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#2 seed Bison men's volleyball team win bronze medal match at 2012 CIS National Championship
Posted Sunday, March 4, 2012 4:00 PM
 
The # 2 seed Manitoba Bisons men’s volleyball team won 3-1 (25-22, 25-23, 19-25, 25-18) to host #5 seed Queen’s Gaels in the bronze medal match on Sunday, March 4 at the 2012 CIS Men’s Volleyball National Championship at Queen’s University in Kingston, ON.

With the match win, Manitoba earns a bronze medal for the first time since their last CIS Championship appearance in 2006.

“A really gutsy effort and determination was outstanding for today’s match,” said Bison men’s volleyball head coach Garth Pischke. “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. Dane (Pischke) played his best match in his Bison career. He was unstoppable and had an all around game and the guy we went to when the chips were down. It was a great effort by everybody.”

Garth Pischke, in his 31st season as Bisons men’s volleyball head coach, has guided the Bisons to the CIS National Championships for a 26th time. Under Pischke, Manitoba have now collected nine CIS gold medals, nine CIS silver medals, five CIS bronze medal (23 total CIS medals), two fourth place finishes, and their lowest CIS Championship showing being a fifth place finish under Pischke.

The Bisons (18-2 regular season; 5-2 playoffs) had a good bounce back match from a tough semi-final loss to #3 seed Laval Rouge et Or. Manitoba won the first two sets in a back-and-forth affair and rallied after a tough spurt by Queen’s in the third to lock down the bronze medal in the fourth with consistent passing, serving, defence and kills form all members of the starters. In the bronze match, Manitoba was led by Manitoba’s Player of the Match Dane Pischke with a tied game-high 22 kills (.408 hitting percentage), 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 and fifth year Ryan Munt ended his Bison career with six kills, and ten digs.

In 26 CIS Championship appearances since the 1980 CIS Championship, Manitoba now holds a 61-20 record (75.3% winning percentage) and are still tied for the most CIS Championship titles with Winnipeg at ten during the 46 year history (including this season) of the CIS MVB Championship. The last time Manitoba appeared in the CIS Championship in 2006, they won a bronze medal with a 3-1 win (25-21, 26-24, 30-32, 25-21) over Dalhousie.

2012 CIS MVB Championship Seeding:
1. Trinity Western University
2. University of Manitoba
3. Université Laval
4. University of Alberta
5. Queen’s University
6. University of Calgary
7. Western University
8. Dalhousie University

Friday, March 2 (all times are Central Time)
12 p.m. #3 Laval 3 #6 Calgary 1
2 p.m. #2 Manitoba 3 #7 Western 2
5 p.m. #5 Queen’s 3 #4 Alberta 1
7 p.m. #1 Trinity Western 3 #8 Dalhousie 0

Saturday, March 3
12 p.m. #6 Calgary 3 #7 Western 0
2 p.m. #4 Alberta 3 #8 Dalhousie 0
5 p.m. Semi-Final: #3 Laval 3 #2 Manitoba 1
7 p.m. Semi-Final: #1 TWU 3 #5 Queen’s 0

Sunday, March 4
10 a.m. 5th Place: #6 Calgary 3 #4 Alberta 1
12 p.m. Bronze: #2 Manitoba 3 #5 Queen’s 1
3 p.m. Gold: #1 TWU vs. #3 Laval
 
For more information, contact:
Chris Zuk
Bison Sports Information Officer
Sport and Active Living Centre
zukc@cc.umanitoba.ca
Phone: (204) 474-7492
 
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