SPARTANS FOUR FOR FOUR AGAIN

CIS TOP TEN TUESDAY (9)
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2009
NATIONAL RANKINGS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

SPARTANS WOMEN’S SOCCER BACK ON TOP
-TWU keeps four in top ten

LANGLEY, B.C.
– For second week in a row the Trinity Western University Spartans place four teams in the CIS Top Ten Rankings. Headlined by the TWU women’s soccer team, who return to No. 1 after one week at No. 2, the Spartans have men’s soccer moving up to No. 2, women’s volleyball at No. 8 and men’s volleyball at No. 10.

The defending national champion Spartans (11-1-0) are back at No. 1 after falling to second place behind the Montreal Carabins (10-1-1) last week.

Trinity Western scored a pair of 3-0 wins over Alberta and Saskatchewan over the weekend, while Montreal suffered its first loss of the regular season, a 3-2 setback against No. 8-Sherbrooke, before settling for a scoreless draw against No.9-Laval. The Carabins drop two spots to No. 3 following their one-point weekend, while the Queen’s Gaels (13-1-2) move up one position to No. 2.     

The playoffs get under way in OUA this week with four first-round match-up on Wednesday and four quarterfinals on Saturday.

In men’s soccer, the defending CIS champion Lions (9-2-3) are back at the top for the first time since the second coaches poll of the campaign.

York battled Windsor to a 0-0 draw and defeated Western 3-0 this past week, while Montreal (8-2-1), which had climbed up to No. 1 a week ago, was upset by Laval on Sunday, 2-0, and falls to No. 3 in the new poll. Trinity Western (8-1-3) moves up one position to No. 2 after weekend sweep of Alberta (1-0) and Saskatchewan (5-1).

OUA playoff match-ups are also scheduled on Wednesday and Saturday in men’s soccer.

In women’s volleyball, the reigning CIS gold-medallist Thunderbirds are off to a 2-0 start in Canada West play thanks to a pair of straight-set wins over Winnipeg.

The story of the week in women’s volleyball was a two-game Alberta sweep over Calgary, 3-1 and 3-2. The Pandas (2-0) move up two spots to No. 3 in the CIS rankings while the Dinos (0-2) drop two positions to No. 6.

In men’s volleyball, the two-time defending champion Golden Bears (1-1) top the national coaches poll for the 35th straight time dating back to November of 2006 despite opening Canada West play with a weekend split against Calgary. The Dinos (1-1) move up one position to No. 3 in the new poll.

Alberta prevailed 3-1 last Friday before being swept in straight sets on Saturday. The loss put an end to a number of Golden Bear streaks. The Bears had won 24 straight games in conference play since a 3-1 loss to UBC on January 25, 2008, had not been swept 3-0 since November 9, 2007, against Winnipeg, and had not been blanked at home since February 9, 2007, against Trinity Western.

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


1. Trinity Western (11-1-0) / 40 points / (2)
2. Queen’s (13-1-2) / 35 / (3)
3. Montreal (10-1-1) / 31 / (1)
4. Victoria (8-1-3) / 27 / (4)
5. Dalhousie (8-0-3) / 25 / (6)
6. Ottawa (11-2-3) / 23 / (5)
7. York (11-2-1) / 13 / (9)
8. Sherbrooke (8-2-2) / 9 / (NR)
9. Laval (8-3-1) / 6 / (7)
10. UPEI (8-2-1) / 5 / (8)

Other teams receiving votes: McGill, UBC.  

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


1. York (9-2-3) / 38 points / (2)
2. Trinity Western (8-1-3) / 36 / (3)
3. Montreal (8-2-1) / 34 / (1)
4. Toronto (11-1-2) / 27 / (5)
5. UBC (9-3-0) / 24 / (7)
6. Cape Breton (8-1-3) / 20 / (NR)
7. Windsor (8-1-5) / 18 / (9)
8. UPEI (8-3-0) / 12 / (6)
9. Dalhousie (6-2-3) / 8 / (4)
10. Victoria (7-5-1) / 4 / (NR)

Other teams receiving votes: Queen’s.

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


1. UBC (2-0) / 60 points / (1)
2. Montreal (0-0) / 56 / (2)
3. Alberta (2-0) / 52 / (5)
4. Manitoba (1-1) / 46 / (3)
5. Laval (0-0) / 43 / (6)
6. Calgary (0-2) / 40 / (4)
7. Regina (1-1) / 39 / (7)
8. Trinity Western (2-0) / 32 / (8)
9. McGill (0-0) / 26 / (9)
10. UNB (0-0) / 24 / (10)

Next highest vote getters (11 to 15): Brandon (22), Waterloo (15), Toronto (12), Western Ontario (5), Sherbrooke (5).

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


1. Alberta (1-1) / 222.5 points / (1)
2. McMaster (2-0) / 215 / (2)
3. Calgary (1-1) / 200.5 / (4)
4. Laval (0-0) / 187.5 / (3)
5. Manitoba (2-0) / 140 / (5)
6. Dalhousie (0-0) / 103 / (7)
7. UBC (1-1) / 99 / (6)
8. Winnipeg (1-1) / 90.5 / (9)
9. Brandon (0-0) / 59 / (8)
10. Trinity Western (0-0) / 25.5 / (10)

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Last Updated: 2009-10-27
Author: Michel Belanger