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Bisons Claim Bronze in Men’s Volleyball

March 5, 2012 7:20 AM | Sports

Bison men's volleyball coach Garth Pischke (CHRISD.CA)

The University of Manitoba Bison men’s volleyball ended their playoff run by picking up a bronze medal on Sunday at the 2012 CIS National Championship.

The Bisons defeated Queen’s University 3-1 (25-22, 25-23, 19-25, 25-18) in Kingston, Ontario, earning bronze hardware for the first time since 2006.

Dane Pischke led Manitoba with 22 kills on 49 attacks for a hitting percentage of .408 in addition to contributing a service ace, eight digs and two blocks.

“I told the guys that I was so proud of them getting a medal and to enjoy the win as it was a tough tournament and only one step away,” Bisons head coach Garth Pischke said. “It was a great effort by everybody.”

“The bronze match has nothing to do with coaches and up to the players on how they want to finish. They showed their determination and heart to win and I was proud as coach to watch.”

Middle Joseph Brooks had 11 kills and four blocks while setter Chris Komishon had game-high 46 assists, 11 digs and four kills. Libero Derek Nieroda finished with 12 digs, Chris Voth had nine kills, four blocks and fifth year Ryan Munt ended his Bison career with six kills, and ten digs.