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<ul><li><p>PARK SM</p><p>2011 Womens VoLLeYBALL</p><p>VANESSA LAWRENZSenior Libero</p><p>Amc honorable Mention All-Conference</p><p>U N I V E R S I T Y</p><p>AShLEY ROBINSONSenior Middle Hitter</p><p>Amc First-Team All-Conference</p><p>mARIANA VOgAdOSenior Outside Hitter</p><p>Amc First-Team All-Conference</p></li><li><p>KRISTIN BECKSenior Outside Hitter</p><p>RAFAELLA chAVESSenior Defensive Specialist</p><p>gABRIELA gARcIASenior Right Side/Setter</p><p>RACHEL STAGGJunior Middle Hitter</p><p>MIKE TALAMANTESHead Coach 1st Season</p></li><li><p>www.parkathletics.com</p><p>2011 PARK WOMENS VOLLEYBALL</p><p>1</p><p>2011 Park W</p><p>omens Volleyball M</p><p>edia Guide</p><p>2011 WOMENS VOLLEYBALL MEDIA GUIDEWhats Inside the 2011 Media Guide ..........................................1Staff &amp; Media Directory ...............................................................2</p><p>2011 SEASON PREVIEWSeason Preview...................................................................... 4-52011 Roster and Schedule .........................................................6The American Midwest Conference............................................72011 Opponents .........................................................................8</p><p>MEET THE 2011 PIRATESHead Coach Mike Talamantes ..................................................102011 Coaching Staff Information ..............................................112011 Returning Letterwinners ............................................. 12-192011 Newcomers ......................................................................20</p><p>2010 SEASON RECAPRecapping the 2010 Season .............................................. 22-232010 Season Statistics .............................................................24</p><p>WOMENS VOLLEYBALL PROGRAM HISTORYProgram History, Year-by-Year Results .............................. 26-31Individual Record Book....................................................... 32-34</p><p>THIS IS PARK UNIVERSITYPark University Profile ........................................................ 36-39University President..................................................................40Director of Athletics...................................................................41Park University Athletics Administration ............................. 42-45Park University Athletics Facilities ...................................... 46-47Breckon Sports Center, Home of the Pirates............................48</p><p>STAYING IN TOUCH...Clarinda Creighton, VP for Student Services ...... (816) 584-5833Claude English, Director of Athletics ................... (816) 584-6492Patricia Fayard, Office Manager .......................... (816) 584-6425Don Williams, Ph.D., Faculty Athletics Rep. ........ (816) 584-6516Steve Wilson, Sports Information Director........... (816) 584-6490Tyler Price, Asst. Sports Information Director ...... (816) 584-6751Michael Frey, Head Athletic Trainer ..................... (816) 584-6353Jennifer Jeffress, Assistant Athletic Trainer ......... (816) 584-6353Cary Lundy, Baseball ........................................... (816) 584-6746Jason Kline, Mens Basketball ............................. (816) 584-6438Kenneth Cooper, Womens Basketball ................ (816) 584-6491Brian Renshaw, Cross Country &amp; Track .............. (816) 584-6488Mike Mueller, Womens Golf ................................ (816) 584-6238Efrem Shimlis, Mens Soccer ............................... (816) 584-6487Ken Hefner, Womens Soccer ............................. (816) 584-6408Amy Reif, Softball ................................................ (816) 584-6443Rachel Allsbury, Spirit Squad .............................. (816) 584-6763Mike Talamantes, Volleyball ................................ (816) 584-6493</p><p>CREDITS: The Park Universrity womens volleyball media guide is a product of the Park University Department of Athletics, which is under the direction of Claude English, Director of Athletics, and its sports information office, Steve Wilson, Sports Information Director and Managing Editor. Photography by Park University Sports Information, Don Wolff, the City of Parkville, Kansas City, Missouri, the Kansas City Royals, the Kansas City Chiefs and the Country Club Plaza (Highwoods Properties). This publication serves as a media and recruiting resource and as copyright material, may not be replicated with out written consent of Park University and its Athletics Department. </p></li><li><p>twitter.com/parkpirates</p><p>facebook.com/parkathletics</p><p>2</p><p>2011</p><p> Sta</p><p>ff &amp;</p><p> Med</p><p>ia D</p><p>irect</p><p>ory</p><p>MEDIA DIRECTORYPrint Mediaassociated Press215 W. Pershing Rd., Ste. 221Kansas City, Mo. 64108T: 816.421.4844F: 816.421.3590</p><p>Parkville LuminaryMark Vasto5215 NW Crooked RoadParkville, Mo. 64152T: 816.885.0504www.parkvilleluminary.com</p><p>Platte County Landmark252 Main Street PP.O. Box 410Platte City, Mo. 64079T: 816.858.0363F: 816.858.2313www.plattecountylandmark.com</p><p>Kansas City StarBlair Kerkhoff1729 Grand BlvdKansas City, Mo. 64108T: 816.234.4355F: 816.234.4360www.kansascity.com</p><p>independence examinerBill Althaus410 South LibertyIndependence, Mo. 64050T: 816.350.6313www.examiner.net</p><p>Lees Summit JournalSteve Bubalo415 South DouglasLees Summit, Mo. 64063T: 816.282.7015F: 816.524.5136www.lsjournal.com</p><p>Olathe daily newsTod Palmer514 South Kansas Ave.Olathe, Kan. 66061T: 913.764.2211F: 913.764.2251www.theolathenews.com</p><p>Lawson reviewR. Cress HewittP.O. Box 125Lawson, MO 64062T: 816.296.3412</p><p>Kansas City Sports &amp; Fitness MagazineSteve Fischwww.kcsportspaper.comsfisch@kcsportspaper.com</p><p>BrOadCaStKSHB nBC 41Justin Unell4720 Oak StreetKansas City, Mo.T: 816.932.0716F: 816.932.4145www.nbcactionnews.com</p><p>Metro SportsShawn Beldin6550 Winchester Ave.Kansas City, Mo. 64133T: 816.358.5367F: 816.358.5479www.kcmetrosports.com</p><p>KMBC aBC 9John Crumley6455 Winchester Ave.Kansas City, Mo. 64133T: 816.221.9999F: 816.421.4163www.kmbc.com</p><p>WdaF FOX 4Al Wallace3030 SummitKansas City, Mo. 64108T: (816) 753-4567F: (816) 561-4181www.wdaftv4.com</p><p>Sports radio 810 WHBTodd LeaboUnion Broadcasting, Inc.6721 W. 121st StreetOverland Park, Kan. 66209T: 913.344.1500F: 913-469-8488www.810whb.com</p><p>610 Sports radioRyan Maguire7000 SquibbMission, Kan. 66222T: 913.744.3600www.61sports.net</p><p>SportsradioKC.comMatt Fulks14221 Metcalf Ave.Suite 128Overland Park, KS 66223T: 913.871.9466mfulks@sportsradiokc.com</p><p>Kenneth CooperW. Basketball</p><p>Claude englishDirector of Athletics</p><p>Patricia FayardOffice Manager</p><p>Michael FreyHead Athletic Trianer</p><p>Ken HefnerW. Soccer</p><p>Jennifer JeffressAsst. Athletic Trainer</p><p>Jason KlineM. Basketball</p><p>Cary LundyBaseball</p><p>Michael MuellerW. Golf</p><p>tyler PriceAssistant SID</p><p>amy reifSoftball</p><p>Brian renshawXC/Track &amp; Field</p><p>efrem ShimlisM. Soccer</p><p>Mike talamantesVolleyball</p><p>don Williams, Ph.d.Faculty Athletics Rep.</p><p>Steve WilsonSports Information Director</p><p>rachel allsburySpirit Squad</p></li><li><p>www.parkathletics.com</p><p>2011 PARK WOMENS VOLLEYBALL</p><p>3</p><p>2011 SEASON PREVIEW</p></li><li><p>twitter.com/parkpirates</p><p>facebook.com/parkathletics</p><p>4</p><p>2011</p><p> Sea</p><p>son </p><p>Pre</p><p>view</p><p>With eight returners, seven se-niors, an outsider looking at the surface of the Park University womens volleyball program would see a team that should have it all sewn up and figured out heading into a new year. Mix in a new coach, four newcomers and a program coming off of one of col-legiate volleyballs best year-to-year turn-arounds, and it grabs your attention, but in a good way. Mike Talamantes, who is no stranger to nationally acclaimed program turn-arounds, comes to Park after winning 25 matches last season at Occidental Col-lege in California, an NCAA Division III school that, before Talamantes arrival, had struggled on the volleyball court. At Park, Talamantes inherits a first-year coachs dream and a first-year re-cruiters nightmare, with seven seniors and a talented junior class in waiting. Tala-mantes has his work cut out for him on the recruiting trail for 2012, but for now, hes focused on the potential the 2011 group brings to the table.</p><p> We have eight returners from the 2010 squad, with seven of them seniors, so honestly from a motivation standpoint I really havent had to do much, Talaman-tes said. Most of the group was together when the team won a total of 7 matches before coming back and winning 19 last year, so having felt both types of seasons, they are extremely motivated to finish with a winning season. Mariana Vogado, a senior from Brasil-ia, Brazil, is one of those seniors who has witnessed, first-hand, the ups and downs the program has experienced in the last three years. Vogado will play for her third coach in four seasons as a Pirate. Its tough, because every coach has a new philosophy, but every coach also wants the same thing to win, Vogado said. That can be a tough process, be-cause we have to learn about each other in the beginning, but we all have the same goals in mind and theres a lot of maturity with seven seniors and a coach who has been through some of the same things we have in the last couple of years.</p><p> One area that needed immediate at-tention from new faces was the setting po-sition, where Park is without one of its best all-time setters, statistically, losing Crystal Cole, who wrapped up her four-year ca-reer by joining the 1,000-assist club on senior night against William Woods. To fill Coles shoes, a pair of local newcom-ers are in the program, including a Bobbi Jones, a freshman from Coles home town (Kearney, Mo.), and Kathryn Partdridge, an incoming junior from Liberty, Mo., who played at MCC-Longview in 2010. We are changing our system and one of the keys to our success will be how fast both of our new setters adapt, Tala-mantes said. Both Kat and Bobbi have worked extremely hard in camp and I feel both bring different things to the court, so it will be interesting to see who gets the start on Aug. 26. Park also added a pair of offensive threats on the outside, including Patricia Souza, who could turn heads early in the American Midwest Conference. Souza is one of four Brazilian-born players on the </p><p>Mariana Vogado (left), Gabriela Garcia (middle) and Ashley Robinson (right) are three of Parks seven seniors in the 2011 season. Vogado and Robinson were both first-team all-conference performers in the American Midwest Conference, and Garcia was an honorable mention All-AMC honoree in the 2009 season. Vanessa Lawrenz (facing page), also a senior, was an honorable mention all-conference selection last season after leading Parks defense at nearly five digs per set.</p></li><li><p>www.parkathletics.com</p><p>2011 PARK WOMENS VOLLEYBALL</p><p>5</p><p>2011 Season P</p><p>review</p><p>roster, joining Vogado, Gabriela Garcia and Rafaella Chaves. Janell Jordan, a freshman from Kansas Citys OHara High School, will also battle for outside hitting time, pushing Vogado, who averaged a team-high 3.27 kills per set, and Kristin Beck, another senior that averaged 1.27 kills a year ago. Weve rounded out our roster with some significant additions, most nota-bly Patricia, who will be one of the fo-cal points of our offense, Talamantes said. You always want a balanced attack, but Patricia has something special, and I could see her being someone we look to late in matches, not only because of her power and athleticism, but also because of how shes already slid into a leadership role. She carries herself very professionally and has done so throughout our pre-season activities. Park also returns its top blocker from a year ago, getting 80 blocks, including 26 solo stuffs, from Ashley Robinson, Rachel Stagg, a junior from Independence, will provide depth at the middle-blocking position. Defensively, the Pirates return last seasons libero, Vanessa Lawrenz, who averaged more than four digs per set as a newcomer in 2010, transfer-ring to Park for her junior season from Rochester Community Technical College. Lawrenz has also developed into a leader, for the Pirates, after an adjustment as a junior. This year I know what to expect, I think, Lawrenz said. Now I know what kind of competition is ahead of us, and as a team, were used to playing with each other and being around each other as a group. Chavez and an-other senior defensive specialist, Ashley Reinert, will add to the Pirates back line, which helped hold opponents to a .043 hitting percentage in 2010. Theres a lot of maturity on this team, and we expect to go far, Lawrenz said. The way last year ended was a disappointment, but I expect growth from that physically, mentally and emotionally. I think that will make us a better team by the end of the year. Coach (Talamantes) is a lot like us (the seniors). He pulls every-thing possible from us every time we go out there and he expects us to leave it all on the court. Lawrenz and Garcia, who averaged </p><p>nearly two kills per game and 1.36 digs, have been integral parts of Talamantes adjustment as a first-year coach, talking with Talamantes on a regular basis since he first became a part of the Park Univer-sity family in July. The adjustment period has been pretty seamless, to tell the truth, Tala-</p><p>mantes said. During my interview, I spent a lot of time talking to Gabi and Vanessa about some of the things I would want to do and when we started </p><p>fall camp, they were able to </p><p>help me put some of those things in mo-tion. That helped a lot. I like player-led teams, and right now, this group has been giving me everything they have. I like our chances on continuing the improvement this program has already had. Vogado agreed, adding high expecta-tions for 2011. I expect a lot, and my teammates know that, she said. I think we are a tal-ented team and we know what works after playing together, for some of us, for four years. We are mentally prepared to get the results we want, I think, and I have my standards set high. Its going to be a good year. This team seems to be on the same page, and were committed to making this our best year, for the seniors, that weve had since coming to Park. </p><p>* Submitted for ParkAthletics.com on Aug. 21, 2011.</p></li><li><p>twitter.com/parkpirates</p><p>facebook.com/parkathletics</p><p>6</p><p>2011 NUMERICAL &amp; ALPHABETICAL ROSTERSNo. Player Ht. Yr. Pos. Hometown Previous School2 Patricia Souza 511 Jr. OH Ipatinga, Brazil Indian Hills CC3 Janell Jordan 58 Fr. OH Kansas City, Mo. OHara HS4 Vanessa Lawrenz 53 Sr. DS Rochester, Minn. RCTC5 Kristin Beck 511 Sr. OH Kansas City, Mo. Missouri State University7 Mariana Vogado 511 Sr. OH Brasilia, Brazil University do Distro Federal8 Rafaella Chaves 59 Sr. DS Porto Alegre, Brazil PUCRS9 Gabriela Garcia 59 Sr. RS Sao Jose do Rio Preto, Brazil Universidade Estadual Paulista12 Rachel Stagg 58 Jr. MH Independence, Mo. William Chrisman HS21 Bobbi Jones 56 Fr. S Kearney, Mo. Kearney HS33 Ashley Robinson 62 Sr. MH Lancaster, Calif. Antelope Valley College</p><p>No. Player Ht. Yr. Pos. Hometown Previous School5 Kristin Beck 511 Sr. OH Kansas City, Mo. Missouri State University8 Rafaella Chaves 59 Sr. DS Porto Alegre, Brazil PUCRS9 Gabriela Garcia 59 Sr. RS Sao Jose do Rio Preto, Brazil Universidade Estadual Paulista21 Bobbi Jones 56 Fr. S Kearney, Mo. Kearney HS3 Janell Jordan 58 Fr. OH Kansas City, Mo. OHara HS4 Vanessa Lawrenz 53 Sr. DS Rochester, Minn. RCTC33 Ashley Robinson 62 Sr. MH Lancaster, Calif. Antelope Valley...</p></li></ul>