BLACKBERRY - CIS TOP 10 TUESDAY (#14) Men’s volleyball remains No. 1, Women’s volleyball drops to No. 10

CIS TOP 10 RANKINGS
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2011
VOLLEYBALL, BASKETBALL, SWIMMING

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

BLACKBERRY - CIS TOP 10 TUESDAY (#14)
Men’s volleyball remains No. 1, Women’s volleyball drops to No. 10

LANGLEY, British Columbia –
The Trinity Western men’s volleyball team completed a perfect 10-0 fall semester by beating Thompson Rivers 3-2 Friday and 3-0 Saturday as they remained No.1 in the CIS Top 10. The Spartans women’s volleyball team split with TRU, losing 3-2 Friday and winning 3-1 Saturday, and will now enter the Christmas break ranked No. 10 in the CIS.

Both the men’s and women’s basketball teams were idle and remained unranked while both swimming teams were in action this past weekend in Richmond, B.C. but also remained unranked.

The men’s volleyball team is off to its best start in program history and for the first time will enter the break with an unblemished record in Canada West play. Including preseason, the Spartans are now 18-1 against CIS competition with their only loss coming against UBC Okanagan in their third preseason game of the year.

After losing on Friday night to TRU in five set, the Spartans women’s volleyball team was much better Saturday as they rallied to beat the WolfPack 3-1. Their 7-3 record has them tied for third in Canada West.

Both volleyball teams will be back in action Jan. 13-14 when they host Alberta at the David E. Enarson Gymnasium on the Trinity Western University campus.

The men’s basketball team (2-6) and the women’s basketball team (3-5) both enter the break unranked and will be back on the court Jan. 6-7 when they host Lethbridge and Calgary.

The Spartans swim teams, who competed at the Richmond Rapids SwimFast 2011 this weekend both remained unranked.

Spartans men’s swimmers Christian Desjarlais and Patrick Loftus, who did not compete this past weekend, will be in the pool next week when they participate in the Paul Bergen International in Tualatin Hills, OR Dec. 9-11.

The Alberta Golden Bears swimming team was the lone team to make a jump to No. 1 amongst sports played by Trinity Western while Regina (women’s basketball), Carleton (men’s basketball), Calgary (women’s swimming), UBC (women’s volleyball) and the Spartans (men’s volleyball) all maintained their No. 1 status.

In women’s basketball, Regina leads the way for the sixth time in as many coaches’ polls this season. The Cougars had wrapped up the fall portion of their regular schedule two weeks ago and head into the December break with an unblemished 7-0 conference record.

In men’s hoops, Carleton (8-0) also heads into the break with a perfect league mark thanks to a 102-53 rout of Waterloo and an 84-68 win over previously undefeated and eighth-ranked Laurier. The reigning national champion Ravens were a unanimous No. 1 choice for the first time this season, receiving all 44 first-place nods from CIS coaches this week.

In women’s volleyball, the top two teams in the country split a two-game series in Edmonton over the weekend. Second-ranked Alberta (7-3) prevailed 3-2 on Friday to hand No. 1 UBC (9-1) its first regular season loss in 11 months, but the reigning four-time CIS champion Thunderbirds rebounded the following night with a four-set win.

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

1. Trinity Western (10-0) / 260 points (26) / (1)
2. Manitoba (9-1) / 233 (1) / (2)
3. Alberta (8-2) / 190 / (3)
4. UBC (7-3) / 172 / (5)
5. Laval (10-0) / 168 / (4)
6. Western Ontario (9-0) / 133 / (7)
7. Calgary (7-5) / 132 / (6)
8. Brandon (5-7) / 73 / (8)
9. McMaster (7-2) / 31 / (NR)
10. UBC Okanagan (3-7) / 21 / (9)

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

1. UBC (9-1) / 60 points / (1)
2. Alberta (7-3) / 56 / (2)
T3. Saint Mary’s (9-0) / 50 / (3)
T3. Winnipeg (10-2) / 50 / (4)
5. Manitoba (7-3) / 43 / (5)
6. Montreal (7-2) / 41 / (6)
7. Laval (6-3) / 36 / (7)
8. York (9-0) / 30 / (8)
9. Calgary (6-6) / 27.5 / (10)
10. Trinity Western (7-3) / 25.5 / (9)

Next highest vote getters: Dalhousie (18), McGill (15), Brandon (13), Ottawa (8), Toronto (3).

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

1. Regina (7-0) / 336 pts (28) / (1)
2. Windsor (6-2) / 306 / (3)
3. UBC (4-2) / 263 / (4)
4. Carleton (5-3) / 261 / (2)
5. Saskatchewan (4-3) / 217 / (5)
6. Brock (8-0) / 213 / (6)
7. Alberta (6-2) / 167 / (7)
8. Acadia (4-1) / 115 / (10)
9. Ottawa (6-2) / 105 / (NR)
10. Toronto (5-3) / 83 / (8)
 
Other teams receiving votes: Cape Breton (68), Fraser Valley (28), Saint Mary’s (16).

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

1. Carleton (8-0) / 516 pts (44) / (1)
2. StFX (5-0) / 473 / (2)
3. Lakehead (7-1) / 429 / (3)
4. Saskatchewan (5-2) / 385 / (4)
5. Victoria (8-0) / 345 / (5)
6. Alberta (6-2) / 289 / (6)
7. UBC (4-2) / 239 / (7)
8. Wilfrid Laurier (7-1) / 210 / (8)
9. Fraser Valley (5-3) / 166 / (9)
10. Concordia (3-0) / 141 / (10)

Other teams receiving votes: McMaster (47), UPEI (40).

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

1. Calgary 566 points / (1)
2. Toronto 433 / (2)
3. Western Ontario 265 / (8)
4. Laval 251 / (9)
5. Alberta 225 / (5)
6. Dalhousie 203 / (3)
7. UBC 172 / (4)
8. Ottawa 123 / (7)
9. McMaster 114 / (10)
10. Guelph 87 / (NR)

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

1. Alberta 423 points / (5)
2. Toronto 420 / (4)
3. Dalhousie 354 / (1)
4. Calgary 344 / (3)
5. McGill 266 / (2)
6. Laval 215 / (10)
7. McMaster 173 / (8)
8. Western Ontario 159 / (NR)
9. Ottawa 143 / (9)
10. UBC 135 / (6)

-CIS-

Last Updated: 2011-12-06
Author: Mark Janzen