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January 10, 2012

CIS Top Ten Tuesday (#15): New national leaders in track & field, men’s swimming

Photo credit Josh Schaefer

OTTAWA (CIS) – There is a trio of new leaders in the first CIS national rankings of 2012, including Dalhousie in men’s swimming, and Saskatchewan (women) and Guelph (men) in indoor track and field.

In other CIS sports, Regina (women’s basketball), 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, top-ranked Regina resumed conference play this past weekend with a pair of lopsided victories at Brandon, 96-38 and 92-46. The Cougars (9-0) put their unblemished regular season record on the line later this week when they host Manitoba (3-7) for a Friday-Saturday doubleheader.

In men’s basketball, Carleton also dominated in its return to conference action with easy road wins over York, 90-54, and Laurentian, 98-51. The perfect Ravens (10-0) hit the road again this weekend to face Ryerson (5-5) and Toronto (5-5).

In women’s hockey, McGill (10-1-0) resumes RSEQ play Friday against Concordia (3-8-0) and will also battle No. 10 Montreal (8-3-1) on Saturday. The Martlets were busy and successful over the holiday break, claiming the inaugural Martlet Holiday Invitational Tournament (Dec. 28-30) with wins over No. 4 StFX, 4-0, Manitoba, 3-0, and second-ranked Laurier, 5-4 in a shootout, as well as a 4-0 exhibition victory over NCAA rival Yale.

In men’s hockey, UNB (13-2-1) went a perfect 4-for-4 since the last Top 10 ranking on Dec. 6. The Varsity Reds outscored Ottawa 7-4 and 8-4 in a pair of non-conference tilts in late December, and then defeated StFX, 5-2, and Saint Mary’s, 3-2, last weekend in their return to AUS league action. The reigning University Cup champions visit Saint Mary’s (10-7-1) on Friday and StFX (5-9-3) on Saturday.

In women’s volleyball, UBC took the court only once since its last league game in early December but it was quite the duel. In non-conference action, the defending CIS champions erased a two-set deficit to edge No. 7 Laval 3-2 last Thursday in Vancouver in a rematch of last year’s national final. The Thunderbirds (9-1) host Thompson Rivers (4-8) Friday and Saturday in Canada West play.

In men’s volleyball, Trinity Western scored a pair of non-conference wins over OUA rival Queen’s last week, 3-0 and 3-1. The Spartans (10-0) hope to remain perfect in league play this weekend against a top opponent as No. 3 Alberta (8-2) pays a visit to the CIS champs in Langley, B.C.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

(regular season record) / votes (first-place votes) / (previous rankings)
1. Regina (9-0) / 384 pts (32) / (1)
2. Windsor (8-2) / 348 / (2)
3. UBC (6-2) / 315 / (3)
4. Carleton (7-3) / 248 / (4)
5. Saskatchewan (5-4) / 229 / (5)
6. Alberta (7-3) / 212 / (7)
7. Ottawa (8-2) / 201 / (9)
8. Brock (9-1) / 179 / (6)
9. Acadia (5-1) / 134 / (8)
10. Toronto (7-3) / 63 / (10)

Other teams receiving votes: Fraser Valley (56), Saint Mary’s (50), Concordia (41).

MEN’S BASKETBALL

(regular season record) / votes (first-place votes) / (previous rankings)
1. Carleton (10-0) / 516 pts (44) / (1)
2. StFX (7-0) / 470 / (2)
3. Lakehead (9-1) / 433 / (3)
4. Saskatchewan (6-3) / 332 / (4)
5. UBC (6-2) / 329 / (7)
6. Victoria (9-1) / 311 / (5)
7. Wilfrid Laurier (9-1) / 282 / (8)
8. Alberta (6-4) / 181 / (6)
9. Concordia (4-0) / 154 / (10)
10. Fraser Valley (6-4) / 76 / (9)

Other teams receiving votes: Ottawa (72), McMaster (36).

WOMEN’S HOCKEY

(regular season record) / (votes) / (previous rankings)
1. McGill (10-1-0) / (1)
2. Laurier (15-0-1) / (2)
3. Calgary (10-4-0) / (3)
4. StFX (11-2-0) / (4)
5. Moncton (11-1-0) / (5)
6. Guelph (12-3-1) / (6)
7. Alberta (8-2-6) / (9)
8. Queen’s (10-5-2) / (7)
9. Saskatchewan (12-4-0) / (NR)
10. Montreal (8-3-1) / (10)

MEN’S HOCKEY

(regular season record) / votes (first-place votes) / (previous rankings)
1. UNB (13-2-1) / 167 pts (14) / (1)
2. McGill (15-1-2) / 146 (3) / (2)
3. Western Ontario (15-1-2) / 123 / (3)
4. Alberta (13-3-2) / 121 / (5)
5. Saskatchewan (13-3-2) / 107 / (4)
6. Moncton (11-5-0) / 67 / (6) *
7. Lakehead (15-3-0) / 67 / (7)
8. Acadia (11-5-1) / 49 / (NR) *
9. Manitoba (12-4-2) / 49 / (9)
10. UQTR (14-5-1) / 18 / (10)

Moncton (over Lakehead) and Acadia (over Manitoba) were awarded the higher ranking based on number of higher-placed votes.

Other teams receiving votes: Saint Mary’s (17), UPEI (3), Ottawa (1).

WOMEN’S SWIMMING

(points) / (previous rankings)
1. Calgary 564 points / (1)
2. Toronto 426 / (2)
3. Western Ontario 257 / (3)
4. Laval 255 / (4)
5. Alberta 239 / (5)
6. Dalhousie 189 / (6)
7. UBC 167 / (7)
8. Ottawa 119 / (8)
9. McMaster 108 / (9)
10. Guelph 95 / (10)

MEN’S SWIMMING

(points) / (previous rankings)
1. Dalhousie 409 points / (3)
T2. Alberta 403 / (1)
T2. Toronto 403 / (2)
4. Calgary 339 / (4)
5. McGill 255 / (5)
6. Laval 198 / (6)
7. McMaster 168 / (7)
8. Victoria 157 / (NR)
9. Guelph 135 / (NR)
10. UBC 134 / (10)

WOMEN’S TRACK & FIELD

(points) / (previous rankings)
1. Saskatchewan 86.5 points / (6)
2. Calgary 72.5 / (NR)
3. Toronto 72 / (3)
T4. Windsor 59 / (1)
T4. Guelph 59 / (4)
T4. Alberta 59 / (T9)
7. Western Ontario 54.5 / (2)
8. York 42 / (8)
9. Ottawa 30 / (5)
10. Regina 23.5 / (NR)

MEN’S TRACK & FIELD

(points) / (previous rankings)
1. Guelph 95.5 points / (6)
2. York 63.5 / (5)
3. Windsor 63 / (1)
4. Ottawa 58 / (2)
5. Regina 52 / (8)
6. Laval 41 / (4)
7. Western Ontario 40 / (3)
8. Alberta 38.5 / (9)
9. Saskatchewan 36.5 / (NR)
10. Sherbrooke 31 / (NR)

WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL

(regular season record) / (votes) / (previous rankings)
1. UBC (9-1) / 60 points / (1)
2. Alberta (7-3) / 56 / (2)
3. Saint Mary’s (9-0) / 50 / (T3)
4. Winnipeg (10-2) / 49 / (T3)
5. Montreal (7-2) / 43 / (6)
6. Manitoba (7-3) / 41 / (5)
7. Laval (6-3) / 37 / (7)
8. Trinity Western (7-3) / 30 / (10)
9. Dalhousie (7-2) / 26 / (NR)
10. York (9-1) / 25 / (8)

Next highest vote getters: Calgary (23), McGill (14), Queen’s (8), Toronto (7), Brandon (5), Ottawa (5).

MEN’S VOLLEYBALL

(regular season record) / votes (first-place votes) / (previous rankings)
1. Trinity Western (10-0) / 240 points (24) / (1)
2. Manitoba (9-1) / 221 (1) / (2)
3. Alberta (8-2) / 183 / (3)
4. Laval (10-0) / 173 / (5)
5. UBC (7-3) / 144 / (4)
6. Western Ontario (11-0) / 134 / (6)
7. Calgary (7-5) / 95 / (7)
T8. Brandon (5-7) / 60 / (8)
T8. McMaster (7-2) / 60 / (9)
10. Saskatchewan (1-9) / 19 / (NR)

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