Bisons Clash with Huskies in Volleyball Opener

Bisons Clash with Huskies in Volleyball Opener

Ken Rooney
U of M Bisons middle hitter Ken Rooney (CHRISD.CA)

WINNIPEG — If it’s leaders on the volleyball court he wanted, that’s exactly what Garth Pischke has found this season.

The Manitoba Bisons men’s volleyball coach begins his 34th season at the helm this weekend, naming three co-captains to lead his team for 2015-16.

Middle hitter Ken Rooney, left side hitter Kevin Falconer and left side hitter Adam DeJonckheere suit up to begin the Canada West conference season at Investors Group Athletic Centre tonight.

Rooney, 21, is entering his fourth year with the Bisons coming off Second Team All-Canadian honours last year.

“Saskatchewan is a decent team for sure, they’re scrappy and a bit frustrating to play against sometimes,” Rooney said. “But lucky for us, we’re good enough where if we take care of our side of the net, we should be able to beat anybody.

Falconer, also 21, is a fourth-year veteran, who had 141 kills and nine service aces in his third season in 2014-15.

Twenty-year-old DeJonckheere begins his third season with the Herd, being 12th last year in Canada West with 325.5 points and 282 kills.

The Bisons host the Saskatchewan Huskies tonight and Saturday at 6 p.m. CT both nights. The women follow at 7:30 p.m.