BLACKBERRY - CIS TOP 10 TUESDAY (#9) Men’s volleyball No. 1, Women’s soccer No. 2, Women’s volleyball No. 6

CIS TOP 10 RANKINGS
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 2011
SOCCER, VOLLEYBALL, BASKETBALL CROSS COUNTRY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

BLACKBERRY - CIS TOP 10 TUESDAY (#9)
Men’s volleyball No. 1, Women’s soccer No. 2, Women’s volleyball No. 6

LANGLEY, British Columbia –
The Trinity Western women’s soccer team capped an impressive 2011-12 regular season with back-to-back wins over Lethbridge, 2-0, and Calgary, 2-1 as the Spartans captured top spot in Canada West with a 12-1-1 record and maintained their No. 2 CIS ranking. Meanwhile, on the volleyball court, both the men’s and women’s teams swept their weekends in Saskatchewan, which kept the men’s team at No. 1 and vaulted the women’s team to No. 6. In the opening men’s basketball rankings, the Spartans are No. 8.

The Spartans women’s soccer team actually was tied with Montreal for top spot in the country but deferred to the Carabins because the Quebec side was the previous No. 1. Trinity Western will host the Canada West Final Four this weekend starting Friday when they will play Victoria at 5:00 p.m.

On the men’s soccer side, the unranked Spartans earned a pair of 1-0 victories against Lethbridge and Calgary to earn a spot in the playoffs as they finished third in the conference with an 8-4-2 record. They will play No. 5 UBC in the semifinal Nov. 5 at 12:00 p.m. in Victoria.

Following 3-2 and 3-1 wins over Saskatchewan, the men’s volleyball team stayed atop the CIS rankings. They will have a week off before traveling to play currently No. 9 Brandon Nov. 11-12.

The women’s volleyball team posted 3-0 and 3-1 wins over Saskatchewan and thus leapt from No. 10 to No. 6. They will also have a week off before traveling to play Brandon Nov. 11-12.

On the basketball court, last year’s silver medal winning men’s Spartans team will open the season No. 8 in the nation, while the women’s team starts the year unranked. Both teams will kick off the year Nov. 4-5 when they host Victoria.

The cross country teams remained unranked as only two members of the Spartans squads, Blair Johnston and Fiona Benson, ran this weekend in the B.C. Provincial Club Championships. Both Johnston and Benson won their respective junior division race.The team will next race in the CIS Championships in Laval Nov. 12.

The reigning national champion Carleton Ravens top the inaugural CIS men’s basketball rankings of the 2011-12 season, while the Regina Cougars open the campaign at No. 1 in women’s hoops, ahead of the defending champ Windsor Lancers.

On the men’s side, the Ravens received 40 of 41 first-place votes from CIS coaches to distance the No. 2 St. Francis Xavier X-Men, who earned the remaining first-place nod, No. 3 Saskatchewan, No. 4 Lakehead, No. 5 UBC, No. 6 Alberta, No. 7 Fraser Valley, No. 8 Trinity Western, No. 9 Windsor and No. 10 Wilfrid Laurier.

The Ravens, who claimed their seventh W.P. McGee trophy in nine years last March in Halifax with a convincing 82-59 win over Trinity Western in the CIS final, looked as dominant as ever this fall in pre-season action. Carleton kept an impressive 5-4 record versus NCAA competition before going a perfect 6-for-6 against CIS opponents, winning these six contests by an average of 39 points.

The 2011-12 Ravens return most of their championship line-up from a year ago, led by reigning CIS MVP Tyson Hinz, CIS rookie of the year Philip Scrubb and defensive standout Cole Hobin. The trio recently represented Canada at the Pan Am Games in Mexico, where Scrubb exploded for 35 points in an overtime victory over Argentina. Hinz and Hobin also helped Canada capture a silver medal at the Summer Universiade in China.

Carleton opens OUA conference play on Nov. 11-12 with games at McMaster and Brock.

The CIS men’s basketball regular schedule kicks off this weekend with 11 matches out West and a pair in the Atlantic.

On the women’s side, the first-place votes were split between Regina (22), Windsor (11) and UBC (1) in the inaugural coaches’ poll.

The Cougars emerged as the early season favourites thanks to 390 points compared to 384 for the Lancers. Rounding out the Top 10 are No. 3 Carleton, No. 4 Saskatchewan, No. 5 UBC, No. 6 Cape Breton, No. 7 Acadia, No. 8 Alberta, No. 9 Fraser Valley and No. 10 Ottawa.

Regina and Windsor were both impressive against CIS opponents in pre-season action, going 10-1 and 5-1, respectively. However, the Cougars, who lost by three points to Saskatchewan in last year’s Canada West title match, dominated the Lancers 84-61 on Sunday on the final day of the Dino Classic in Calgary.

Despite the setback, the Lancers are confident they can repeat as national champions this season, after claiming the first Bronze Baby trophy in program history last spring. The Blue and Gold will once again be led by Jessica Clemençon, the reigning CIS player of the year, Miah-Marie Langlois, the 2011 CIS tournament MVP who represented Canada at the Summer Universiade, and Korissa Williams, who wore the Maple Leaf at the 2011 FIBA U19 world championship in Chile.  

The CIS regular season gets under way this weekend in Canada West and in the AUS, including a duel between No. 4 Saskatchewan and the No. 1 Cougars, Saturday, in Regina.


Meanwhile, Guelph (women’s & men’s cross country), Montreal (women’s soccer), York (men’s soccer), UBC (women’s volleyball) and Trinity Western (men’s volleyball) all held on to their No. 1 positions.

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

1. Montreal (12-0-2) / 46 points / (1) *
2. Trinity Western (12-1-1) / 46 / (2)
3. UBC (1-1-2) / 39 / (3)
4. Queen’s (13-1-2 / 1-0) / 38 / (4)
5. Wilfrid Laurier (12-2-0 / 1-0) / 31 / (5)
6. Ottawa (12-3-1 / 1-0) / 22 / (8)
7. UPEI (11-1-1) / 20 / (6)
8. Sherbrooke (10-2-2) / 14 / (7)
9. Alberta (9-4-1) / 11 / (9)
T10. McGill (8-3-3) / 3 / (NR)
T10. McMaster (8-5-1 / 1-0) / 3 / (NR)

* Montreal edges Trinity Western for No. 1 thanks to a higher ranking the previous week.

Other teams receiving votes: Saint Mary’s (2), Toronto (1), Victoria (1).

MEN’S SOCCER
(regular season / playoff records) / (previous rankings)

1. York (12-1-3 / 1-0) / 59 points / (1)
2. Cape Breton (10-1-2) / 50 / (2)
3. Victoria (10-2-2) / 49 / (5)
4. Carleton (11-3-0 / 1-0) / 39 / (6)
5. UBC (7-1-6) / 33 / (3)
6. Montreal (8-1-3) / 27 / (10)
7. McMaster (10-2-4 / 1-0) / 26 / (7)
8. Toronto (10-2-2 / 1-0) / 25/ (8)
9. StFX (7-3-3) / 9 / (9)
10. McGill (7-3-2) / 8 / (NR)

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

1. UBC (2-0) / 60 points / (1)
2. Alberta (0-0) / 56 / (2)
3. Manitoba (2-0) / 52 / (4)
T4. Saint Mary’s (3-0) / 44 / (5)
T4. Montreal (1-0) / 44 / (8)
6. Trinity Western (2-0) / 40 / (10)
7. McGill (1-1) / 38 / (7)
8. Winnipeg (1-1) / 28 / (6)
9. Laval (0-1) / 27 / (3)
10. Dalhousie (3-0) / 23 / (NR)

Next highest vote getters: Calgary (18), UBC O (16.5), York (16), Waterloo (9.5), Ottawa (3).

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

1. Trinity Western (2-0) / 260 points (26) / (1)
2. Alberta (0-0) / 226 / (2)
3. Manitoba (2-0) / 217 (1) / (3)
4. UBC (2-0) / 169 / (5)
5. Calgary (1-1) / 155 / (4)
6. Laval (3-0) / 143 / (6)
7. Western Ontario (2-0) / 79 / (9)
8. Thompson Rivers (1-1) / 71 / (10)
9. Brandon (0-2) / 69 / (8)
10. Dalhousie (1-2) / 54 / (7)

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL
(regular season record) / votes (first-place votes) / (previous rankings)

1. Regina (0-0) / 390 pts (22) / (-)
2. Windsor (0-0) / 384 (11) / (-)
3. Carleton (0-0) / 301 / (-)
4. Saskatchewan (0-0) / 268 / (-)
5. UBC (0-0) / 263 (1) / (-)
6. Cape Breton (0-0) / 219 / (-)
7. Acadia (0-0) / 204 / (-)
8. Alberta (0-0) / 163 / (-)
9. Fraser Valley (0-0) / 86 / (-)
10. Ottawa (0-0) / 57 / (-)
 
Other teams receiving votes: Toronto (55), Western (54), Laval (45), StFX (26), Memorial (23).

MEN’S BASKETBALL
(regular season record) / votes (first-place votes) / (previous rankings)

1. Carleton (0-0) / 522 pts (40) / (-)
2. StFX (0-0) / 449 (1) / (-)
3. Saskatchewan (0-0) / 448 / (-)
4. Lakehead (0-0) / 376 / (-)
5. UBC (0-0) / 309 / (-)
6. Alberta (0-0) / 237 / (-)
7. Fraser Valley (0-0) / 235 / (-)
8. Trinity Western (0-0) / 133 / (-)
9. Windsor (0-0) / 124 / (-)
10. Wilfrid Laurier (0-0) / 116 / (-)

Other teams receiving votes: Ottawa (112), Concordia (111), Calgary (93).

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

1. Guelph 98.7 points / (1)
2. McMaster 88.0 / (2)
3. Victoria 80.7 / (3)
4. Saskatchewan 58.0 / (4)
5. Western Ontario 56.7 / (6)
6. McGill 43.3 / (5)
7. Calgary 32.0 / (7)
8. Dalhousie 28.7 / (9)
9. Windsor 18.0 / (NR)
10. Queen’s 15.3 / (8)

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

1. Guelph 90.0 points / (1)
2. Windsor 82.5 / (2)
3. Victoria 70.0 / (4)
4. Queen’s 65.6 / (6)
5. Laval 50.6 / (7)
6. McMaster 42.5 / (3)
7. Calgary 36.3 / (9)
8. Toronto 34.4 / (10)
9. Regina 22.5 / (8)
10. Western Ontario 16.9 / (5)





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Last Updated: 2011-11-01
Author: Mark Janzen