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    2011 Womens VoLLeYBALL

    VANESSA LAWRENZSenior Libero

    Amc honorable Mention All-Conference

    U N I V E R S I T Y

    AShLEY ROBINSONSenior Middle Hitter

    Amc First-Team All-Conference

    mARIANA VOgAdOSenior Outside Hitter

    Amc First-Team All-Conference

  • KRISTIN BECKSenior Outside Hitter

    RAFAELLA chAVESSenior Defensive Specialist

    gABRIELA gARcIASenior Right Side/Setter

    RACHEL STAGGJunior Middle Hitter

    MIKE TALAMANTESHead Coach 1st Season

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    2011 WOMENS VOLLEYBALL MEDIA GUIDEWhats Inside the 2011 Media Guide ..........................................1Staff & Media Directory ...............................................................2

    2011 SEASON PREVIEWSeason Preview...................................................................... 4-52011 Roster and Schedule .........................................................6The American Midwest Conference............................................72011 Opponents .........................................................................8

    MEET THE 2011 PIRATESHead Coach Mike Talamantes ..................................................102011 Coaching Staff Information ..............................................112011 Returning Letterwinners ............................................. 12-192011 Newcomers ......................................................................20

    2010 SEASON RECAPRecapping the 2010 Season .............................................. 22-232010 Season Statistics .............................................................24

    WOMENS VOLLEYBALL PROGRAM HISTORYProgram History, Year-by-Year Results .............................. 26-31Individual Record Book....................................................... 32-34

    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

    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 & 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

    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.

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    MEDIA DIRECTORYPrint Mediaassociated Press215 W. Pershing Rd., Ste. 221Kansas City, Mo. 64108T: 816.421.4844F: 816.421.3590

    Parkville LuminaryMark Vasto5215 NW Crooked RoadParkville, Mo. 64152T: 816.885.0504www.parkvilleluminary.com

    Platte County Landmark252 Main Street PP.O. Box 410Platte City, Mo. 64079T: 816.858.0363F: 816.858.2313www.plattecountylandmark.com

    Kansas City StarBlair Kerkhoff1729 Grand BlvdKansas City, Mo. 64108T: 816.234.4355F: 816.234.4360www.kansascity.com

    independence examinerBill Althaus410 South LibertyIndependence, Mo. 64050T: 816.350.6313www.examiner.net

    Lees Summit JournalSteve Bubalo415 South DouglasLees Summit, Mo. 64063T: 816.282.7015F: 816.524.5136www.lsjournal.com

    Olathe daily newsTod Palmer514 South Kansas Ave.Olathe, Kan. 66061T: 913.764.2211F: 913.764.2251www.theolathenews.com

    Lawson reviewR. Cress HewittP.O. Box 125Lawson, MO 64062T: 816.296.3412

    Kansas City Sports & Fitness MagazineSteve Fischwww.kcsportspaper.comsfisch@kcsportspaper.com

    BrOadCaStKSHB nBC 41Justin Unell4720 Oak StreetKansas City, Mo.T: 816.932.0716F: 816.932.4145www.nbcactionnews.com

    Metro SportsShawn Beldin6550 Winchester Ave.Kansas City, Mo. 64133T: 816.358.5367F: 816.358.5479www.kcmetrosports.com

    KMBC aBC 9John Crumley6455 Winchester Ave.Kansas City, Mo. 64133T: 816.221.9999F: 816.421.4163www.kmbc.com

    WdaF FOX 4Al Wallace3030 SummitKansas City, Mo. 64108T: (816) 753-4567F: (816) 561-4181www.wdaftv4.com

    Sports radio 810 WHBTodd LeaboUnion Broadcasting, Inc.6721 W. 121st StreetOverland Park, Kan. 66209T: 913.344.1500F: 913-469-8488www.810whb.com

    610 Sports radioRyan Maguire7000 SquibbMission, Kan. 66222T: 913.744.3600www.61sports.net

    SportsradioKC.comMatt Fulks14221 Metcalf Ave.Suite 128Overland Park, KS 66223T: 913.871.9466mfulks@sportsradiokc.com

    Kenneth CooperW. Basketball

    Claude englishDirector of Athletics

    Patricia FayardOffice Manager

    Michael FreyHead Athletic Trianer

    Ken HefnerW. Soccer

    Jennifer JeffressAsst. Athletic Trainer

    Jason KlineM. Basketball

    Cary LundyBaseball

    Michael MuellerW. Golf

    tyler PriceAssistant SID

    amy reifSoftball

    Brian renshawXC/Track & Field

    efrem ShimlisM. Soccer

    Mike talamantesVolleyball

    don Williams, Ph.d.Faculty Athletics Rep.

    Steve WilsonSports Information Director

    rachel allsburySpirit Squad

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    2011 SEASON PREVIEW

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    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.

    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.

    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