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January 30, 2003
  Another playoff berthPDF files may take a moment to load

The regular season is over but a new season begins. The lady Dinos are about to engage in the post season, a stretch where new rules apply and whatever happened before does not matter.

One advantage Calgary has is momentum. After winning back-to-back weekends including a win over Regina and a recent win over Simon Fraser University where the Dinos took both matches in straight sets--Calgary is on a high. If the Dinos can stay focused in time for playoffs, a shot at the national title will be closer than ever.

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January 23, 2003
  Dinos beat Regina, prove nothing. Now it's time to sever tiesPDF files may take a moment to load

Over the weekend the men's volleyball team treated the slightly more-lowly Regina Cougars to a 6-0 beating. Big deal. I am happy for the Dinos, but I hope that beating the Cougars doesn't serve as false confidence or a sign of being "back on track." Beating Regina never really means anything. Losing to Regina means you are hurting. The Dinos aren't hurting. Yet.

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January 23, 2003
  Cougars: the other white meatPDF files may take a moment to load

The regular season is nearing an end and the Dinos women's volleyball team is still pulling out the wins. Following in the men's footsteps the ladies were able to sweep the University of Regina Cougars this past weekend in two straight matches.

The Dinos came out looking strong all weekend long but started to burn out fast after ten points, allowing the Cougars to jump back into the games. Games the Dinos should have easily taken, became drawn out, and the Dinos found themselves fighting to take the sets.

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January 16, 2003
  Zhukov or not, the Dinos lose againPDF files may take a moment to load

Hawaii Five 0-2: that's the line on the Dinos men's volleyball team after a weird weekend series against Manitoba. The Dinos continued their futility in their first game back from the holiday break against the Canada West powerhouse Bisons, who despite their obvious disregard for good grammar (who's their rival, the octopuses?) looked like a team that is ready to make a comeback to the top of the CIS ranks.

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January 16, 2003
  Ladies return on fire but extinguish in EdmontonPDF files may take a moment to load

After a well deserved holiday break the lady Dinos returned to the hard court on January 3-4 to take on the reigning national champions, the Manitoba Bisons.

This match up should have had greatness written all over, after all, this was the rematch of the national finals held in Quebec City last year. Instead the fans saw Calgary blow out Manitoba.

The Dinos came out on fire and manhandled the Bisons in three straight sets two nights in a row. Unfortunately, this was not for a national title.

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December 05, 2002
  Volleyball ladies make a climb for the topPDF files may take a moment to load

Like climbing Everest, the challenge of getting to the top is never easy, especially with an inexperienced team. But inexperience is not stopping these Dinos from climbing to the top of their division.

Calgary was able to take both matches this weekend against the University of Saskatchewan, a team desperately fighting to stay in playoff contention. But the Dinos were ready... somewhat.

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November 28, 2002
  V-ball results expose deeper inadequaciesPDF files may take a moment to load

First, the good news. The Dinos men's volleyball team came back from two embarrassing losses to the U of A Golden Bears to split a pair of 3-2 matches against the UBC Thunderbirds.

The bad news? The weekend split meant the Dinos lost to UBC again, a feat no one but Calgary has managed to accomplish this season.

The 3-5 Dinos are certainly in trouble. Calgary did come back to beat UBC after losing the previous night, but a program of the U of C's calibre should not be in that position in the first place.

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November 21, 2002
  Golden Bears maul feeble DinosPDF files may take a moment to load

Have you ever seen that part of Billy Madison where Adam Sandler plays dodge-ball with all the young school-kids? If you're like me, you laughed your ass off because it was a movie, but knew that in real life it would be terrible. Well, for those of us that wondered what it would be like to actually watch the severe beating of an unsuspecting bunch of kids, the weekend's matches between the Dinos men's volleyball team and the U of A Golden Bears were the closest possible example.

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November 21, 2002
  Dinos topple the top seed two weeks runningPDF files may take a moment to load

This weekend's performance reminded me of the Simpsons episode where they filmed a Radioactive Man movie in Springfield. In one scene, Radioactive Man gets hit with a 40 foot wall of sulfuric acid and you then hear him yell: "My eyes... the goggles; they do nothing." Watching the Dinos play the U of A made me think: "the Pandas; they do nothing."

For two consecutive weekends the Dinos have been able to take down the number one ranked team in Canada, which makes them legitimate giant killers.

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November 14, 2002
  Coach Ryan takes the Brian Mulroney approachPDF files may take a moment to load

Got a problem? Throw some money at it and it'll go away. That is how the most famous chin in Canadian politics ran the show in the '80s and '90s, and apparently, Dinos Head Coach Greg Ryan was paying attention.

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