CIS Top Ten Tuesday (#8): Three changes at the top

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OTTAWA (CIS) – There are a number of changes at the top inthis week’s CIS national rankings as the Trinity WesternSpartans, in women’s volleyball, Alberta Golden Bears, inmen’s volleyball, and UNB Varsity Reds, in men’shockey, all move up one spot to reach No. 1 status.

In other CIS sports, St. Francis Xavier (women’s rugby),Ottawa (women’s soccer), York (men’s soccer), Calgary(women’s hockey) and Guelph (women’s & men’scross country) all hold on to the pole position.

In women’s volleyball, the Spartans went a perfect 4-0last weekend at the West Coast Classic pre-season tournament,including a four-set win over the reigning five-time CIS championUBC Thunderbirds, who fall to No. 2 in this week’scoaches’ poll. The top two teams in the country meet againthis weekend as they kick off conference play with a two-gamehead-to-head series, at UBC on Friday and at Trinity Western onSaturday.

In men’s volleyball, the Golden Bears kept a 2-1 record inpre-season action at the Dino Cup in Calgary, including a four-setvictory against defending two-time national champion TrinityWestern, which drops to second place in the new Top 10. Albertaopens Canada West play at home this weekend with a Friday-Saturdaydoubleheader versus No. 7 Saskatchewan.

In men’s hockey, the Varsity Reds (3-1-0) climb back tothe top thanks to a pair of road wins against Saint Mary’s,4-0, and fifth-ranked StFX, 4-2, combined to back-to-back losses byformer No. 1 Alberta at Saskatchewan, 2-1 and 4-3. The Huskies(5-1-0) move up two spots to No. 2 following the two-game sweepover their archrivals from Edmonton, while the Bears (3-3-0) fallto No. 4.

In women’s rugby, top-ranked StFX (8-0) closed out theregular season with a 64-0 win over Acadia to finish league playwith a mind-boggling 657-3 overall point differential. The X-Womenhost the AUS championship this weekend in Antigonish, N.S., andwill then host the CIS championship from Nov. 1-4. In addition toStFX, three teams have already qualified for the CIS nationaltournament, including No. 3 Alberta, which claimed the Canada Westtitle last weekend, as well as No. 2 Guelph and No. 4Queen’s, who will face off in the OUA final on Saturday.

In women’s soccer, top-ranked Ottawa battled No. 7Queen’s to a 0-0 draw last Friday to finish the regularseason with an undefeated 14-0-2 record and a remarkable 54-1overall goal differential. The Gee-Gees open the playoffs at homeon Sunday with an OUA East semifinal against an opponent still tobe determined.

In men’s soccer, No. 1 York tied fourth-ranked McMaster1-1 and beat Waterloo, 7-0, and Laurier, 2-0, to end conferenceplay with a superb 14-0-2 mark. The Lions kick off the post-seasonon home turf on Sunday with an OUA West semifinal versus a rivalstill to be determined.

In women’s hockey, reigning CIS champion Calgary (5-0-1)holds on to the No. 1 position despite a surprising 4-3 overtimeloss on home ice to Regina (3-3-0), on Saturday. Regina goaltenderJennifer Schmidt stole the show in the upset win as the Cougarswere outshot 47-20. The Dinos still racked up three out of apossible four points over the weekend as they had won the two-gameset opener 3-0 on Friday.

In cross-country running, Guelph leads both the women’sand men’s rankings for the fifth 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’S CROSS COUNTRY
(points) / (previous rankings)

1. Guelph 100.0 points / (1)
2. McMaster 90 / (2)
3. Victoria 78 / (3)
4. McGill 68.7 / (4)
5. Western 60 / (5)
6. Toronto 49.3 / (6)
7. Calgary 31.3 / (7)
8. Queen’s 28.7 / (8)
9. StFX 17.3 / (9)
10. Dalhousie 14 / (10)

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

1. Guelph 100.0 points / (1)
2. Victoria 85.3 / (2)
3. Windsor 82.0 / (3)
4. Laval 62.7 / (4)
5. Queen’s 62 / (5)
6. McMaster 48 / (6)
7. Regina 43.3 / (7)
8. StFX 28.7 / (8)
9. Calgary 19.3 / (9)
10. Western 7.3 / (10)

WOMEN’S HOCKEY
(regular season record) / (previous rankings)

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

Also receiving votes: Toronto.

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

1. UNB (3-1-0) / 160 points (12) / (2)
2. Saskatchewan (5-1-0) / 154 (4) / (4)
3. UQTR (4-1-0) / 128 (1) / (3)
4. Alberta (3-3-0) / 94 / (1)
5. StFX (3-1-0) / 84 / (7)
6. Moncton (2-1-1) / 72 / (5)
7. Acadia (3-1-0) / 66 (1) / (NR)
8. Lakehead (4-1-1) / 50 / (10)
9. Calgary (4-2-0) / 45 / (8)
10. UBC (4-1-1) / 15 / (NR)

Also receiving votes: Toronto (14), Western (13), Manitoba (12),Ottawa (9), Waterloo (7), Windsor (7), Carleton (4), Regina(1).

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

1. StFX (8-0) / 104 points (7) / (1)
2. Guelph (6-0 / 2-0) / 91 (3) / (2)
3. Alberta (4-0 / 2-0) / 71 / (4)
4. Queen’s (6-0 / 2-0) / 70 / (3)
5. Laval (7-0 / 1-0) / 60 / (5)
6. Calgary (3-1 / 1-1) / 45 / (6)
7. Lethbridge (2-2 / 1-1) / 37 / (8)
8. Concordia (6-1 / 1-0) / 36 / (7)
9. Waterloo (5-1 / 1-1) / 24 / (10)
10. McGill (5-2 / 0-1) / 13 / (9)

Other teams receiving votes: McMaster (8), Acadia (3), Ottawa(1), UPEI (1).

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

1. Ottawa (14-0-2) / 50 points / (1)
2. Trinity Western (11-1-0) / 44 / (3)
3. Montreal (10-2-0) / 37 / (2)
4. Cape Breton (9-0-2) / 36 / (4)
5. Victoria (9-2-1) / 29 / (5)
6. Wilfrid Laurier (11-2-3) / 23 / (6)
7. Queen’s (11-2-3) / 18 / (9)
8. UBC (8-2-2) / 14 / (7)
9. Sherbrooke (9-3-0) / 8 / (NR)
10. Alberta (7-2-3) / 6 / (10)

Other teams receiving votes: McGill (5), McMaster (3), Dalhousie(2).

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

1. York (14-0-2) / 59 points / (1)
2. UBC (11-0-1) / 55 / (2)
3. Saint Mary’s (7-1-3) / 43 / (4)
4. McMaster (12-1-3) / 39 / (5)
5. Alberta (7-2-4) / 36 / (3)
6. Queen’s (11-1-2) / 29 / (6)
7. Trinity Western (9-1-2) / 22 / (8)
8. Laval (6-0-3) / 19 / (7)
9. Montreal (8-2-0) / 15 / (10)
10. Carleton (10-2-2) / 12 / (9)

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

1. Trinity Western (0-0) / 60 points / (2)
2. UBC (0-0) / 56 / (1)
3. Alberta (0-0) / 52 / (3)
4. Laval (0-0) / 46 / (4)
5. Manitoba (0-0) / 43 / (T5)
6. Ottawa (2-0) / 40 / (7)
7. Dalhousie (0-0) / 32 / (9)
8. Toronto (0-1) / 30.5 / (T5)
9. Sherbrooke (0-0) / 29 / (10)
10. Calgary (0-0) / 28 / (8)

Next highest: Saint Mary’s (20), York (12.5), Winnipeg(10), Brandon (9), Montreal (5).

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

1. Alberta (0-0) / 259 points (19) / (2)
2. Trinity Western (0-0) / 250 (8) / (1)
3. McMaster (1-0) / 192 (1) / (4)
4. Laval (0-0) / 184 / (5)
5. Manitoba (0-0) / 183 / (3)
6. Brandon (0-0) / 143 / (6)
7. Saskatchewan (0-0) / 102 / (9)
8. Calgary (0-0) / 72 / (7)
9. UBC (0-0) / 55 / (10)
10. UNB (0-0) / 50 / (8)

-CIS-

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