UNIVERSITY of Manitoba volleyball players Dane Pischke and Chris Voth were selected as CIS All-Canadians Thursday.
Pischke, a fourth-year right-side player, was named a first team All-Canadian, while his Bisons teammate Voth, a fourth-year left-side hitter, was chosen for the second team. It's the first such honour for both Winnipeg products.
Pischke, 21, was first in CIS and Canada West with 292 kills during the 2011-12 season. He played in all 20 conference matches, registering 65 blocks, 14 assists and six aces. Voth had 253 kills during the season, ranking him sixth in the country. The 21-year-old also accumulated 108 digs, 61 blocks and 20 assists.
"I am proud of the two athletes as they both had outstanding seasons," Bison men's volleyball head coach Garth Pischke said in a statement.
"(This) recognition is a reflection of the team and how it has played and overall success so far this season."
The second-seeded men's volleyball team opens up play at the 2012 CIS National Championship at Queen's University (Kingston, Ont.) against the Western Mustangs this afternoon at 2 p.m.
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Lauren Sears and Zack Diboll are the Winnipeg Wesmen athletes of the month for February, the university announced Thursday.
Sears, a fifth-year middle player on the women's volleyball team, wrapped up her university career last month, leading the Wesmen to a quarter-final sweep over the crosstown Manitoba Bisons. The Wesmen captain had 33 kills, 11 blocks, five digs and three aces in the two-match series.
Like Sears, Diboll also concluded his CIS eligibility. The fifth-year setter had 42 assists, 20 defensive digs, eight kills and one ace in two matches last month.
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A pair of Manitobans will skate at the national women's hockey team selection camp in Ottawa later this month.
Defenceman Jocelyne Larocque and forward Bailey Bram, both from Ste. Anne, are a part of the 29-player camp, which runs from March 26 to April 1 at Carleton University's Ice House and the Ottawa Civic Centre.
The camp is the final selection process before the national team heads to the 2012 IIHF Ice Hockey Women's World Championship in Burlington, Vt., next month.
-- Adam Wazny