Pioske claims fifth title, wins Elite 89 award

Waconia native Kara Pioske (WHS Class of 2009), recently won her fifth volleyball national title with the Concordia University Golden Bears. (Submitted photo)

Waconia native Kara Pioske (WHS Class of 2009), recently won her fifth volleyball national title with the Concordia University Golden Bears. (Submitted photo)

Waconia native Kara Pioske recently captured her fifth consecutive national championship with the Concordia University volleyball team.

Pioske, a 2009 graduate of WHS, has been a member of the team for five years and helped add five national championships. The Golden Bears now have seven consecutive national championships in volleyball, the longest streak in any level of collegiate volleyball. They are also tied for fourth longest Division II championship streak in any women’s sports.

Concordia University clinched its seven consecutive title Dec. 14 by defeating BYU-Hawaii 3-0 at the US Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

In Pioske’s time with the Concordia volleyball team, the 5-foot-9 outside hitter tallied 473 total kills, 691 digs, and 28 blocks.

The Bears finished the 2013 season 35-3 and tied for first in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference with a 19-1 conference record. The Bears have won at least a share of the conference title for the last 10 years.

Pioske was also awarded the Elite 89 Award for holding the highest cumulative grade point average of the eight national quarterfinal teams of the Division II volleyball tournament. Pioske holds a 3.99 cumulative GPA.

The award was established in 2009-10 by the NCAA and recognizes the student-athlete who holds the highest cumulative GPA while also participating in an NCAA championship tournament.

Pioske is the first Concordia student-athlete to receive this award. Also on campus, Pioske served as the secretary for the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and was a member of the Tetra Delta Science Club.

Pioske graduated summa cum laude from Concordia University in December with a degree in biology. She will begin the physical therapy graduate program at the University of Minnesota in July.

 

Contact Melissa Marohl at melissa.marohl@ecm-inc.comv

 
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