CIS TOP 10 TUESDAY (#17)

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January 22, 2013, LANGLEY, BC (ISN) – With a pair of wins over visiting Manitoba, the Trinity Western women’s volleyball team remained No. 2 in the most recent CIS Top 10 rankings while the Spartans men’s volleyball team dropped to No. 5 after losing back-to-back five-set matches against the Bisons.

WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL NO. 2, MEN’S VOLLEYBALL NO. 5, WOMEN’S T&F NO. 8

Meanwhile, the Spartans women’s track and field team dropped to No. 8 after a relatively quiet weekend that saw just four athletes competing at the Golden Bear Open. Both of the basketball and swimming teams and the men’s track and field team remained unranked.

The women’s volleyball team (14-2) remained perfect at home this year, extending its winning streak at the Langley Events Centre to nine matches, after knocking off the Bisons 3-0 Friday and 3-1 Saturday. With the pair of wins, the Spartans clinched a playoff spot.

The men’s volleyball team (11-5) suffered a pair of five-set losses against now No. 4 Manitoba and thus fell from No. 3 to No. 5. It’s the first time since Feb. 23, 2010, when TWU was ranked No. 7, that the Spartans men’s volleyball team has been ranked below No. 4.

Both volleyball teams are on the road this weekend as they will travel to Calgary to take on Mount Royal Jan. 25-26. All four matches can be seen on www.canadawest.tv.

The women’s track and field team, which earned a spot in the CIS Top 10 last week for the first time in school history, fell from No. 6 to No. 8 in the latest poll. The highlight of the Spartans weekend at Alberta’s Golden Bear Open was Liza Whitehead’s (Surrey, B.C.) time of 7.57 in the 60m, which bettered her already CIS top ranked time of 7.63. The women also put together a time of 1:43.23 in the 4x200m.

The men’s track and field team was also in Alberta with four athletes competing. The top result of the meet was Jamie Sinclair’s (Glasgow, Scotland) school record pole vault of 4.40m. The Spartans men also posted a time of 1:32.61 in the 4x200m.

The men’s basketball team (5-9) went 1-1 on the road, beating Lethbridge 96-72 before falling to Calgary 93-92.

The women’s basketball (3-11) was also 1-1 on the weekend as it beat Lethbridge 76-63 but lost to Calgary 78-56.

Both teams will be back at the LEC this Friday and Saturday when they host Mount Royal. All four matches can be seen on www.canadawest.tv.

The Spartans swimming teams were inactive this weekend. They will both compete at the Canada West Championships Jan. 25-27 in Victoria.

There are three changes atop CIS national rankings this week. The University of Windsor Lancers move up to No. 1 in women’s basketball and men’s track and field, while the University of Calgary Dinos are the new leaders in men’s athletics.

In other CIS sports, Carleton (men’s basketball), Alberta (men’s volleyball), UBC (women’s swimming & women’s volleyball) and Toronto (men’s swimming) all maintain their No. 1 status.

Women’s volleyball

UBC (15-1) scored a pair of straight-set decisions against winless Thompson Rivers (0-16) in Kamloops. The reigning six-time CIS champion Thunderbirds should face a stiffer test this weekend when they host No. 8 UBC Okanagan (11-5) for a Friday-Saturday doubleheader.

Men’s volleyball

Alberta (16-0) was up to the challenge in Brandon against the No. 6 Bobcats (10-6), winning both duels by identical 3-1 scores. The undefeated Bears host No. 9 Winnipeg (8-8) on Friday and Saturday.

Women’s basketball

The reigning two-time CIS champion Lancers move up two spots in the ninth coaches’ poll of the season after they improved to 13-0 in conference play thanks to road wins over McMaster (6-7), 56-48, and Guelph (4-9), 68-53. Windsor had topped the first six polls of the campaign before dropping to third place behind Fraser Valley and Regina two weeks ago. The national champs will look to resume their winning ways when they host McMaster on Wednesday and visit Waterloo (0-13) on Saturday.

Rounding out the leading quintet in the new Top 10 are the undefeated Saint Mary’s Huskies (11-0), who move up two positions to a season-high No. 2; Regina Cougars (12-2), down one spot to No. 3; Fraser Valley Cascades (11-3), down three to No. 4; and Carleton Ravens (10-3), up one to No. 5.

Fraser Valley’s reign atop the national rankings came to an abrupt end after only two weeks. After winning 11 of their first 12 league contests, the Cascades dropped their two road games in Alberta last weekend, 79-69 in overtime to No. 10 Calgary (12-2) and 64-59 to Lethbridge (6-8).

Men’s basketball

Carleton (12-1) crushed visiting Queen’s (9-5) 104-63 on Saturday in its lone outing of the past week. The reigning CIS champs play three more home games this week, first on Wednesday night against No. 8 Ottawa (11-2) in the annual Capital Hoops Classic at Scotiabank Place, and then versus York (5-8) and Laurentian (7-6) this weekend at the Ravens’ Nest.

WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL

(regular season record) / votes / (previous rankings)

  • 1. UBC (15-1) / 60 points / (1)
  • 2. Trinity Western (14-2) / 56 / (2)
  • 3. Alberta (12-4) / 50 / (3)
  • 4. Dalhousie (11-2) / 46.5 / (5)
  • 5. York (11-1) / 42 / (4)
  • 6. Laval (13-3) / 41 / (6)
  • 7. Ottawa (13-1) / 39.5 / (7)
  • 8. UBC Okanagan (11-5) / 32 / (8)
  • 9. Sherbrooke (13-3) / 25 / (9)
  • T10. Montreal (10-6) / 23 / (10)
  • T10. Mount Royal (12-4) / 23 / (NR)

Next highest: Queen’s (14), Calgary (13), McGill (5), Saint Mary’s (5).

MEN’S VOLLEYBALL

(regular season record) / votes (first-place votes) / (previous rankings)

  • 1. Alberta (16-0) / 270 points (27) / (1)
  • 2. McMaster (13-0) / 234 (1) / (2)
  • 3. Laval (14-0) / 199 / (4)
  • 4. Manitoba (10-6) / 191 / (6)
  • 5. Trinity Western (11-5) / 188 / (3)
  • 6. Brandon (10-6) / 145 / (5)
  • 7. UBC (10-6) / 96 / (7)
  • 8. Saskatchewan (10-6) / 84 / (8)
  • 9. Winnipeg (8-8) / 54 / (10)
  • 10. Waterloo (11-2) / 44 / (9)

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

(regular season record) / votes (first-place votes) / (previous rankings)

  • 1. Windsor (13-0) / 480 points (32) / (3)
  • 2. Saint Mary’s (11-0) / 428 (3) / (4)
  • 3. Regina (12-2) / 419 (5) / (2)
  • 4. Fraser Valley (11-3) / 357 (1) / (1)
  • 5. Carleton (10-3) / 309 / (6)
  • 6. UBC (10-4) / 300 / (5)
  • 7. Brock (13-0) / 274 / (7)
  • 8. Victoria (10-4) / 194 / (9)
  • 9. Concordia (6-2) / 169 / (8)
  • 10. Calgary (12-2) / 100 / (NR)

Other teams receiving votes: Acadia (94), Ottawa (53).

MEN’S BASKETBALL

(regular season record) / votes (first-place votes) / (previous rankings)

  • 1. Carleton (12-1) / 491 points (40) / (1)
  • 2. UBC (12-2) / 449 (1) / (2)
  • 3. Cape Breton (12-0) / 412 / (4)
  • 4. Alberta (12-2) / 364 / (5)
  • 5. Windsor (10-3) / 309 / (8)
  • 6. Acadia (7-3) / 275 / (3)
  • 7. Ryerson (11-2) / 247 / (6)
  • 8. Ottawa (11-2) / 206 / (10)
  • 9. McGill (6-2) / 138 / (NR)
  • 10. Saskatchewan (10-4) / 111 / (NR)

Other teams receiving votes: Fraser Valley (60), Bishop’s (38), Lakehead (36).

WOMEN’S TRACK & FIELD

(points) / (previous rankings)

  • 1. Calgary 110 points / (2)
  • 2. Guelph 87.5 / (1)
  • 3. Windsor 77.5 / (5)
  • 4. Toronto 73 / (3)
  • 5. Western 59.5 / (4)
  • 6. Saskatchewan 39 / (8)
  • 7. Regina 33 / (10)
  • 8. Trinity Western 31.5 / (6)
  • 9. York 28 / (7)
  • 10. Alberta 23.5 / (NR)

MEN’S TRACK & FIELD

(points) / (previous rankings)

  • 1. Windsor 77 points / (3)
  • 2. Guelph 75.5 / (1)
  • 3. Sherbrooke 60 / (4)
  • 4. York 55.5 / (2)
  • 5. Western 53.5 / (9)
  • 6. Ottawa 51 / (5)
  • 7. Laval 48 / (6)
  • 8. Manitoba 39.5 / (NR)
  • 9. Saskatchewan 37 / (8)
  • 10. Regina 32 / (10)

WOMEN’S SWIMMING

(points) / (previous rankings)

  • 1. UBC 531 points / (1)
  • 2. Toronto 357 / (2)
  • 3. Calgary 343 / (3)
  • 4. Montreal 286 / (4)
  • 5. Dalhousie 263 / (5)
  • 6. Alberta 222 / (6)
  • 7. UQTR 185 / (7)
  • 8. McMaster 174 / (9)
  • 9. McGill 170 / (8)
  • 10. Guelph 106 / (10)

MEN’S SWIMMING

(points) / (previous rankings)

  • 1. Toronto 540 points / (1)
  • 2. Alberta 323 / (2)
  • 3. UBC 300 / (3)
  • 4. Laval 255 / (4)
  • 5. Calgary 225 / (5)
  • 6. Dalhousie 194 / (6)
  • 7. Victoria 176 / (7)
  • 8. McGill 174 / (8)
  • 9. McMaster 158 / (9)
  • 10. Lethbridge 116 / (10)

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