8 on a Uribe solo block. Park continued the run with a mid-floor kill to lead 14-8, but Cardinal Stritch rallied to get within four before Stafford jammed one in between defenders to make it a 17-12 game.

Park got to the 20-point mark up 20-14, and the Pirates returned the lead to six after a short Stritch rally, as Pulliam scored from the left side to go up 26-20. The lead stretched to 28-20 with another Pulliam point, this time on a solo block, and the Pirates finished with a six-point win to mark the 100th win for both Frederick and the senior class.

Article courtesy of Park athletics.

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