CIS TOP 10 TUESDAY (#7) WXC No. 6, MXC No. 10; MVB, WVB No. 2

CIS TOP 10 RANKINGS
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2012
CROSS COUNTRY, SOCCER, VOLLEYBALL

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CIS TOP 10 TUESDAY (#7)
WXC No. 6, MXC No. 10; MVB, WVB No. 2

LANGLEY, British Columbia – For the first time school history, both the Trinity Western men’s and women’s cross country teams are ranked in the CIS Top 10, as the Spartans women are No. 6 and the men are No. 10. Meanwhile in the first volleyball poll of the season, the Spartans men’s and women’s teams are both ranked No. 2. Neither the TWU women’s nor the men’s soccer teams are ranked.

Following a weekend in which the Spartans women’s cross country team finished third at the Western Washington Classic in a race that saw TWU’s Sarah Inglis (Falkirk, Scotland) and Alison Jackson (Vermilion, B.C.) finish first and second respectively, the squad moved into the Top 10 for the first time ever. As a team, the Spartans not only finished third overall in Bellingham, Wash., but they also edged currently No. 4 ranked Victoria by four points.

The men's cross country team who was tied at No. 9 last week, remained in the Top 10 following a weekend in which it also finished third at the Western Washington Classic.  The team was led by Levi Neufeld (Winnipeg), who finished 10th, and Joel De Schiffart (Nanaimo, B.C.), who finished 12th.

Both teams will have this weekend off before competing in the B.C. Cross Country Championships in Abbotsford, B.C. Oct. 26. The teams will then prepare for the CIS Championships Nov. 8 in London, Ont.

On the field, the Spartans women’s soccer team continued to roll as they collected road wins over Calgary, 1-0, and Lethbridge, 5-1, to improve to 6-1-3. However, despite pushing their undefeated streak to eight games, the Spartans remained out of the Top 10 for the second straight week.

The last time the TWU women’s soccer team has been unranked in back-to-back weeks was in 2008, when the Spartans didn’t get ranked until the fifth week of the season. That year, TWU went on to win its first of back-to-back CIS national championships.

The Spartans return home this weekend to wrap up the regular season against No. 2 Alberta Friday and Mount Royal Saturday. Both games are at 5 p.m. at Rogers Field and can be seen live at twu.canadawest.tv.

As for the men’s soccer team, the Spartans (3-6-1) put together an impressive weekend in which they earned a pair of 1-0 wins over Mount Royal and Winnipeg. The wins moved TWU into fourth place in the Pacific Division and, with two games in hand, put the Spartans just three points back of Fraser Valley, who holds down the third and final playoff position. With four games remaining, the Spartans are in a position where they are now in control of their own playoff destiny.

The Spartans will play their final home games of the regular season this weekend when they host UNBC Friday and Saturday. Both games are at 7 p.m. at Rogers Field and can be seen live at twu.canadawest.tv.

On the court, the women’s volleyball team is ranked No. 2 in the CIS preseason poll for the second year in a row. After finishing third at last year’s national championship, the Spartans trail only UBC in the Top 10.

After posting a 6-1 preseason record, TWU will open the season at home against the No. 1 Thunderbirds Oct. 25, before playing the back half of the home-and-home series at UBC Oct. 26.

The men’s volleyball team continues its preseason schedule this weekend when they travel to Alberta to play four matches. The Spartans, who are 7-2 in preseason so far, will play No. 10 Mount Royal Thursday before playing No. 1 Alberta and Calgary Friday and No. 3 McMaster Saturday.

The Spartans open the regular season with a home-and-home series, with the first game at the Langley Events Centre, against No. 6 UBC Oct. 25-26.

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

1. Guelph 100 points / (1)
2. Queen’s 88 / (2)
3. Western 80 / (3)
4. Victoria 59 / (4)
5. Toronto 57 / (5)
T6. McMaster 40 / (6)
T6. Trinity Western 40 / (NR)
8. Dalhousie 39 / (T7)
9. McGill 21 / (T7)
10. Laurentian 10 / (10)

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

1. Guelph 100 points / (1)
2. Laval 89 / (2)
3. Windsor 79 / (4)
4. Victoria 68 / (3)
5. Queen’s 58 / (7)
6. McMaster 50 / (5)
7. Lakehead 41 / (6)
8. Western 23 / (8)
9. Regina 12 / (T9)
10. Trinity Western 10 / (T9)

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

1. UBC (0-0) / 45 points
2. Trinity Western (0-0) / 42
3. Montreal (0-0) / 36  
4. Manitoba (0-0) / 35
5. UBC Okanagan (0-0) / 32
6. Brandon (0-0) / 27
7. York (0-0) / 26
8. Winnipeg (0-0) / 21
9. Dalhousie (0-0) / 18
10. Saint Mary’s (0-0) / 16

Next highest votes: McMaster (15), Alberta (14), Mount Royal (10), Queen’s (9), Ottawa (5).

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

1. Alberta (0-0) / 200 points (10)
2. Trinity Western (0-0) / 181 (3)
3. McMaster (0-0) / 175 (3)  
4. Laval (0-0) / 160 (8)
5. Brandon (0-0) / 153
6. UBC (0-0) / 134
7. UNB (0-0) / 73
8. Saskatchewan (0-0) / 64
9. Ryerson (0-0) / 44
T10. Mount Royal (0-0) / 36
T10. Western (0-0) / 36

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

1. Ottawa (10-1-3) / 47 points / (1)
2. Alberta (8-0-2) / 47 / (2)
3. Western (9-0-5) / 38 / (4)
4. UBC (7-0-3) / 30 / (6)
5. Laval (8-1-1) / 28 / (3)
6. Montreal (7-1-2) / 27 / (5)
7. Toronto (9-2-3) / 18 / (10)
8. Cape Breton (5-0-4) / 17 / (8)
9. Victoria (8-2-0) / 10 / (NR)
10. Dalhousie (6-2-1) / 8 / (9)

* Ottawa edges Alberta for No. 1 based on a higher ranking the previous week.

Other teams receiving votes: Carleton (2), Wilfrid Laurier (2), Trinity Western (1).

MEN’S SOCCER
(regular season record) / (votes) / (previous rankings)

1. UBC (11-1-0) / 60 points / (1)
2. Ryerson (11-0-1) / 54 / (2)
3. York (10-2-1) / 47 / (3)
4. Montreal (6-1-2) / 43 / (4)
5. McMaster (10-2-2) / 34 / (6)
6. Guelph (8-2-4) / 25 / (5)
7. Saskatchewan (8-3-1) / 24 / (8)
8. UNB (5-2-2) / 19 / (7)
9. Saint Mary’s (5-2-3) / 11 / (9)
10. Victoria (6-3-1) / 5 / (10)

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