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December 6, 2011

CIS Top Ten Tuesday (#14): Two Alberta teams move up to No. 1

OTTAWA (CIS) – A pair of University of Alberta squads move up to No. 1 in this week’s Canadian Interuniversity Sport national rankings.

The reigning CIS champion Pandas return to the top in women’s wrestling after falling to second place behind Brock a week ago, while in men’s swimming, the Golden Bears leapfrog four teams to grab the pole position.

In other CIS sports, Regina (women’s basketball & men’s wrestling), Carleton (men’s basketball), McGill (women’s hockey), UNB (men’s hockey), Calgary (women’s swimming), UBC (women’s volleyball) and Trinity Western (men’s volleyball) all maintain their No. 1 status.

In women’s basketball, Regina leads the way for the sixth time in as many coaches’ polls this season. The Cougars had wrapped up the fall portion of their regular schedule two weeks ago and head into the December break with an unblemished 7-0 conference record.

In men’s hoops, Carleton (8-0) also heads into the break with a perfect league mark thanks to a 102-53 rout of Waterloo and an 84-68 win over previously undefeated and eighth-ranked Laurier. The reigning national champion Ravens were a unanimous No. 1 choice for the first time this season, receiving all 44 first-place nods from CIS coaches this week.

In women’s hockey, McGill was off this past weekend. The Martlets kept a 10-1 league record during the fall semester.

In men’s hockey, UNB (11-2-1) survived a scare last Friday in its final AUS game before the break. Despite a 43-16 advantage in shots on net, the Varsity Reds needed overtime to edge cross-town rival St. Thomas 3-2.

In women’s volleyball, the top two teams in the country split a two-game series in Edmonton over the weekend. Second-ranked Alberta (7-3) prevailed 3-2 on Friday to hand No. 1 UBC (9-1) its first regular season loss in 11 months, but the reigning four-time CIS champion Thunderbirds rebounded the following night with a four-set win.

In men’s volleyball, No. 1 Trinity Western improved to 10-0 in Canada West action with 3-2 and 3-0 victories over Thompson Rivers in Kamloops, B.C.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

(regular season record) / votes (first-place votes) / (previous rankings)
1. Regina (7-0) / 336 pts (28) / (1)
2. Windsor (6-2) / 306 / (3)
3. UBC (4-2) / 263 / (4)
4. Carleton (5-3) / 261 / (2)
5. Saskatchewan (4-3) / 217 / (5)
6. Brock (8-0) / 213 / (6)
7. Alberta (6-2) / 167 / (7)
8. Acadia (4-1) / 115 / (10)
9. Ottawa (6-2) / 105 / (NR)
10. Toronto (5-3) / 83 / (8)

Other teams receiving votes: Cape Breton (68), Fraser Valley (28), Saint Mary’s (16).

MEN’S BASKETBALL

(regular season record) / votes (first-place votes) / (previous rankings)
1. Carleton (8-0) / 516 pts (44) / (1)
2. StFX (5-0) / 473 / (2)
3. Lakehead (7-1) / 429 / (3)
4. Saskatchewan (5-2) / 385 / (4)
5. Victoria (8-0) / 345 / (5)
6. Alberta (6-2) / 289 / (6)
7. UBC (4-2) / 239 / (7)
8. Wilfrid Laurier (7-1) / 210 / (8)
9. Fraser Valley (5-3) / 166 / (9)
10. Concordia (3-0) / 141 / (10)

Other teams receiving votes: McMaster (47), UPEI (40).

WOMEN’S HOCKEY

(regular season record) / (votes) / (previous rankings)
1. McGill (10-1-0) / (1)
2. Laurier (13-0-1) / (2)
3. Calgary (9-3-0) / (3)
4. StFX (9-2-0) / (4)
5. Moncton (10-1-0) / (5)
6. Guelph (12-3-1) / (6)
7. Queen’s (10-3-2) / (7)
8. Lethbridge (10-4-0) / (9)
9. Alberta (7-2-5) / (8)
10. Montreal (7-3-1) / (10)

MEN’S HOCKEY

(regular season record) / votes (first-place votes) / (previous rankings)
1. UNB (11-2-1) / 166 pts (14) / (1)
2. McGill (13-1-2) / 147 (3) / (2)
3. Western Ontario (13-1-2) / 122 / (4)
4. Saskatchewan (11-2-2) / 107 / (6)
5. Alberta (11-3-2) / 106 / (3)
6. Moncton (10-4-0) / 81 / (5)
7. Lakehead (13-3-0) / 73 / (8)
8. Saint Mary’s (10-5-1) / 41 / (NR)
9. Manitoba (10-4-2) / 38 / (9)
10. UQTR (13-5-1) / 21 / (10)

Other teams receiving votes: Acadia (18), Ottawa (8), Waterloo (7).

WOMEN’S SWIMMING

(points) / (previous rankings)
1. Calgary 566 points / (1)
2. Toronto 433 / (2)
3. Western Ontario 265 / (8)
4. Laval 251 / (9)
5. Alberta 225 / (5)
6. Dalhousie 203 / (3)
7. UBC 172 / (4)
8. Ottawa 123 / (7)
9. McMaster 114 / (10)
10. Guelph 87 / (NR)

MEN’S SWIMMING

(points) / (previous rankings)
1. Alberta 423 points / (5)
2. Toronto 420 / (4)
3. Dalhousie 354 / (1)
4. Calgary 344 / (3)
5. McGill 266 / (2)
6. Laval 215 / (10)
7. McMaster 173 / (8)
8. Western Ontario 159 / (NR)
9. Ottawa 143 / (9)
10. UBC 135 / (6)

WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL

(regular season record) / (votes) / (previous rankings)
1. UBC (9-1) / 60 points / (1)
2. Alberta (7-3) / 56 / (2)
T3. Saint Mary’s (9-0) / 50 / (3)
T3. Winnipeg (10-2) / 50 / (4)
5. Manitoba (7-3) / 43 / (5)
6. Montreal (7-2) / 41 / (6)
7. Laval (6-3) / 36 / (7)
8. York (9-0) / 30 / (8)
9. Calgary (6-6) / 27.5 / (10)
10. Trinity Western (7-3) / 25.5 / (9)

Next highest vote getters: Dalhousie (18), McGill (15), Brandon (13), Ottawa (8), Toronto (3).

MEN’S VOLLEYBALL

(regular season record) / votes (first-place votes) / (previous rankings)
1. Trinity Western (10-0) / 260 points (26) / (1)
2. Manitoba (9-1) / 233 (1) / (2)
3. Alberta (8-2) / 190 / (3)
4. UBC (7-3) / 172 / (5)
5. Laval (10-0) / 168 / (4)
6. Western Ontario (9-0) / 133 / (7)
7. Calgary (7-5) / 132 / (6)
8. Brandon (5-7) / 73 / (8)
9. McMaster (7-2) / 31 / (NR)
10. UBC Okanagan (3-7) / 21 / (9)

WOMEN’S WRESTLING

(previous rankings)
1. Alberta (2)
2. Brock (1)
3. Guelph (3)
4. Western Ontario (4)
5. Saskatchewan (5)
6. Calgary (6)
7. Concordia (7)
8. Lakehead (8)
9. UNB (9)
T10. Regina (T10)
T10. Winnipeg (T10)

MEN’S WRESTLING

(previous rankings)
1. Regina (1)
2. Guelph (2)
3. Alberta (3)
4. Concordia (4)
5. Western Ontario (5)
6. UNB (6)
7. Brock (7)
8. McMaster (8)
9. Calgary (9)
10. Saskatchewan (10)

-CIS-

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