Manitoba Bisons’ volleyball player Taylor Pischke and partner Melissa Humana-Paredes captured bronze over the weekend at the 2014 FIVB Beach Volleyball U23 World Championships in Myslowice, Poland.
The Canadian duo repeated last year’s performance, where they placed third to capture the same title in 2013.
“To be honest it was pretty tough to come out and bounce back and play that third place match, cause obviously we did not want to be there. It was a tough loss against Australia. We had a lot of chances to win that one,” Pischke was quoted as telling the website fivb.org.
Pischke and Humana-Paredes, of Toronto, defeated Finland’s Taru Lahti with a 2-1 win (21-18, 14-21, 15-10) after losing in the semi-final match earlier on Sunday to eventual champions from Australia Nicole Laird and Mariafe Artacho by a 2-1 (21-18, 20-22, 9-15) result.
The championship started on June 11 and ran until June 15 with Pischke and Humana-Paredes competing in Pool D and finishing the pool with a 4-1 record.
“It was important we came back and won the bronze,” Pischke added. “Not the colour we wanted, but a medal is a medal and we are happy.”