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April 01, 2010
  Men's volleyball goes from worst to firstPDF files may take a moment to load

Four years ago, the Dinos were the bottom feeders of the CanWest Conference. Today, they are the Canadian Interuniversity Sport national champions. So what happened? How did this team make such a drastic turnaround in such a short period of time? It all starts with the head coaching position. Rod Durrant took over from Greg Ryan in 2006, the latter of whom had coached the Dinos for the past 21 years. With the team's last national title coming in 1993, it was time for a change.

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March 18, 2010
  Dinos national championsPDF files may take a moment to load

It was a script even Hollywood couldn't have come up with. After winning back-to-back five set thrillers, the Dinos men's volleyball team claimed their first Canadian Interuniversity Sport championship since 1993, and fourth overall, on Sunday with a win over the Trinity Western University Spartans.

The season certainly had its ups and downs, but it couldn't have finished in a better way for a team whose confidence only seemed to grow as they went deeper into the tournament.

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March 11, 2010
  Dinos ready for national tourneyPDF files may take a moment to load

It all boils down to this. After months of intense practicing, hard fought matches and enduring bus rides, the Dinos have the opportunity this weekend to define their season. The Canadian Interuniversity Sport national championships go at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops this weekend from March 12-14. It is a weekend that has been circled in the Dinos' calendar all season long.

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March 04, 2010
  Men's volleyball heads north for conference finalsPDF files may take a moment to load

The Dinos men's volleyball team closed out their home schedule in style over the weekend, sweeping their playoff series with the University of Manitoba Bisons. With the wins, the Dinos clinched a spot in this weekend's Canada West Final Four, which will be hosted at the University of Alberta in Edmonton. After the Thompson Rivers University Wolfpack won their playoff series Sunday, the Dinos also have a guaranteed spot in the Canadian Interuniversity Sport championships.

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February 25, 2010
  Men's volleyball host playoff series looking to erase last year's playoff memoriesPDF files may take a moment to load

Though the men's volleyball team missed out on an opportunity to host the Canada West final four, they're back where they wanted to be: hosting a quarterfinal playoff series with an eye on erasing last year's heartbreaking three-match, five-set loss to the University of Winnipeg Wesmen.

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February 11, 2010
  Dinos look to right ship for playoffsPDF files may take a moment to load

In a weekend that looked so promising, the University of Calgary men's volleyball team came away with nothing but disappointment.

Perhaps distracted by the prospect of clinching the number one seed and hosting the Canada West Conference final four, the Dinos dropped both games over the weekend to the Brandon University Bobcats. The Dinos may have looked past their opponent, which more often than not comes back to haunt a team in the world of sports.

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February 04, 2010
  Dinos win, eye hosting CW final fourPDF files may take a moment to load

The Dinos men's volleyball team got back to their winning ways over the weekend, scoring a pair of victories over the University of Regina Cougars. After a mediocre showing last week against the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds, a match-up with the Cougars was just what the Dinos needed to get back on track. They were dominant over the weekend, taking six of seven sets from a pitiful Regina squad who remain winless on the season.

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January 28, 2010
  Women's volleyball face tough stretch to end seasonPDF files may take a moment to load

The Dinos didn't win a game last weekend, but head coach Jesse Knight is happy with the way his team is improving at this point in the season. The University of British Columbia Thunderbirds swept the Dinos in straight sets, but there's really no shame in losing to a team that is 15-0, ranked first in the country and has only lost seven sets so far this year.

"I'm a really big believer in power hitters tend to win championships [and] we were able to hold [UBC's] power hitters to low percentages," Knight says.

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October 22, 2009
  Dino Cup in hand, Dinos start regular seasonPDF files may take a moment to load

The Dinos won their eighth Husky Dino Cup after defeating the vaunted NCAA div. 1 UCLA Bruins in straight sets Saturday.

A Husky Dino Cup victory and a NCAA opponent lying on the wayside, this means a lot right?

"Not much, really. It's just the pre-season," says third-year Dino Graham Vigrass. "It's good to see where we are and where we have to be. Winning this is not what we're playing for. But it obviously tells us we're on the right track."

Oh.

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October 22, 2009
  Pandas first test for DinosPDF files may take a moment to load

With two more pre-season victories under their belt, the Dinos women's volleyball squad is ready to start the season -- well, as ready as they're going to be to head to Edmonton and take on the fifth-ranked team in the nation, the University of Alberta Pandas.

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