CIS Top Ten Tuesday (#7): UBC, TWU open at No. 1 in volleyball

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OTTAWA (CIS) – The University of British ColumbiaThunderbirds and Trinity Western University Spartans, both reigningnational champions, top the first CIS rankings of 2012-13 inwomen’s and men’s volleyball, respectively.

In other CIS sports, Alberta takes the pole position inmen’s hockey, while Calgary (women’s hockey), St.Francis Xavier (women’s rugby), Ottawa (women’ssoccer), York (men’s soccer) and Guelph (women’s &men’s cross country) all maintain their No.

1 status.

In women’s volleyball, UBC opens at No. 1 for the secondstraight year and for the third time in the last four campaigns.Last march, the Thunderbirds edged Alberta in five sets in athrilling national final to capture their fifth consecutive CISbanner, one shy of the all-time mark, and their ninth overall, anall-time record.

The T-Birds looked as good as ever this past weekend when theytravelled to Quebec for their first pre-season matches against CIScompetition, registering three straight-set wins in as many outingsagainst perennial powerhouses Montreal (1) and Laval (2). UBCresumes non-conference action this weekend at the West CoastClassic against four Canada West rivals, before kicking off theregular season with a bang on Oct. 26-27 with a home-and-awayseries versus No. 2 Trinity Western.

Rounding out the inaugural women’s volleyballcoaches’ poll are No. 3 Alberta, No. 4 Laval, Toronto andManitoba in a tie at No. 5, No. 7 Ottawa, No. 8 Calgary, No. 9Dalhousie and No. 10 Sherbrooke.

In men’s volleyball, Trinity Western also tops the initialTop 10 for the second year in a row. The Spartans claimed theirsecond straight CIS title last spring thanks to a 3-1 gold-medalvictory over Laval.

The defending champs are 6-1 against CIS opponents in pre-seasonaction and hope to resume their domination this weekend when theytake part in the Dino Cup in Calgary. The Spartans also representedCanada in September at the under-23 Pan American Cup, finishingfourth after compiling a 2-3 record against the Dominican Republic,Mexico, Brazil and Argentina. TWU kicks off conference play on Oct.26-27 with a home-and-away doubleheader versus No. 10 UBC.

Second-ranked Alberta, No. 3 Manitoba, No. 4 McMaster, No. 5Laval, No. 6 Brandon, No. 7 Calgary, No. 8 UNB and No. 9Saskatchewan round out the first national poll of the campaign.

In women’s rugby, top-ranked StFX crushed St. Thomas 81-0last Friday to improve to 7-0 in league play. The X-Women, who haveoutscored their rivals 593-3 in their first seven outings, closeout the AUS schedule with a home tilt against Acadia (5-1) onFriday.

The rugby playoffs got under way in Ontario over the weekendwith No. 2 Guelph, No. 3 Queen’s and No. 10 Waterloo allwinning their opening round matches.

In women’s soccer, No. 1 Ottawa (14-0-1) blanked Carleton5-0 and Trent 9-0 this past week and has now dominated its rivals54-1 in OUA conference action. The Gee-Gees host No. 9Queen’s (10-2-2) Friday night in their regular seasonfinale.

In men’s soccer, top-ranked York improved to 12-0-1 withvictories over UOIT, 2-0, and Brock, 3-2. The Lions will be busy inthe final week of the OUA regular schedule with contests againstNo. 5 McMaster (11-1-1), Waterloo (1-11-2) and Laurier (5-4-5).

In women’s hockey, No. 1 Calgary (4-0-0) beat UBC 5-2 lastFriday and then survived its first scare of the young season thenext night when superstar Hayley Wickenheiser scored in overtime tolift the reigning CIS champs to a 6-5 win over the Thunderbirds.The Dinos host Regina (2-2-0) for a pair this weekend.

In men’s hockey, Alberta (3-1-0) moves past UNB (1-1-0)atop the rankings despite splitting a two-game set against CISnewcomer Mount Royal. The Golden Bears won the opener 3-1 beforedropping the rematch by a 2-1 score. At the other end of thecountry, the Varsity Reds kicked off the AUS schedule with a 5-2victory over St. Thomas and a 5-2 loss on home ice to Moncton.Top-ranked Alberta travels to Saskatoon this weekend for adoubleheader against No. 4 Saskatchewan (3-1-0), while UNB visitsSaint Mary’s (1-1-0) and No. 7 StFX (2-0-0).

In cross-country running, Guelph leads both the women’sand men’s rankings for the fourth straight week. The Gryphonshave captured the last seven national team banners in women’scompetition and have won six consecutive men’s championships,both CIS record streaks.

WOMEN’SCROSS COUNTRY

(points) / (previous rankings)
1. Guelph 100.0 points / (1)
2. McMaster 87.9 / (2)
3. Victoria 79.5 / (3)
4. McGill 64.2 / (4)
5. Western 54.7 / (5)
6. Toronto 47.4 / (6)
7. Calgary 31.1 / (7)
8. Queen’s 26.3 / (9)
9. StFX 22.1 / (8)
10. Dalhousie 11.1 / (NR)

MEN’SCROSS COUNTRY

(points) / (previous rankings)
1. Guelph 100.0 points / (1)
2. Victoria 84.4 / (2)
3. Windsor 80.0 / (3)
4. Laval 56.7 / (6)
5. Queen’s 53.9 / (4)
6. McMaster 47.8 / (7)
7. Regina 46.7 / (5)
8. StFX 27.8 / (T8)
9. Calgary 15.6 / (10)
10. Western 12.8 / (NR)

WOMEN’SHOCKEY

(regular season record) / (previous rankings)
1. Calgary (4-0-0) / (1)
2. McGill (2-0-0) / (2)
3. Montreal (1-0-0) / (3)
4. Alberta (4-0-0) / (4)
5. StFX (1-0-0) / (5)
6. Guelph (3-1-0) / (6)
7. Queen’s (3-0-1) / (9)
8. Wilfrid Laurier (3-1-0) / (7)
9. Western (3-1-0) / (8)
10. St. Thomas (2-0-0) / (NR)

Also receiving votes: Mount Royal.

MEN’SHOCKEY

(regular season record) / votes (first-place votes) /(previous rankings)
1. Alberta (3-1-0) / 155 points (7) / (2)
2. UNB (1-1-0) / 133 (7) / (1)
3. UQTR (3-1-0) / 108 (1) / (3)
4. Saskatchewan (3-1-0) / 89 / (4)
5. Moncton (1-1-0) / 85 / (8)
6. Western (2-0-0) / 76 (1) / (6) *
7. StFX (2-0-0) / 76 (1) / (9)
8. Calgary (3-1-0) / 56 / (7)
9. UPEI (2-0-0) / 34 / (NR)
10. Lakehead (3-1-0) / 31 / (10)

* Western (over StFX) was awarded the higher ranking basedon number of higher-placed votes.

Also receiving votes: Ottawa (30), McGill (28), Regina (13),Brock (12), Manitoba (6), Concordia (2), Acadia (1).

WOMEN’SRUGBY

(regular season / playoff record) / votes (first-placevotes) / (previous rankings)
1. StFX (7-0) / 124 points (8) / (1)
2. Guelph (6-0 / 1-0) / 113 (4) / (2)
3. Queen’s (6-0 / 1-0) / 89 / (3)
4. Alberta (4-0) / 74 / (7)
5. Laval (7-0) / 73 / (4)
6. Calgary (3-1) / 53 / (5)
7. Concordia (6-1) / 51 / (8)
8. Lethbridge (2-2) / 30 / (6)
9. McGill (5-2) / 27 / (9)
10. Waterloo (5-1 / 1-0) / 17 / (10)

Other teams receiving votes: Acadia (8), McMaster (7), Western(1), Ottawa (1).

WOMEN’SSOCCER

(regular season record) / votes / (previousrankings)
1. Ottawa (14-0-1) / 50 points / (1)
2. Montreal (9-1-0) / 43 / (2)
3. Trinity Western (9-1-0) / 42 / (3)
4. Cape Breton (7-0-2) / 31 / (7)
5. Victoria (8-1-1) / 30 / (8)
6. Wilfrid Laurier (10-2-2) / 24 / (5)
7. UBC (7-1-2) / 19 / (9)
8. McGill (7-2-1) / 17 / (6)
9. Queen’s (10-2-2) / 13 / (10)
10. Alberta (5-2-3) / 4 / (4)

Other teams receiving votes: McMaster (1), Western (1).

MEN’SSOCCER

(regular season record) / votes / (previousrankings)
1. York (12-0-1) / 60 points / (1)
2. UBC (9-0-1) / 54 / (2)
3. Alberta (7-1-3) / 47 / (4)
4. Saint Mary’s (6-1-3) / 37 / (3)
5. McMaster (11-1-1) / 35 / (6)
6. Queen’s (10-1-2) / 29 / (7)
7. Laval (6-0-2) / 23 / (8)
8. Trinity Western (7-1-2) / 21 / (5)
9. Carleton (9-2-2) / 16 / (10)
10. Montreal (6-2-0) / 5 / (NR)

WOMEN’SVOLLEYBALL

(regular season record) / votes / (previousrankings)
1. UBC (0-0) / 60 points / (-)
2. Trinity Western (0-0) / 55.5 / (-)
3. Alberta (0-0) / 52.5 / (-)
4. Laval (0-0) / 43 / (-)
T5. Toronto (0-0) / 40 / (-)
T5. Manitoba (0-0) / 40 / (-)
7. Ottawa (0-0) / 36 / (-)
8. Calgary (0-0) / 31 / (-)
9. Dalhousie (0-0) / 24.5 / (-)
10. Sherbrooke (0-0) / 19 / (-)

Next highest: Saint Mary’s (18), York (17), Winnipeg (12),Brandon (11.5), McGill (11).

MEN’SVOLLEYBALL

(regular season record) / (previous rankings)
1. Trinity Western (0-0) / (-)
2. Alberta (0-0) / (-)
3. Manitoba (0-0) / (-)
4. McMaster (0-0) / (-)
5. Laval (0-0) / (-)
6. Brandon (0-0) / (-)
7. Calgary (0-0) / (-)
8. UNB (0-0) / (-)
9. Saskatchewan (0-0) / (-)
10. UBC (0-0) / (-)

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