As challenging as Super Mario Bros

By Sean Nyilassy

The Dinos women’s volleyball team played with the University of Saskatchewan Huskies like they were 12-year-olds with a brand-spanking-new video game Nov. 4-5. Irrelevant analogy you wonder? They never are.

In Friday’s first set, the Dinos got all wrapped up in the world of the new game, letting the Huskies control them for much of the set. But before it was too late, the Dinos began to battle with the idea that you play the game, not the other way around. They got their stride back and, despite being down 22-24, worked through their dilemma to finally pull off a 33-31 win.

With a new feel for controlling their characters, the Dinos quickly beat the second set 25-14. While the third set was a bit more of a struggle, mother’s incessant bed-time calls inspired a five-point run late in the set, pushing the Dinos far enough ahead to seal a 25-17 win.

Holly Harper and Lauren Perry were the Dinos’ leading killers, with 15 and 13 respectively. Julie Young, Natalie Schwartz and Neda Boroumand each had 10 digs.

The Dinos awoke on Saturday with new motivation and determination in their battle against the Huskie machine. They busted out a first-set combo that left the dogs hurting to the tune of 25-15.

The Dinos hit a difficult stage in the second set, falling behind 13-8. Luckily, some solid blocks and kills on the Dinos side–and perhaps a grilled cheese to satisfy that hunger–put the set in the Dinos’ laps 25-19.

As the third set ran its course, the inevitable boredom following hours of staring at a television set in. The Dinos were killing their merry way to a win when the Huskies threw one last bomb. But the Dinos yawned it off, letting the Huskies to within four points before finishing off the set 25-19.

Harper led the game with 13 kills while Young and Perry added 13 and 10 digs respectively.

The Dinos take a reading break like the rest of us, returning to regular season action Nov. 18-19 in the Jack Simpson Gymnasium against the University of Alberta Pandas. The matches start at 6 p.m. and should be doozies, so don’t miss ’em.

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