UBC, Alberta top first volleyball rankings of season

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October 15, 2013, OTTAWA (ISN) – The UBC Thunderbirds and Alberta Golden Bears top the first national rankings of the season in CIS women’s and men’s volleyball, respectively.

In other sports, the only change at the top is in women’s hockey, with the reigning CIS champion Montreal Carabins moving up one spot to leapfrog archrival McGill.

Meanwhile, Guelph (women’s & men’s cross country), Alberta (men’s hockey & women’s rugby), Ottawa (women’s soccer) and UBC (men’s soccer) all maintain their No. 1 status.

In women’s volleyball, UBC was a logical choice to open at No. 1 for the third straight year. Last season, the T-Birds claimed a record-tying sixth consecutive national title and added to their own CIS mark with a 10th banner overall.

UBC received 45 points in the first coaches’ poll of the campaign. Following in order are Trinity Western (42 points), Montreal (36), Manitoba (35), UBC Okanagan (32), Brandon (27), York (26), Winnipeg (21), Dalhousie (18) and Saint Mary’s (16).

On the men’s side, Alberta (10), Trinity Western (3), McMaster (3) and reigning national champion Laval (8) all earned first-place votes but the Bears tallied 200 total points compared to 181 for the Spartans, 175 for the Marauders and 160 for the Rouge et Or, who open in fourth place despite the fact they ended an 18-year domination by Canada West teams last winter when they defeated McMaster in the CIS gold-medal final.

Rounding out the first Top 10 of 2013-14 are Brandon (153 points), UBC (134), UNB (73), Saskatchewan (64), Ryerson (44), as well as Mount Royal (36) and (Western (36), who are tied at No. 10.

The CIS volleyball regular season kicks off this weekend in the OUA and next week in the three other conferences.

WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY

(points) / (previous rankings)

  • 1. Guelph 100 points / (1)
  • 2. Queen’s 88 / (2)
  • 3. Western 80 / (3)
  • 4. Victoria 59 / (4)
  • 5. Toronto 57 / (5)
  • T6. McMaster 40 / (6)
  • T6. Trinity Western 40 / (NR)
  • 8. Dalhousie 39 / (T7)
  • 9. McGill 21 / (T7)
  • 10. Laurentian 10 / (10)

MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY

(points) / (previous rankings)

  • 1. Guelph 100 points / (1)
  • 2. Laval 89 / (2)
  • 3. Windsor 79 / (4)
  • 4. Victoria 68 / (3)
  • 5. Queen’s 58 / (7)
  • 6. McMaster 50 / (5)
  • 7. Lakehead 41 / (6)
  • 8. Western 23 / (8)
  • 9. Regina 12 / (T9)
  • 10. Trinity Western 10 / (T9)

WOMEN’S HOCKEY

(regular season record) / (previous rankings)

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

MEN’S HOCKEY

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

  • 1. Alberta (4-0-0) / 166 points (13) / (1)
  • 2. UNB (0-0-0) / 157 (4) / (2)
  • 3. Western (2-0-0) / 116 / (3)
  • 4. Calgary (4-0-0) / 112 / (4)
  • 5. Waterloo (2-0-0) / 83 / (5)
  • 6. UPEI (0-0-0) / 66 / (7)
  • 7. Saskatchewan (2-2-0) / 51 / (6)
  • 8. Carleton (1-1-0) / 35 / (9)
  • 9. York (3-0-0) / 33 / (NR) *
  • 10. Saint Mary’s (0-0-0) / 33 / (8)

* York (over Saint Mary’s) was awarded the higher ranking based on number of higher-placed votes.

Other teams receiving votes: StFX (24), Lakehead (12), McGill (10), Guelph (10), Acadia (9), Concordia (7), Moncton (5), Dalhousie (2), Windsor (2), UQTR (2).

WOMEN’S RUGBY

(regular season / playoff records) / votes (first-place votes) / (previous rankings)

  • 1. Alberta (4-0) / 68 points (3) / (1)
  • 2. Guelph (5-0 / 1-0) / 62 (2) / (2)
  • 3. Queen’s (5-0 / 1-0) / 55 (1) / (4)
  • 4. Concordia (7-0) / 44 / (3)
  • 5. Acadia (7-0) / 40 (1) / (5)
  • 6. StFX (6-1) / 32 / (6)
  • 7. McGill (6-1) / 28 / (7)
  • 8. Calgary (2-1-1) / 18 / (8)
  • 9. Lethbridge (1-2-1) / 13 / (10)
  • 10. McMaster (3-2 / 1-0) / 11 / (9)

Other teams receiving votes: Western (7), Ottawa (5), Waterloo (3).

WOMEN’S SOCCER

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

  • 1. Ottawa (10-1-3) / 47 points / (1)
  • 2. Alberta (8-0-2) / 47 / (2)
  • 3. Western (9-0-5) / 38 / (4)
  • 4. UBC (7-0-3) / 30 / (6)
  • 5. Laval (8-1-1) / 28 / (3)
  • 6. Montreal (7-1-2) / 27 / (5)
  • 7. Toronto (9-2-3) / 18 / (10)
  • 8. Cape Breton (5-0-4) / 17 / (8)
  • 9. Victoria (8-2-0) / 10 / (NR)
  • 10. Dalhousie (6-2-1) / 8 / (9)

* Ottawa edges Alberta for No. 1 based on a higher ranking the previous week.

Other teams receiving votes: Carleton (2), Wilfrid Laurier (2), Trinity Western (1).

MEN’S SOCCER

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

  • 1. UBC (11-1-0) / 60 points / (1)
  • 2. Ryerson (11-0-1) / 54 / (2)
  • 3. York (10-2-1) / 47 / (3)
  • 4. Montreal (6-1-2) / 43 / (4)
  • 5. McMaster (10-2-2) / 34 / (6)
  • 6. Guelph (8-2-4) / 25 / (5)
  • 7. Saskatchewan (8-3-1) / 24 / (8)
  • 8. UNB (5-2-2) / 19 / (7)
  • 9. Saint Mary’s (5-2-3) / 11 / (9)
  • 10. Victoria (6-3-1) / 5 / (10)

WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL

(regular season record) / (votes)

  • 1. UBC (0-0) / 45 points
  • 2. Trinity Western (0-0) / 42
  • 3. Montreal (0-0) / 36
  • 4. Manitoba (0-0) / 35
  • 5. UBC Okanagan (0-0) / 32
  • 6. Brandon (0-0) / 27
  • 7. York (0-0) / 26
  • 8. Winnipeg (0-0) / 21
  • 9. Dalhousie (0-0) / 18
  • 10. Saint Mary’s (0-0) / 16

Next highest votes: McMaster (15), Alberta (14), Mount Royal (10), Queen’s (9), Ottawa (5).

MEN’S VOLLEYBALL

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

  • 1. Alberta (0-0) / 200 points (10)
  • 2. Trinity Western (0-0) / 181 (3)
  • 3. McMaster (0-0) / 175 (3)
  • 4. Laval (0-0) / 160 (8)
  • 5. Brandon (0-0) / 153
  • 6. UBC (0-0) / 134
  • 7. UNB (0-0) / 73
  • 8. Saskatchewan (0-0) / 64
  • 9. Ryerson (0-0) / 44
  • T10. Mount Royal (0-0) / 36
  • T10. Western (0-0) / 36

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