CIS TOP TEN TUESDAY (#19): Six McGill teams nationally ranked this week

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CIS Top 10


OTTAWA – A season-high six varsity sports teams from McGill University find themselves in the CIS Top 10 national rankings. The hockey Martlets (12-4) remain No.2 after splitting their two games last week, losing 5-0 at top-ranked Montreal and rebounding with a 7-2 home-ice victory over Carleton. The Martlets will play once this week, at Concordia on Saturday at 2:30 p.m.
 
The basketball Martlets (9-1) dropped two spots to No. 4 after splitting their two contests with unranked UQAM, losing 76-71 in double overtime and winning 57-55 on a buzzer-beater by Alex Kiss-Rusk. The Martlets will confront Concordia this week in a home-and-home series beginning Thursday (6 pm) at Love Competition Hall and at the Loyola campus on Saturday (2 pm).
 
The hockey Redmen (19-5) jumped two spots to No.6 after stretching their win streak to six with a 5-2 road win over No.5 UQTR and a 4-1 home-ice decision over UOIT. The Redmen are in a three-way tie for first with Carleton and UQTR in the OUA East and will wrap up the regular season this week with the annual Corey Cup game at Concordia on Friday (7:30 pm) and a home game against RMC on Saturday (7 pm).
 
New in the Top 10 poll this week is the McGill women’s volleyball squad (11-6), which split their two matches last week. They rebounded from a 3-0 loss to No.4 Montreal with a stellar 3-2 win over visiting Laval. The Martlets are in a three-way tie with Sherbrooke and Laval for the last two playoff spots and will control their destiny when they wrap up their regular season this weekend. They face crucial games against visiting Sherbrooke at home on Friday (7 pm) and at Laval in Quebec City on Saturday.
 
In swimming, the idle McGill swim teams are both ranked No.8 and will be back in pool this weekend for a three-day meet at the RSEQ conference championships, hosted by the Université de Montréal,
 
Taking a quick look around the top-ranked teams in the CIS, the University of Toronto Varsity Blues and University of Alberta Pandas are tied for No. 1 in this week’s CIS women’s volleyball rankings. The undefeated Varsity Blues (17-0), who will host the 2015 CIS championship presented by Canuck Stuff from Feb. 26 to March 1, had never topped the national coaches’ poll before this week. The Pandas (17-5) had topped eight straight polls earlier this season before being dethroned by UBC Okanagan two weeks ago. UBC-O (17-5) falls to No. 3 in the new rankings.
 
In other CIS sports, Windsor (women’s basketball), Ottawa (men’s basketball), Montreal (women’s hockey), Alberta (men’s hockey), McMaster (men’s volleyball), UBC (women’s & men’s swimming), Toronto (women’s track & field), Guelph (men’s track & field), Brock (women’s wrestling) and Fraser Valley (men’s wrestling) all hold on to their No. 1 status.
 
In one of the most anticipated matchups of the coming weekend, the top two teams in CIS men’s basketball square off in the nation’s capital Friday at 8 p.m. for the ninth annual MBNA Capital Hoops Classic at Canadian Tire Centre.
 
The top-ranked Gee-Gees (14-0) put their unblemished record on the line against the No. 2 Carleton Ravens (12-2). Ottawa prevailed 68-66 in the first head-to-head meeting of the season on Jan. 10 but the last time the rivals met at the CTC, last March, Carleton came out on top 79-67 in the CIS championship match to capture its fourth straight national title.
 

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

(regular season record) / votes (first-place votes) / (previous ranking)
 
1. Windsor (13-1) / 552 points (46) / (1)
2. UBC (13-3) / 497 / (3) 
3. Saskatchewan (13-3) / 437 / (4) 
4. McGill (9-1) / 432 / (2) 
5. Alberta (13-4) / 363 / (6) 
6. Wilfrid Laurier (12-2) / 301 / (5) 
7. Ryerson (12-3) / 284 / (7) 
8. Lakehead (11-3) / 236 / (9)
9. McMaster (11-4) / 209 / (8) 
10. Regina (12-4) / 112 / (NR) 
 
Other teams receiving votes: Thompson Rivers (55), Saint Mary’s (31).
 

MEN’S BASKETBALL

(regular season record) / votes (first-place votes) / (previous ranking)
 
1. Ottawa (14-0) / 449 points (44) / (1)   
2. Carleton (12-2) / 403 (1) / (2)   
3. Ryerson (13-2) / 363 / (3)   
4. McMaster (12-3) / 306 / (4)   
5. Saskatchewan (12-4) / 259 / (6)   
6. Windsor (9-5) / 210 / (5)   
7. Victoria (12-4) / 200 / (7) 
8. UNB (12-3) / 124 / (9) 
9. Fraser Valley (15-1) / 66 / (8)   
10. Calgary (12-5) / 58 / (10)   
 
Other teams receiving votes: UBC (21), Winnipeg (8).
 

WOMEN’S HOCKEY

(regular season record) / (previous ranking)
 
1. Montreal (13-3-0) / (1)
2. McGill (12-4-0) / (2)
3. Western (16-1-3) / (3)
4. Queen’s (14-3-3) / (5)
5. Alberta (17-6-1) / (4)
6. Guelph (15-2-3) / (7)
7. StFX (20-2-0) / (6)
8. Manitoba (18-5-1) / (8)
9. UBC (15-5-4) / (9)
10. Toronto (15-3-3) / (NR)
 

MEN’S HOCKEY

(regular season record) / votes (first-place votes) / (previous ranking)
 
1. Alberta (24-3-1) / 160 points (16) / (1)
2. UNB (21-3-2) / 144 / (3)
3. Acadia (19-4-3) / 124 / (2)
4. Calgary (20-8-0) / 107 / (4)
5. Saint Mary’s (18-7-1) / 76 / (6)
6. McGill (19-5-0) / 70 / (8)
7. Windsor (20-4-1) / 66 / (7)
8. UQTR (18-4-2) / 63 / (5)
9. Carleton (19-5-0) / 41 / (10)
10. Mount Royal (17-10-1) / 14 / (9)
 
Other teams receiving votes: StFX (8), Western (7).
 

WOMEN’S SWIMMING

(points) / (previous ranking)
 
1. UBC 687 points / (1)
2. Montreal 459 / (2)
3. Toronto 390 / (3)
4. Calgary 275 / (4)
5. Laval 188 / (5)
6. Western 169 / (6)
7. Dalhousie 140 / (7)
8. McGill 79 / (8)
9. Ottawa 78 / (9)
10. McMaster 73 / (10)
 

MEN’S SWIMMING

(points) / (previous ranking)
 
1. UBC 735 points / (1)
2. Toronto 459 / (2)
3. Alberta 284 / (3)
4. Calgary 269 / (5)
5. Victoria 265 / (4)
6. Dalhousie 103 / (6)
7. Ottawa 102 / (7)
T8. Manitoba 100 / (8)
T8. McGill 100 / (T9)
10. McMaster 98 / (T9)
 

WOMEN’S TRACK & FIELD

(points) / (previous ranking)
 
1. Toronto 155.7 points / (1)
2. Western 64.2 / (3)
3. Trinity Western 62 / (5)
4. York 60 / (6)
5. Guelph 49.2 / (2)
6. Saskatchewan 47.2 / (4)
7. Windsor 36.75 / (7)
8. Alberta 35 / (8)
9. Sherbrooke 29.5 / (10)
10. Regina 25 / (9)
 

MEN’S TRACK & FIELD

(points) / (previous ranking)
 
1. Guelph 79.5 points / (1)
2. Windsor 76.5 / (2)
3. York 74 / (3)
4. Toronto 65 / (4)
5. Laval 63 / (7)
6. Western 57.5 / (5)
7. Victoria 57 / (6)
8. Trinity Western 47.5 / (8)
9. Sherbrooke 32 / (9)
10. Regina 22 / (10)
 

WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL

(regular season record) / votes / (previous ranking)
 
T1. Alberta (17-5) / 56 points / (2)
T1. Toronto (17-0) / 56 / (3)
3. UBC Okanagan (17-5) / 51 / (1)
4. Montreal (14-3) / 50 / (4)
5. Trinity Western (17-5) / 47 / (5)
6. Brandon (13-9) / 36.5 / (T8)
7. Ottawa (14-3) / 34.5 / (6)
8. Calgary (14-10) / 23 / (10)
9. McGill (11-6) / 21 / (NR)
10. McMaster (14-3) / 20.5 / (NR)
 

MEN’S VOLLEYBALL

(regular season record) / votes (first-place votes) / (previous ranking)
 
1. McMaster (17-1) / 278 points (26) / (1)
2. Alberta (19-3) / 233 (1) / (2)
3. Trinity Western (18-4) / 225 (1) / (3)
4. Brandon (17-5) / 210 / (4)
5. Dalhousie (16-1) / 170 / (5)
6. Winnipeg (13-9) / 127 / (6)
7. Manitoba (12-10) / 115 / (7)
8. Saskatchewan (12-10) / 63 / (T8)
9. UBC (11-11) / 50 / (T8)
10. Waterloo (13-6) / 42 / (NR)
 

WOMEN’S WRESTLING

(previous ranking) / (points)
 
1. Brock (1) / 52 points
T2. Alberta (2) / 41
T2. Calgary (3) / 41
4. Guelph (4) / 36
5. Lakehead (5) / 24
6. Saskatchewan (6) / 22
7. Regina (7) / 15
8. Laurentian (8) / 12
9. Concordia (10) / 10
10. Winnipeg (9) / 8
 

MEN’S WRESTLING

(previous ranking) / (points)
 
1. Fraser Valley (1) / 59
2. Brock (2) / 56
3. Winnipeg (3) / 43
4. Alberta (4) / 41
5. Guelph (5) / 33
6. McMaster (8) / 32
T7. Saskatchewan (6) / 31
T7. Calgary (7) / 31
T7. Regina (T9) / 31
10. Western (NR) / 30
 
 
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