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February 14, 2012

CIS Top Ten Tuesday (#20): New national leaders in men’s hockey, women’s track & field

OTTAWA (CIS) – For the second straight week, new teams top the CIS national rankings in men’s hockey and women’s track and field.

In men’s hockey, the reigning CIS champion UNB Varsity Reds, who topped the first 10 polls of the campaign, move back to No. 1 after spending the last three weeks behind McGill (two weeks) and Western (one week).

In women’s track and field, the Guelph Gryphons move back to the top after dropping behind Windsor and Saskatchewan last Tuesday.

In other CIS sports, Regina (women’s basketball), Carleton (men’s basketball), Wilfrid Laurier (women’s hockey), UBC (women’s swimming), Toronto (men’s swimming), Windsor (men’s track and field), UBC (women’s volleyball), Trinity Western (men’s volleyball), Brock (women’s wrestling) and Concordia (men’s wrestling) all maintain their No. 1 status.

In women’s basketball, top-ranked Regina (19-0) is one win away from the first unblemished regular season in program history following a weekend sweep at Lethbridge, 99-85 and 78-63. The Cougars should get all they can handle in their conference finale however as they visit No. 3 Saskatchewan (15-4) on Saturday.

In men’s hoops, Carleton easily improved to 20-0 over the weekend thanks to a 115-43 domination of RMC and an 80-47 victory over Queen’s. The reigning CIS champions wrap up their OUA schedule with home games against Toronto (9-11) on Friday and Ryerson (12-8) on Saturday. The Ravens finished 22-0 a year ago en route to their seventh CIS title in nine seasons.

In women’s hockey, No. 1 Laurier (25-0-1) beat Brock 3-1 and seventh-ranked Guelph 5-0 to end the regular season as the only team in the country without a loss in regulation. The Golden Hawks host Brock (12-13-1) on Wednesday in Game 1 of a best-of-three OUA quarter-final series.

In men’s hockey, UNB return to No. 1 after closing out conference play with three wins in four days, including 4-1 victories over nationally ranked Moncton and UPEI. The V-Reds, who were ranked second behind Western a week ago, finished first in the Atlantic conference standings and enjoy a bye in the first round of the AUS playoffs.

In women’s volleyball, UBC (18-2) closed out conference play with a weekend split against No. 3 Trinity Western, losing a five-setter last Friday before rebounding the following night with a 3-0 win. The reigning four-time CIS champion Thunderbirds, who had already secured first place in Canada West before the two-game set, have a bye in the first round of the payoffs.

In men’s volleyball, Trinity Western (19-1) put the finishing touch to an exceptional regular schedule with back-to-back straight-set wins against eighth-ranked UBC. The defending national champion Spartans will enjoy a rest this weekend as the Canada West playoffs get under way with the quarter-final round.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

(regular season record) / votes (first-place votes) / (previous rankings)
1. Regina (19-0) / 396 pts (33) / (1)
2. Windsor (19-2) / 363 / (2)
3. Saskatchewan (15-4) / 330 / (3)
4. UBC (14-3) / 296 / (4)
5. Carleton (15-5) / 261 / (5)
6. Ottawa (17-3) / 235 / (6)
7. Acadia (13-2) / 182 / (7)
8. Alberta (13-7) / 177 / (8)
9. Fraser Valley (12-6) / 132 / (10)
10. Calgary (14-6) / 86 / (9)

Other teams receiving votes: Toronto (65), McGill (29), Cape Breton (13).

MEN’S BASKETBALL

(regular season record) / votes (first-place votes) / (previous rankings)
1. Carleton (20-0) / 516 pts (44) / (1)
2. Lakehead (18-2) / 473 / (2)
3. Saskatchewan (15-4) / 430 / (3)
4. Fraser Valley (13-5) / 374 / (5)
5. UBC (13-4) / 333 / (7)
6. Victoria (13-4) / 299 / (4)
7. Wilfrid Laurier (16-4) / 239 / (6)
8. StFX (12-4) / 228 / (8)
9. Alberta (14-6) / 164 / (10)
T10. Concordia (10-2) / 98 / (9)
T10. McMaster (15-5) / 98 / (NR)

Other teams receiving votes: UPEI (15), Calgary (14).

WOMEN’S HOCKEY

(regular season record) / (votes) / (previous rankings)
1. Laurier (25-0-1) / (1)
2. McGill (17-1-1) / (2)
3. Calgary (20-4-0) / (3)
4. StFX (17-4-0) / (5)
5. Moncton (16-3-1) / (4)
6. Alberta (14-3-7) / (7)
7. Guelph (18-6-2) / (6)
8. Saskatchewan (16-6-2) / (8)
9. Montreal (12-5-2) / (9)
10. Queen’s (14-9-3) / (NR)

Other teams receiving votes: Toronto.

MEN’S HOCKEY

(regular season record) / votes (first-place votes) / (previous rankings)
1. UNB (20-5-3) / 163 pts (11) / (2)
2. McGill (22-4-2) / 150 (6) / (3)
3. Western (21-4-3) / 120 / (1)
4. Manitoba (18-5-3) / 116 / (4)
5. Alberta (18-6-2) / 104 / (5)
6. Saint Mary’s (18-7-3) / 96 / (6)
7. Saskatchewan (17-6-3) / 56 / (9)
8. Moncton (18-9-1) / 49 / (7)
9. UPEI (18-10-0) / 30 / (8)
10. UQTR (19-7-2) / 26 / (10)

Other teams receiving votes: Lakehead (15), Calgary (6), Nipissing (3), Acadia (1).

WOMEN’S SWIMMING

(points) / (previous rankings)
1. UBC 607 pts / (1)
2. Calgary 519 / (2)
3. Toronto 359 / (3)
4. Laval 239 / (4)
5. Western 233 / (6)
6. Alberta 149 / (5)
7. Dalhousie 146 / (7)
T8. McMaster 97 / (8)
T8. Ottawa 97 / (9)
10. Guelph 83 / (10)

MEN’S SWIMMING

(points) / (previous rankings)
1. Toronto 457 pts / (1)
2. UBC 336 / (4)
3. Calgary 321 / (3)
4. Dalhousie 318 / (5)
5. Alberta 305 / (2)
6. McMaster 301 / (9)
7. Western 163 / (NR)
8. McGill 156 / (6)
9. Guelph 154 / (10)
10. Laval 144 / (7)

WOMEN’S TRACK & FIELD

(points) / (previous rankings)
1. Guelph 87.5 pts / (3)
2. Windsor 83 / (1)
3. Western 75.5 / (6)
4. Toronto 61 / (4)
5. Saskatchewan 60.5 / (2)
6. Calgary 47.5 / (5)
7. Alberta 39.5 / (7)
8. York 37.5 / (8)
9. McMaster 33 / (NR)
10. Victoria 25 / (10)

MEN’S TRACK & FIELD

(points) / (previous rankings)
1. Windsor 126.5 pts / (1)
2. Guelph 87 / (4)
3. York 75.5 / (3)
4. Ottawa 74.5 / (2)
5. Western 67 / (5)
6. Sherbrooke 38 / (8)
T7. Laval 33 / (6)
T7. Toronto 33 / (7)
9. Saskatchewan 28 / (9)
10. Regina 22 / (T10)

WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL

(regular season record) / (votes) / (previous rankings)
1. UBC (18-2) / 60 pts / (1)
2. Saint Mary’s (16-1) / 55 / (2)
T3. Winnipeg (14-6) / 48 / (4)
T3. Trinity Western (13-7) / 48 / (T5)
5. Alberta (14-6) / 47.5 / (3)
6. Montreal (12-3) / 40.5 / (T5)
7. Dalhousie (14-3) / 33 / (8)
8. Manitoba (11-9) / 30 / (10)
9. York (16-2) / 26 / (NR)
10. McGill (5-10 / 2-1 playoffs) / 24 / (NR)

Next highest vote getters: Calgary (21), Laval (14), Ottawa (13), Queen’s (9), Thompson Rivers (8).

MEN’S VOLLEYBALL

(regular season record) / votes (first-place votes) / (previous rankings)
1. Trinity Western (19-1) / 246 pts (21) / (1)
2. Manitoba (18-2) / 224 (2) / (2)
3. Laval (17-0) / 202 (2) / (3)
4. Alberta (15-5) / 181 / (4)
5. Western (16-2) / 135 / (5)
6. Calgary (11-9) / 114 / (7)
7. Brandon (11-9) / 109 / (8)
8. UBC (10-10) / 98 / (6)
9. McMaster (15-3) / 62 / (9)
10. Queen’s (12-6) / 22 / (NR)

WOMEN’S WRESTLING

(previous rankings)
1. Brock (1)
2. Alberta (2)
3. Saskatchewan (5)
4. Guelph (4)
5. Lakehead (3)
6. Calgary (7)
7. Western (6)
8. Concordia (T8)
9. Regina (T8)
10. Memorial (NR)

MEN’S WRESTLING

(previous rankings)
1. Concordia (1)
2. Alberta (2)
T3. Regina (3)
T3. McMaster (4)
5. Western (5)
6. Guelph (8)
7. Brock (6)
8. Saskatchewan (T10)
9. UNB (7)
10. Lakehead (9)

-CIS-

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