BLACKBERRY - CIS TOP 10 TUESDAY (#7) Women’s soccer moves to No. 2, Men’s volleyball No. 1 in preseason polls

CIS TOP 10 RANKINGS
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2011
SOCCER, VOLLEYBALL, CROSS COUNTRY

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BLACKBERRY - CIS TOP 10 TUESDAY (#7)
Women’s soccer moves to No. 2, Men’s volleyball No. 1 in preseason polls

LANGLEY, British Columbia –
The Trinity Western women’s soccer team moved up to No. 2 in the latest CIS Top 10 following a 1-1 draw with UBC while the Spartans men’s volleyball team will open the 2011-12 season as the No. 1 team in the country and the women’s volleyball team will start the year ranked No. 10. After a 3-2 loss to Victoria and a 2-1 win over Fraser Valley, the men’s soccer team fell out of the Top 10 rankings while both cross country teams remain unranked.

The women’s soccer team saw its record eight-game winning streak come to an end last weekend but managed to extend its unbeaten streak to nine games after salvaging a draw with a Sarah-Kim Bergeron tying goal in the 80th minute. The Spartans are now 8-1-1 on the year and sit atop the Canada West standings, one point ahead of Alberta. Trinity Western will host Saskatchewan and Alberta this Friday and Saturday in its final regular season home stand of the year.  

The men’s soccer team, on the road for a pair of games, suffered a 3-2 loss to Victoria on Saturday but then recovered with a 2-1 win against Fraser Valley the following afternoon. The Spartans are now 5-3-2 on the year and in fourth place in Canada West. They will host Saskatchewan Friday and Alberta Saturday.

As the reigning national champions, the Trinity Western men’s volleyball team comes into the 2011-12 season as the No. 1 ranked team in the country. The women’s team, following a third place finish at last year’s nationals will start the season at No. 10. Both teams will open their Canada West schedules on the road against Saskatchewan Oct. 29-30.

The Spartans cross country teams did not race this past weekend and both teams are still unranked. The teams will compete in the UBC Invitational at Jericho Beach in Vancouver Oct. 22.

In soccer, there are changes at the top in both the women’s and men’s CIS rankings.

On the women’s side, the undefeated Montreal Carabins (9-0-1) take over at No. 1 for the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks (10-2-0), who lost back-to-back games this past weekend, 1-0 to Waterloo and 2-1 to Windsor, after opening the regular schedule with 10 straight wins. Laurier falls to No. 5 in the new Top 10.

In men’s competition, the reigning CIS champion York Lions (10-1-3) return to the top after falling behind the UBC Thunderbirds a week ago. UBC (6-1-3) lost its first conference match of the campaign on Sunday, 1-0 to Victoria.

In women’s volleyball, the UBC Thunderbirds were a logical choice at No. 1. The T-Birds, who open the Canada West season at Regina on Oct. 28, are vying for a remarkable fifth straight CIS title this year.

Alberta, Laval, Manitoba and Saint Mary’s complete the leading quintet.

In men’s volleyball, the Trinity Western Spartans are looking for a second consecutive CIS banner after their triumph on home court last March.

Canada West rivals Alberta, Manitoba, Calgary and UBC follow in order in the inaugural coaches’ poll.

In cross country, Guelph tops both men’s and women’s rankings for the fourth consecutive week. The Gryphons have captured the last six CIS women’s titles and five straight men’s banners – both all-time records.

WOMEN’S SOCCER
(regular season record) / (votes) / (previous rankings)

1. Montreal (9-0-1) / 50 points / (2)
2. Trinity Western (8-1-1) / 44 / (3)
3. Queen’s (12-1-1) / 38 / (6)
4. UBC (7-1-2) / 32 / (5)
5. Wilfrid Laurier (10-2-0) / 26 / (1)
6. Alberta (8-2-0) / 21 / (7)
7. UPEI (8-1-0) / 20 / (4)
8. Sherbrooke (7-1-2) / 16 / (8)
9. Toronto (10-1-3) / 14 / (9)
10. Ottawa (10-3-1) / 9 / (10)

Other teams receiving votes: Saint Mary’s (5), Windsor (2).

MEN’S SOCCER
(regular season record) / (previous rankings)

1. York (10-1-3) / 60 points / (2)
2. UBC (6-1-3) / 50 / (1)
3. Carleton (10-2-0) / 46 / (4)
4. Cape Breton (7-1-1) / 43 / (3)
5. Laval (6-2-1) / 31 / (6)
6. McMaster (8-2-4) / 27 / (7)
7. StFX (5-1-3) / 25 / (5)
8. Victoria (6-2-2) / 20 / (NR)
9. Toronto (8-2-1) / 19 / (9)
10. McGill (5-2-1) / 8 / (10)

WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL
(regular season record) / (votes) / (previous rankings)

1. UBC (0-0) / 60 points / (-)
2. Alberta (0-0) / 56 / (-)
3. Laval (0-0) / 50 / (-)
4. Manitoba (0-0) / 44.5 / (-)
5. Saint Mary’s (0-0) / 44 / (-)
6. Winnipeg (0-0) / 37.5 / (-)
T7. Montreal (0-0) / 32.5 / (-)
T7. McGill (0-0) / 32.5 / (-)
9. Calgary (0-0) / 25 / (-)
10. Trinity Western (0-0) / 22 / (-)

Next highest vote getters: Dalhousie (20), Regina (17), Brandon (15), Ottawa (12), StFX (4), Toronto (4).

MEN’S VOLLEYBALL
(regular season record) / (votes) / (previous rankings)

1. Trinity Western (0-0) / 250 points / (-)
2. Alberta (0-0) / 220 / (-)
3. Manitoba (0-0) / 163 / (-)
4. Calgary (0-0) / 147 / (-)
5. UBC (0-0) / 144 / (-)
6. Laval (0-0) / 93 / (-)
7. Dalhousie (0-0) / 85 / (-)
8. Brandon (0-0) / 82 / (-)
9. Western Ontario (0-0) / 65 / (-)
10. Thompson Rivers (0-0) / 60 / (-)

WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY
(points) / (previous rankings)

1. Guelph 95.3 points / (1)
2. McMaster 86.7 / (2)
3. Victoria 78.0 / (3)
4. Saskatchewan 59.3 / (5)
5. Western Ontario 55.3 / (4)
6. McGill 42.7 / (6)
7. Calgary 39.3 / (8)
8. Dalhousie 30.7 / (7)
9. Queen’s 20.7 / (9)
10. Alberta 10.0 / (NR)

MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY
(points) / (previous rankings)

1. Guelph 99.3 points / (1)
2. Windsor 90.0 / (2)
T3. Western Ontario 60.0 / (3)
T3. McMaster 60.0 / (5)
5. Victoria 55.0 / (6)
6. Queen’s 52.1 / (4)
7. Laval 45.7 / (8)
8. Regina 35.7 / (7)
9. Calgary 22.1 / (9)
10. Toronto 7.9 / (10)

-CIS-

Last Updated: 2011-10-18
Author: Mark Janzen