Michel Belanger

OTTAWA (CIS) – There is a trio of new leaders in the first CIS national rankings of 2012, including Dalhousie in men’s swimming, and Saskatchewan (women) and Guelph (men) in indoor track and field.

In other CIS sports, Regina (women’s basketball), Carleton (men’s basketball), McGill (women’s hockey), UNB (men’s hockey), Calgary (women’s swimming), UBC (women’s volleyball) and Trinity Western (men’s volleyball) all maintain their No. 1 status.

In women’s basketball, top-ranked Regina resumed conference play this past weekend with a pair of lopsided victories at Brandon, 96-38 and 92-46. The Cougars (9-0) put their unblemished regular season record on the line later this week when they host Manitoba (3-7) for a Friday-Saturday doubleheader.

In men’s basketball, Carleton also dominated in its return to conference action with easy road wins over York, 90-54, and Laurentian, 98-51. The perfect Ravens (10-0) hit the road again this weekend to face Ryerson (5-5) and Toronto (5-5).

In women’s hockey, McGill (10-1-0) resumes RSEQ play Friday against Concordia (3-8-0) and will also battle No. 10 Montreal (8-3-1) on Saturday. The Martlets were busy and successful over the holiday break, claiming the inaugural Martlet Holiday Invitational Tournament (Dec. 28-30) with wins over No. 4 StFX, 4-0, Manitoba, 3-0, and second-ranked Laurier, 5-4 in a shootout, as well as a 4-0 exhibition victory over NCAA rival Yale.

In men’s hockey, UNB (13-2-1) went a perfect 4-for-4 since the last Top 10 ranking on Dec. 6. The Varsity Reds outscored Ottawa 7-4 and 8-4 in a pair of non-conference tilts in late December, and then defeated StFX, 5-2, and Saint Mary’s, 3-2, last weekend in their return to AUS league action. The reigning University Cup champions visit Saint Mary’s (10-7-1) on Friday and StFX (5-9-3) on Saturday.

In women’s volleyball, UBC took the court only once since its last league game in early December but it was quite the duel. In non-conference action, the defending CIS champions erased a two-set deficit to edge No. 7 Laval 3-2 last Thursday in Vancouver in a rematch of last year’s national final. The Thunderbirds (9-1) host Thompson Rivers (4-8) Friday and Saturday in Canada West play.

In men’s volleyball, Trinity Western scored a pair of non-conference wins over OUA rival Queen’s last week, 3-0 and 3-1. The Spartans (10-0) hope to remain perfect in league play this weekend against a top opponent as No. 3 Alberta (8-2) pays a visit to the CIS champs in Langley, B.C.