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April 15, 2004
  Best of the best?PDF files may take a moment to load

Allow me to be the first to admit it: I was wrong. Funny thing is, I've never been happier to be wrong in my entire life.

It all goes back to Dino Cup weekend.

I was perched in the press box, looking down on the Jack Simpson Gymnasium, chatting with Cameron Maxwell from the Calgary Sun as we waited for the Dinos women's volleyball team to kick off their season against their arch-rivals, the University of Alberta Pandas. Small talk gave way to shop talk and we began prognosticating.

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April 15, 2004
  A strange bondPDF files may take a moment to load

Championship teams are always tight-knit groups built on close relationships, trust and lifelong friendships. Few things compare to the unity shared by teammates, never mind champions. Those kind of bonds comes from a variety of places, but in the case of the national champion Dinos women's volleyball squad, it's a little unorthodox.

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April 15, 2004
  Going out on topPDF files may take a moment to load

In team sports, it is very rare for a coach to openly acknowledge they have built a team around a particular player. By doing so, there is the danger of marginalizing other players or putting too much pressure on that one player. Despite that, Dinos women's volleyball Head Coach Kevin Boyles has often referred to Amanda Moppett as the cornerstone of the program over the course of this, her fifth and final season.

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April 15, 2004
  Women's VolleyballPDF files may take a moment to load

Talent
The quality and quantity of both the depth and elite talent on this squad
are a testament to Kevin Boyles and the program he has built. With BLG Award nominee
Joanna Niemczewska leading the way, the Dinos had multiple threats at every position
all season long.

Coaching
The fact that Kevin Boyles has yet to win CIS Women's Volleyball Coach of
the Year award is a travesty. Oh well, Laurie Eisler can keep her personal accolades--Boyles
is happy with his championship ring.

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March 11, 2004
  A Golden SeasonPDF files may take a moment to load

It was early evening and I sat in my hotel room in Laval, Quebec. My roommate
for the weekend was in the shower, getting ready for dinner. I sat on my bed,
while a dejected Amanda Moppett and her father sat on the bed across from me.

The then fourth-year Dino was drained, physically and emotionally, as it was
mere hours after the volleysaurs were eliminated from the national title hunt
by the upstart University of Winnipeg Wesmen. The mood was sombre, the conversation

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March 04, 2004
  Three more matchesPDF files may take a moment to load

It's not quite what they wanted, but the Dinos will take their Canada West silver medal with an eye on the ultimate prize.

"With all that went on up there, from bad calls to playing in U of A's gym to the injury to Jo, to play as well as we did is definitely a real positive," said Dinos women's volleyball Head Coach Kevin Boyles. "I think we are more confident and more driven because of it."

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February 26, 2004
  Going out in stylePDF files may take a moment to load

With the crowd on its feet and applause ringing in their ears, Amanda Moppett and Jill Friend played their last home matches in style, closing out a weekend sweep over the University of Winnipeg Wesmen Feb. 20-21.

"It was perfect, I couldn't have asked for anything better," said Moppett, who has started all 127 matches the Dinos have played in her five years with the team. "The last minute, the standing ovation--it was unbelievable."

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February 12, 2004
  Volleysaurs on the vergePDF files may take a moment to load

Seven more wins. All they need to capture that elusive national crown are seven more wins. Problem is, it's not going to be easy.

"We're in a conference where six of the top seven teams in the country are competing for three berths at nationals," explained Dinos women's volleyball Head Coach Kevin Boyles of the ludicrously competitive Canada West Conference.

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January 29, 2004
  Poor bastards had no chancePDF files may take a moment to load

I still remember the shortest volleyball match I ever witnessed. It was Sat., Nov. 17, 2001 and the University of Calgary Dinos women's team embarrassed the Trinity Western University Spartans 3-0 in a mere 31 minutes. They actually took the second set 25-6. Needless to say, Trinity doesn't like coming to Calgary.

Which brings us to the pair of matches Jan. 23-24 at the Jack Simpson Gymnasium.

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October 23, 2003
  New Women's Volleyball CoachPDF files may take a moment to load

Behind every strong man is a strong woman--or so the adage goes. While this is often used in reference to politicians and their significant others, it could well be tweaked to fit this year's installment of the Dinos women's volleyball team.

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