Taylor Mackenzie Pischke (born April 18, 1993) is a female Canadian volleyball player.
Pischke was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, the daughter of Garth Pischke, a two-time Olympian with Canada men’s national volleyball team, and a current coach of the University of Manitoba’s male team, and mother Cindy Shepherd, a Canadian Junior National team athlete and three-time CIS National Champion.
Pischke first competed in rhythmic gymnastics at the national level before taking up her parents’ sport at the age of 14.
After attending Fort Richmond Collegiate, Pischke played university volleyball for UCSB and later the University of Manitoba.
Her departure from UCSB, California, after one semester on the indoor team, occurred because there was no opportunity to play beach during the second semester when the NCAA sand program at UCSB did not become a collegiate sport.
Pischke was on a double scholarship at UCSB to play on their indoor and beach volleyball teams.
With Manitoba, she won the CIS National Championship Title in 2014 making it her 7th Canadian national title in volleyball (4 indoor volleyball championships including CIS and Canada Games championships) and 3 beach volleyball championship titles.
In January 2017, Pischke began playing with new partner, Kristina May, who was a member of the 2016 Canadian Olympic team playing with then-partner Jamie Broder.
The pair made their debut at the opening stop of the 2017 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and finished 25th.
Image Courtesy – Taylor Pischke (Instagram)