BLACKBERRY - CIS TOP 10 TUESDAY (#13) Men’s volleyball remains No. 1, Women’s volleyball up to No. 9

CIS TOP 10 RANKINGS
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 2011
VOLLEYBALL, BASKETBALL, SWIMMING

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BLACKBERRY - CIS TOP 10 TUESDAY (#13)
Men’s volleyball remains No. 1, Women’s volleyball up to No. 9

LANGLEY, British Columbia –
The Trinity Western men’s volleyball team remained No. 1 in the latest CIS Top 10 after they scored a pair of straight-set wins over UBC Okanagan to move to 8-0 in Canada West play, while the TWU women’s volleyball team moved up to No. 9 after also pulling off back-to-back straight-set wins over the Heat to move to 6-2 on the season. Both men’s and women’s basketball and swimming teams remained unranked.

With the pair of three-set wins in its final home weekend of 2011, the men’s volleyball team has now been forced to play in just one five-set match during the regular season – a 3-2 win over Saskatchewan in its season opener – and is currently 16-1 against CIS competition all year, including preseason.

Following its sweep of UBC-O, the women’s volleyball team has won four straight and have now won 11 sets in a row, going back to their opening game against Regina two weeks ago.

Both teams will travel to Thompson Rivers to take on the WolfPack in their final regular season games of 2011.

While the Spartans women’s basketball team remained unranked, they did pull off its most impressive win in the last two years this past weekend as they knocked off previously No. 5, now No. 7, Alberta 66-65. The following night in Saskatchewan, they lost 62-49 to the Huskies but, in what is one of the most difficult road trips in the CIS in terms of travel and competition, they showed their mettle against some of the best in the country. The Spartans, who enter the Christmas break with a 3-5 record, are next in action Dec. 29 when they host Simon Fraser in a non-conference match at the Langley Events Centre.

The men’s basketball team dropped both of its games on the road this past weekend, falling to No. 6 Alberta 87-77 and No. 4 Saskatchewan 98-73. The Spartans, who go into the break with a 2-6 record, will travel to California for a pair of non-conference games against Point Loma, Dec. 19, and Azusa Pacific, Dec. 21.

Both Spartans swimming teams did not compete this past weekend. They will get back in the pool Dec. 2-4 for the Richmond Rapids Invitational at Watermania in Richmond, B.C.

This week, the only new team atop its respective rankings in sports TWU participates is the Dalhousie Tigers men’s swimming team who dethrones Toronto at No. 1.

In other CIS sports, Regina (women’s basketball), Carleton (men’s basketball), Calgary (women’s swimming), UBC (women’s volleyball) and Trinity Western (men’s volleyball) all maintained their No. 1 status. All except Regina are reigning CIS champions.

In women’s basketball, the top-ranked Cougars improved to 7-0 in conference play over the past weekend thanks to a 91-66 victory over CIS newcomer UBC Okanagan and a close-fought 83-78 win against Thompson Rivers.

In men’s hoops, Carleton (6-0) also survived a close call last weekend. The Ravens easily beat Guelph 98-55 on Friday night but got all they could handle from No. 3 Lakehead Saturday in Thunder Bay before prevailing 88-85.

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

1. Trinity Western (8-0) / 260 points (26) / (1)
2. Manitoba (9-1) / 226 (1) / (3)
3. Alberta (7-1) / 215 / (2)
4. Laval (9-0) / 168 / (4)
5. UBC (6-2) / 148 / (5)
6. Calgary (5-5) / 142 / (6)
7. Western Ontario (8-0) / 131 / (7)
8. Brandon (3-7) / 54 / (8)
9. UBC Okanagan (3-5) / 30 / (9)
10. Guelph (6-1) / 29 / (NR)

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

1. UBC (8-0) / 60 points / (1)
2. Alberta (6-2) / 54.5 / (2)
3. Saint Mary’s (8-0) / 51 / (3)
4. Winnipeg (8-2) / 47.5 / (4)
5. Manitoba (7-3) / 45.5 / (5)
6. Montreal (7-2) / 41.5 / (7)
7. Laval (6-3) / 36 / (6)
8. York (9-0) / 31 / (T8)
9. Trinity Western (6-2) / 29 / (10)
10. Calgary (4-6) / 22 / (NR)

Next highest vote getters: Dalhousie (19), McGill (19), Brandon (10), Ottawa (5.5), Queen’s (3).

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

1. Carleton (6-0) / 515 pts (43) / (1)
2. StFX (4-0) / 473 (1) / (2)
3. Lakehead (5-1) / 415 / (3)
4. Saskatchewan (5-2) / 377 / (5)
5. Victoria (8-0) / 351 / (6)
6. Alberta (6-2) / 278 / (7)
7. UBC (4-2) / 234 / (4)
8. Wilfrid Laurier (6-0) / 225 / (9)
9. Fraser Valley (5-3) / 127 / (8)
10. Concordia (3-0) / 108 / (NR)

Other teams receiving votes: UPEI (61), McMaster (35), Ottawa (19).

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

1. Regina (7-0) / 456 pts (38) / (1)
2. Carleton (4-2) / 404 / (4)
3. Windsor (4-2) / 360 / (3)
4. UBC (4-2) / 358 / (2)
5. Saskatchewan (4-3) / 311 / (6)
6. Brock (6-0) / 258 / (8)
7. Alberta (6-2) / 203 / (5)
8. Toronto (5-1) / 177 / (10)
9. Cape Breton (3-2) / 161 / (7)
10. Acadia (4-1) / 153 / (9)
 
Other teams receiving votes: Ottawa (73), Fraser Valley (34).

MEN’S SWIMMING
(points) / (previous rankings)

1. Dalhousie 443 points / (5)
2. McGill 395 / (10)
3. Calgary 357 / (2)
4. Toronto 330 / (1)
5. Alberta 216 / (3)
6. UBC 211 / (4)
7. Guelph 179 / (T7)
8. McMaster 163 / (6)
9. Ottawa 159 / (9)
10. Laval 157 / (T7)

WOMEN’S SWIMMING
(points) / (previous rankings)

1. Calgary 515 points / (1)
2. Toronto 410 / (2)
3. Dalhousie 351 / (NR)
4. UBC 284 / (3)
5. Alberta 161 / (4)
6. McGill 153 / (NR)
7. Ottawa 148 / (6)
8. Western Ontario 147 / (5)
9. Laval 137 / (8)
10. McMaster 123 / (7)

-CIS-

Last Updated: 2011-11-29
Author: Mark Janzen