SPARTANS FOUR FOR FOUR

CIS TOP TEN TUESDAY (8)
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2009
NATIONAL RANKINGS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

SPARTANS FOUR FOR FOUR

OTTAWA (CIS)
– This week’s poll has the two Trinity Western University soccer teams dropping out of the No. 1 spot. The men fall after three weeks in top spot, while the women drop out after seven straight weeks in the top spot. However, the initial men’s and women’s volleyball top ten rankings have the TWU women at No. 8 and the men at No. 10, which gives the Spartans four for four in having teams ranked in the top ten. The basketball rankings will come out later this month.

In men’s volleyball, the two-time defending champion Golden Bears, who have played in the last eight CIS finals, winning four of them, open at No. 1 for the third straight year. Alberta has now topped the last 34 national coaches polls going back to November of 2006 (1 for 1 in 2009-10, 13 of 13 in 2008-09, 12 of 12 in 2007-08, last 8 polls of 2006-07).

The Bears, who went 12-0 in the pre-season including a 6-0 mark against CIS opponents, kick off conference play this weekend with a pair of home tilts against the No. 4-Calgary Dinos, Friday and Saturday. The regular schedule also gets under way this week in Ontario, while AUS teams join the action on Oct. 31 and Quebec schools on Nov. 6.

Rounding out the first men’s volleyball Top 10 of the campaign are No. 2-McMaster, No. 3-Laval, No. 5-Manitoba, No. 6-UBC, No. 7-Dalhousie, No. 8-Brandon, No. 9-Winnipeg and No. 10-Trinity Western.

In women’s volleyball, the two-time defending gold-medallist Thunderbirds are ranked No. 1 for the first time since January of 2003.

UBC opens ahead of No. 2-Montreal, which led all 13 national polls last season before settling for bronze at the CIS championship, and No. 3-Manitoba, which topped all 14 polls in 2007-08.

The top-ranked T-Birds kick off the regular season this weekend when they host Winnipeg, Friday and Saturday. Conference play got under way on Oct. 16 in the OUA with Western defeating Laurier in straight sets. AUS teams hit the floor this weekend, while the Quebec schedule is set to start on Oct. 30.

Rounding out the first women’s volleyball Top 10 of the fall are No. 4-Calgary, No. 5-Alberta, No. 6-Laval, No. 7-Regina, No. 8-Trinity Western, No. 9-McGill and No. 10-UNB.

In other national rankings this week, Montreal takes over at No. 1 from Trinity Western in both women’s and men’s soccer.

In women’s soccer, the Carabins (10-0) had been second behind the Spartans (9-1) in the first seven polls of the season. Montreal was No. 1 in the last seven rankings a year ago before claiming CIS bronze.

In men’s soccer, the Carabins (7-1-1) return to the top of the rankings they had occupied for two weeks earlier this fall, before the Spartans took over in the last three polls.

WOMEN’S SOCCER
(regular season record) / (votes) / (previous rankings)

1. Montreal (10-0-0) / 39 points / (2)
2. Trinity Western (9-1-0) / 38 / (1)
3. Queen’s (11-1-2) / 31 / (6)
4. Victoria (6-1-3) / 28 / (4)
5. Ottawa (10-2-2) / 24 / (3)
6. Dalhousie (6-0-3) / 18 / (7)
7. Laval (7-3-0) / 9 / (NR)
8. UPEI (7-1-1) / 8 / (NR)
9. York (9-2-1) / 7 / (NR)
10. Wilfrid Laurier (9-2-1) / 6 / (5)

MEN’S SOCCER
(regular season record) / points / (previous rankings)

1. Montreal (7-1-1) / 59 points / (2)
2. York (8-2-2) / 51 / (3)
3. Trinity Western (6-1-3) / 48 / (1)
4. Dalhousie (6-0-3) / 42 / (4)
5. Toronto (10-1-2) / 39 / (6)
6. UPEI (7-2-0) / 32 / (7)
7. UBC (7-3-0) / 28 / (8)
8. Alberta (5-1-4) / 17 / (5)
9. Windsor (7-1-4) / 10 / (NR)
10. Queen’s (7-1-4) / 5 / (NR)

Other teams receiving votes: UNB, Guelph, Cape Breton, Laval.

WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL
(regular season record) / (votes) / (previous rankings)

1. UBC (0-0) / 60 points / (-)
2. Montreal (0-0) / 54 / (-)
3. Manitoba (0-0) / 49 / (-)
4. Calgary (0-0) / 47 / (-)
5. Alberta (0-0) / 42 / (-)
6. Laval (0-0) / 40 / (-)
7. Regina (0-0) / 34 / (-)
8. Trinity Western (0-0) / 31 / (-)
9. McGill (0-0) / 26 / (-)
10. UNB (0-0) / 25 / (-)

Next highest vote getters (11 to 15): Brandon (22), Waterloo (16), Western Ontario (12), Toronto (9), Sherbrooke (7).

MEN’S VOLLEYBALL
(regular season record) / points / (previous rankings)

1. Alberta (0-0) / 228.5 points / (-)
2. McMaster (0-0) / 180.5 / (-)
3. Laval (0-0) / 160 / (-)
4. Calgary (0-0) / 139.5 / (-)
5. Manitoba (0-0) / 106.5 / (-)
6. UBC (0-0) / 98.5 / (-)
7. Dalhousie (0-0) / 94.5 / (-)
8. Brandon (0-0) / 65.5 / (-)
9. Winnipeg (0-0) / 50 / (-)
10. Trinity Western (0-0) / 49.33 / (-)

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Last Updated: 2009-10-21
Author: Michel Belanger