Spartans Volleyballers remain in Top 10 CIS Rankings

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December 4, 2012, LANGLEY, British Columbia – After splitting with UBC Okanagan on the road, the Trinity Western women’s volleyball team dropped from No. 1 to No. 2 in the latest CIS Top 10 rankings while the Spartans men’s volleyball team remained at No. 3 after taking both matches from the Heat.

The Spartans women’s volleyball team saw its nine-game winning streak snapped Saturday evening in Kelowna as it dropped a 3-1 decision against the now No. 9 Heat. Trinity Western responded Sunday afternoon with a 3-1 win of its own and now enters the Christmas break with a 10-2 record in Canada West league play. After leapfrogging now No. 1 UBC in the week prior to the season-opener, the Spartans had been atop the CIS polls for six straight weeks.

The TWU men’s volleyball team escaped Kelowna with a pair of hard-fought wins that saw it beat the Heat 3-1 Saturday and then rally from a 2-0 deficit to win 3-2 Sunday. The wins kept the Spartans in sole possession of second place in the Canada West standings with a 10-2 record. They trail only No. 1 Alberta, who is unbeaten through 12 matches.

Both the men’s and women’s volleyball teams will be back in action at the Langley Events Centre Jan. 10 and 12 when they host Brandon.

In other TWU news, on the hardcourt, the Spartans women’s basketball team put together a quality weekend in which they earned a 74-23 win over Brandon and kept it close with No. 3 Regina in a 72-63 loss. The weekend split sees TWU enter the break with a 2-8 record. The Spartans will play an exhibition game on the road against Simon Fraser Dec. 29 before getting back to their Canada West schedule Jan. 11-12 when they host Alberta Friday and Saskatchewan Saturday.

The TWU men’s basketball team also earned a weekend split, beating Brandon 75-73 but falling to Regina 88-69.The Spartans are now 3-7 on the season. Trinity Western will travel to California over the break for a series of four exhibition games against Biola Dec. 17, Cal State San Marcos Dec. 18, John Brown Dec. 19 and San Diego Christian Dec. 20. Like the women, their regular season schedule resumes Jan. 11-12 when they host Alberta Friday and Saskatchewan Saturday.

The Spartans swimming teams competed at the Richmond Swimfast 2012 this past weekend and had a meet to remember. The team collected 18 podium finishes led by Kirby Johnson, who had four first place finishes. The swimming teams will compete in New Westminster’s Hyack Invitational Jan. 12-13 in preparation for the Canada West Championships in Victoria Jan. 25-27.

The only change at the top of the CIS rankings this week saw the UBC Thunderbirds climb back to No. 1 in women’s volleyball. Meanwhile, Windsor (women’s basketball), Carleton (men’s basketball), Alberta (men’s volleyball), UBC (women’s swimming) and Toronto (men’s swimming) all held on to the pole position in their respective disciplines.

This marks the end of CIS national rankings for the fall semester. Top Ten Tuesday will resume on January 8, 2013.

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