CIS TOP 10 TUESDAY (#18) Men’s volleyball remains No. 1, Women’s volleyball moves up to No. 2

CIS TOP 10 RANKINGS
TUESDAY, JANUARY 31, 2011
VOLLEYBALL, BASKETBALL, SWIMMING, TRACK & FIELD

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CIS TOP 10 TUESDAY (#18)
Men’s volleyball remains No. 1, Women’s volleyball moves up to No. 2

LANGLEY, British Columbia –
After a weekend sweep on the road of No. 6, the Trinity Western women’s volleyball team continued to move up the CIS Top 10, coming in at a season-high No. 2 this week, while the Spartans men’s team remained No. 1 after a weekend split with No. 2 Manitoba. Trinity Western’s basketball, swimming and track and field teams remained unranked.

The women’s volleyball team, which has been steadily climbing the rankings since finishing the fall semester at No. 10, rose to its highest position of the year after knocking off Manitoba 3-1 and 3-0 this past weekend. The Spartans are now 12-4 on the season and trail only UBC in both the Top 10 and the Canada West standings.

The men’s volleyball team suffered its first loss of the Canada West season this past weekend when they fell to Manitoba 3-0 Friday night. However, the Spartans rallied on Saturday to earn a 3-0 win. Trinity Western, who has been ranked No. 1 all season, is now 15-1 on the year.

Both volleyball teams will travel to Calgary this weekend for games Feb. 3-4 against the Dinos before finishing the season at home against UBC Feb. 10-11.

The women’s basketball team moved above the .500 mark for the first time since Nov. 11 with a 71-59 win over then No. 10 Fraser Valley on the road Saturday night. The win improves Trinity Western’s record to 8-7, which has them currently sitting in a playoff position in third place in the West Division.  

The men’s basketball team dropped to 8-7 on the year after falling to now No. 8 Fraser Valley 88-72. The Spartans 8-7 record has them in fourth place in the West Division but in a playoff spot as they currently have a four-point edge on the wild card position.

Both teams will host Thompson Rivers Feb. 3-4 before closing out the season against Fraser Valley, also at home, Feb. 9.

In the pool, the Spartans men’s and women’s swimming teams competed at the Canada West Championships for the first time in the programs’ histories this past weekend. The Spartans men finished the championships with 60 points and an eighth place finish while the women finished with 42 points and were also eighth.

Christian Desjarlais posted the weekend’s best result for Trinity Western has he finished fourth in the 400m freestyle with a time of 4:03.03.

Next up for the Spartans will be the Western Canadian Championships Feb. 16-19 in Winnipeg, Man. before Desjarlais, Patrick Loftus and Lindsey Romkes compete at the CIS National Championships Feb. 23-26 in Montreal, Que.

The Spartans track and field teams were idle this weekend as they prepared for Manitoba’s Bison Invitational Feb. 3-4 and the Achilles Track Meet in Richmond Feb. 4.

Three teams made their way to the top of Canadian Interuniversity Sport national rankings this week in sports the Spartans play.

UBC (women) and Toronto (men) are the new leaders in CIS swimming, while Guelph moves up to No. 1 in women’s track and field.

In other CIS sports Trinity Western competes in, Regina (women’s basketball), Carleton (men’s basketball), Windsor (men’s track and field), and UBC (women’s volleyball) all maintain their No. 1 status.

While changes were aplenty in individual sports, CIS leaders resumed their winning ways in team competition.

In women’s basketball, top-ranked Regina (15-0) remained the only undefeated team in the nation thanks to a pair of home wins against Winnipeg, 84-62 and 98-71. The Cougars, who have led all 10 national coaches’ polls so far in 2011-12, host No. 8 Alberta (11-5) on Friday and Saturday.

In men’s hoops, Carleton (17-0) is also the only undefeated squad in the nation and tops the CIS ranking for the 10th time in as many polls following a 90-48 domination of York and a 109-74 victory over Laurentian. The Ravens play only once this week, hosting cross-town rival Ottawa (11-6) on Friday.

In women’s volleyball, UBC (15-1) showed last weekend why they are the reigning four-time CIS champions as they swept a two-game series in Winnipeg against the No. 5 Wesmen, 3-1 and 3-1. The Thunderbirds, who lead the Top 10 for the 12th time in as many polls, host Brandon (8-8) on Friday and Saturday.

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

1. UBC (15-1) / 60 points / (1)
2. Trinity Western (12-4) / 56 / (3)
3. Saint Mary’s (12-1) / 50 / (2)
4. Alberta (11-5) / 48 / (4)
5. Winnipeg (12-6) / 43.5 / (5)
6. Manitoba (11-5) / 40 / (T6)
7. Laval (9-4) / 36.5 / (8)
8. Montreal (9-4) / 33 / (T6)
9. Dalhousie (11-3) / 29 / (10)
10. York (13-1) / 24 / (9)

Next highest vote getters: McGill (18), Calgary (13), Ottawa (13), Queen’s (11), Toronto (2), Thompson Rivers (2).

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

1. Trinity Western (15-1) / 257 pts (23) / (1)
2. Manitoba (14-2) / 234 (2) / (2)
3. Laval (15-0) / 205 / (3)
4. Alberta (12-4) / 191 / (4)
5. Western (15-1) / 146 / (6)
6. UBC (9-7) / 126 / (5)
7. Calgary (9-7) / 111 / (7)
8. Brandon (9-7) / 89 / (8)
9. McMaster (12-3) / 63 / (9)
10. Winnipeg (7-11) / 43 / (10)

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

1. Regina (15-0) / 431 pts (35) / (1)
2. Windsor (15-2) / 395 / (2)
3. UBC (12-2) / 357 / (3)
4. Saskatchewan (11-4) / 319 / (4)
5. Ottawa (15-2) / 297 (1) / (6)
6. Carleton (12-5) / 243 / (7)
7. Acadia (10-1) / 204 / (8)
8. Alberta (11-5) / 199 / (5)
9. Toronto (12-5) / 126 / (NR)
10. Calgary (11-5) / 85 / (NR)
 
Other teams receiving votes: Fraser Valley (46), Brock (30), Saint Mary’s (26).

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

1. Carleton (17-0) / 516 pts (44) / (1)
2. Lakehead (14-2) / 472 / (2)
3. UBC (12-2) / 430 / (3)
4. Saskatchewan (11-4) / 371 / (5)
5. Wilfrid Laurier (14-2) / 336 / (6)
6. StFX (9-3) / 308 / (4)
7. Victoria (11-3) / 239 / (9)
8. Fraser Valley (10-5) / 191 / (10)
9. Concordia (8-1) / 189 / (8)
10. Alberta (10-6) / 122 / (7)

Other teams receiving votes: UPEI (55), Windsor (36), McMaster (30).

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

1. UBC 661 pts / (6)
2. Calgary 565 / (1)
3. Toronto 360 / (2)
4. Laval 222 / (3)
5. Alberta 202 / (5)
6. Western 171 / (4)
7. Dalhousie 108 / (7)
8. McMaster 83 / (9)
9. Ottawa 79 / (8)
10. Guelph 73 / (10)

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

1. Toronto 444 pts / (3)
2. Alberta 394 / (2)
3. Calgary 382 / (4)
4. UBC 365 / (9)
5. Dalhousie 342 / (1)
6. McGill 203 / (5)
7. Laval 143 / (6)
8. McMaster 139 / (7)
9. Victoria 129 / (8)
10. Guelph 128 / (10)

WOMEN’S TRACK & FIELD
(points) / (previous rankings)

1. Guelph 83 pts / (3)
2. Western 73.5 / (1)
3. Saskatchewan 68 / (2)
4. Windsor 65.5 / (4)
5. Toronto 60 / (8)
6. Calgary 59.5 / (5)
7. Alberta 47 / (6)
8. York 34.5 / (9)
9. Ottawa 32 / (7)
10. Montreal 23.5 / (NR)

MEN’S TRACK & FIELD
(points) / (previous rankings)

1. Windsor 92.5 pts / (1)
2. Ottawa 84 / (3)
3. Guelph 73.33 / (2)
4. York 70.5 / (4)
5. Western 62.5 / (5)
6. Laval 62 / (6)
7. Sherbrooke 39 / (10)
8. Toronto 32 / (8)
9. Saskatchewan 31.33 / (9)
10. Dalhousie 26 / (NR)

-CIS-

Last Updated: 2012-01-31
Author: Mark Janzen