CIS TOP 10 TUESDAY (#20) Men’s volleyball remains No. 1, Women’s volleyball moves up to No. 3

CIS TOP 10 RANKINGS
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2011
VOLLEYBALL, BASKETBALL, SWIMMING, TRACK & FIELD

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CIS TOP 10 TUESDAY (#20)
Men’s volleyball remains No. 1, Women’s volleyball moves up to No. 3

LANGLEY, British Columbia –
Following a weekend sweep of then No. 6 UBC, the Trinity Western men’s volleyball team captured the Canada West regular season title, finishing 19-1 on the year, and in doing so, remained No. 1 in the latest CIS Top 10, as they have been since the preseaon poll. The Spartans women’s volleyball team, who finished 13-7 on the year, split with No. 1 UBC this weekend and following that moved up into a tie for No. 3. The basketball, track and field and swimming teams remained unranked.

For the first time in the program’s history, the Spartans enter the playoffs atop the national rankings and, having earned the regular season title, will host the Canada West Final Four Feb. 24-25 at the Langley Events Centre. Trinity Western goes into the post-season riding a five-game winning streak having wrapped up the season with back-to-back 3-0 wins over the Thunderbirds. By garnering a spot in the Canada West Final Four, the Spartans have also locked up a berth in the CIS national championhip as four Canada West teams will be granted spots at nationals.

The Spartans will play Friday, Feb. 24 at 8:00 p.m. against a to-be-determined opponent. Both medal games will be played Saturday with the gold medal game going at 7:00 p.m. and the bronze medal game at 5:00 p.m.

The women’s volleyball team beat UBC 3-2 Friday but then lost 3-0 Saturday. With the split however, the Spartans moved from No. 5 to a share of No. 3 heading into the post-season.

Trinity Western finished fourth in the conference and will host Calgary in the first round of the Canada West playoffs Feb. 16, 17 and, if necessary, 18 at the Langley Events Centre. All games will start at 7:00 p.m.

The Spartans men’s basketball team lost its final game of the regular season 89-70 to now No. 4 Fraser Valley last Thursday. With the loss, Trinity Western will enter the playoffs with a 10-8 record and as the wildcard entry. The Spartans will open the playoffs on the road against No. 3 Saskatchewan Feb. 24, 25 and, if necessary, 26.

Trinity Western’s women’s basketball team lost its final game of the regular season 74-65 to now No. 9 Frasery Valley. With the loss, the Spartans finish the regular season with an 8-10 record.

The Spartans track and field teams competed this past weekend in both the Flotrack Husky Classic and the University of Washington Open both at Dempsey Indoor in Seattle, Wash.

Trinity Western was led by Fiona Benson, who, competing against strictly NCAA Div.1 competition, finished 10th in the one mile race with a time of 4:48.61 at the Flotrack Husky Classic. The following day, she won the 3000m race in the UW Open with a time of 9:54.76. On the men’s side Blair Johnston also had an impressive outing, finishing second in the 3000m race at the UW Open with a time of 8:26.62.

The teams will now gear up for the Canada West Championships which run Feb. 24-25 in Saskatoon, Sask.

The Spartans swimming teams were idle this weekend as they prepare for the CIS National Championships Feb. 23-26.

For the second straight week, there is a new team on top of the CIS national rankings in women’s track and field as the Guelph Gryphons move back to the top after dropping behind Windsor and Saskatchewan last Tuesday.

In other CIS sports the Spartans compete in, Regina (women’s basketball), Carleton (men’s basketball),  UBC (women’s swimming), Toronto (men’s swimming), Windsor (men’s track and field) and UBC (women’s volleyball) all maintained their No. 1 status.

In women’s basketball, top-ranked Regina (19-0) is one win away from the first unblemished regular season in program history following a weekend sweep at Lethbridge, 99-85 and 78-63. The Cougars should get all they can handle in their conference finale however as they visit No. 3 Saskatchewan (15-4) on Saturday.

In men’s hoops, Carleton easily improved to 20-0 over the weekend thanks to a 115-43 domination of RMC and an 80-47 victory over Queen’s. The reigning CIS champions wrap up their OUA schedule with home games against Toronto (9-11) on Friday and Ryerson (12-8) on Saturday. The Ravens finished 22-0 a year ago en route to their seventh CIS title in nine seasons.

In women’s volleyball, UBC (18-2) closed out conference play with a weekend split against No. 3 Trinity Western, losing a five-setter last Friday before rebounding the following night with a 3-0 win. The reigning four-time CIS champion Thunderbirds, who had already secured first place in Canada West before the two-game set, have a bye in the first round of the payoffs.

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

1. Trinity Western (19-1) / 246 pts (21) / (1)
2. Manitoba (18-2) / 224 (2) / (2)
3. Laval (17-0) / 202 (2) / (3)
4. Alberta (15-5) / 181 / (4)
5. Western (16-2) / 135 / (5)
6. Calgary (11-9) / 114 / (7)
7. Brandon (11-9) / 109 / (8)
8. UBC (10-10) / 98 / (6)
9. McMaster (15-3) / 62 / (9)
10. Queen’s (12-6) / 22 / (NR)

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

1. UBC (18-2) / 60 pts / (1)
2. Saint Mary’s (16-1) / 55 / (2)
T3. Winnipeg (14-6) / 48 / (4)
T3. Trinity Western (13-7) / 48 / (T5)
5. Alberta (14-6) / 47.5 / (3)
6. Montreal (12-3) / 40.5 / (T5)
7. Dalhousie (14-3) / 33 / (8)
8. Manitoba (11-9) / 30 / (10)
9. York (16-2) / 26 / (NR)
10. McGill (5-10 / 2-1 playoffs) / 24 / (NR)

Next highest vote getters: Calgary (21), Laval (14), Ottawa (13), Queen’s (9), Thompson Rivers (8).

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

1. Carleton (20-0) / 516 pts (44) / (1)
2. Lakehead (18-2) / 473 / (2)
3. Saskatchewan (15-4) / 430 / (3)
4. Fraser Valley (13-5) / 374 / (5)
5. UBC (13-4) / 333 / (7)
6. Victoria (13-4) / 299 / (4)
7. Wilfrid Laurier (16-4) / 239 / (6)
8. StFX (12-4) / 228 / (8)
9. Alberta (14-6) / 164 / (10)
T10. Concordia (10-2) / 98 / (9)
T10. McMaster (15-5) / 98 / (NR)

Other teams receiving votes: UPEI (15), Calgary (14).

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

1. Regina (19-0) / 396 pts (33) / (1)
2. Windsor (19-2) / 363 / (2)
3. Saskatchewan (15-4) / 330 / (3)
4. UBC (14-3) / 296 / (4)
5. Carleton (15-5) / 261 / (5)
6. Ottawa (17-3) / 235 / (6)
7. Acadia (13-2) / 182 / (7)
8. Alberta (13-7) / 177 / (8)
9. Fraser Valley (12-6) / 132 / (10)
10. Calgary (14-6) / 86 / (9)
 
Other teams receiving votes: Toronto (65), McGill (29), Cape Breton (13).

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

1. Toronto 457 pts / (1)
2. UBC 336 / (4)
3. Calgary 321 / (3)
4. Dalhousie 318 / (5)
5. Alberta 305 / (2)
6. McMaster 301 / (9)
7. Western 163 / (NR)
8. McGill 156 / (6)
9. Guelph 154 / (10)
10. Laval 144 / (7)

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

1. UBC 607 pts / (1)
2. Calgary 519 / (2)
3. Toronto 359 / (3)
4. Laval 239 / (4)
5. Western 233 / (6)
6. Alberta 149 / (5)
7. Dalhousie 146 / (7)
T8. McMaster 97 / (8)
T8. Ottawa 97 / (9)
10. Guelph 83 / (10)

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

1. Windsor 126.5 pts / (1)
2. Guelph 87 / (4)
3. York 75.5 / (3)
4. Ottawa 74.5 / (2)
5. Western 67 / (5)
6. Sherbrooke 38 / (8)
T7. Laval 33 / (6)
T7. Toronto 33 / (7)
9. Saskatchewan 28 / (9)
10. Regina 22 / (T10)

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

1. Guelph 87.5 pts / (3)
2. Windsor 83 / (1)
3. Western 75.5 / (6)
4. Toronto 61 / (4)
5. Saskatchewan 60.5 / (2)
6. Calgary 47.5 / (5)
7. Alberta 39.5 / (7)
8. York 37.5 / (8)
9. McMaster 33 / (NR)
10. Victoria 25 / (10)

-CIS-

Last Updated: 2012-02-14
Author: Mark Janzen