Men’s Volleyball Athletes say Season is Promising

Skylar Britt, Reporter

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After what Outside Hitter Victor Neves (Business Marketing and Business Management, Senior) calls, “A rough start”, the third-ranked Pirates have won their first game over the sixth-ranked Cardinal Stritch University, putting them at (1-2) thus far in the season. The 3-2 win over the Milwaukee, Wisconsin team was a hard-fought game for the Pirates on their road trip.

As with any team and the addition of new players, it takes time and practice to learn how to best work together on the court and learn the teammates strengths in order to be successful. However, Neves and his teammates are both hopeful and excited about the games to come. “The season is looking good,” said Neves. “We have a strong team with a lot of potential.”

One of the new players, Freshman Hiago Crins from Brazil, has enjoyed his time on the team so far. “I like the practices and the team has a lot of nice people.” said Crins. “There are many Brazilian players, which has helped me a lot.” While his major is currently undecided, he is thinking about studying Business Computer Information Systems Management.

The middle blocker has a hopeful outlook on the season and the years to come as a volleyball player for Park University. “I believe the team has a great future and I can definitely see myself here as an athlete.” said Crins.

This being the last season for the Captain and only Senior on the team, Neves looks back at his experience as a Park athlete with great pride. “The team has made me grow so much as a person and an athlete.” said Neves. “It has not only provided me with the chance to earn my degree while I play, but has also given me lifelong friends.”

Neves wants to end his Park volleyball career in the most memorable way he can. “We are expecting to be National Champions again this year.” said Neves. The team not only wants to have a successful season, but one that is also exciting for both the organization, and the fans.

The Pirates first home game is Friday, February 2, 2018 at 7 p.m. against (2-2) Morningside College from Sioux City, Iowa.

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