SPARTANS MEN’S VOLLEYBALL MOVE UP FOR SECOND WEEK

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TUESDAY, DECEMBER 01, 2009
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SPARTANS MEN’S VOLLEYBALL MOVE UP FOR SECOND WEEK

LANGLEY, British Columbia –
Trinity Western University men’s volleyball moves up one spot after weekend split with now No. 2 University of Calgary Dinos, while the women’s volleyball team remains at No. 6 for the second week in a row after a weekend sweep of the No. 9 Dinos in Calgary.

The UBC Thunderbirds and Laval Rouge et Or move up to No. 1 in this week’s CIS men’s basketball and men’s volleyball national coaches’ polls, respectively.

In other CIS sports, reigning national champions Simon Fraser (women’s basketball), UBC (women’s volleyball) hold on to their No. 1 positions.

Men’s basketball

Ranked second behind the reigning champion Carleton Ravens in the first four polls of the season, the 2008-09 CIS finalist UBC Thunderbirds (7-0) climb up to No. 1 in the final rankings of the fall semester.

The T-Birds, who lost 87-77 to Carleton in last year’s CIS final, were No. 1 for one week last season (third poll – Nov. 11). The Ravens, winners of six of the last seven W.P. McGee trophies, had topped 31 of 32 coaches’ polls dating back to the start of the 2007-08 campaign.

UBC, which received 41 of 42 first-place votes in this week’s Top 10, improved to 7-0 in conference play over the weekend with a pair of dominating road wins in Winnipeg. The Canada West Pacific Division-leading T-Birds outscored the Wesmen 89-54 on Friday and the Manitoba Bisons 93-75 on Saturday.

Meanwhile, the OUA East-leading Ravens (7-1), who earned the remaining first-place nod, were upset 76-73 by No. 10 Lakehead (7-1) in Thunder Bay on Friday night, before rebounding on Saturday with an 83-74 win over No. 6 McMaster (3-3).

There is only one conference game left before the Christmas break in CIS men’s basketball. Concordia visits UQAM on Saturday.

Men’s volleyball

The musical chair continues in men’s volleyball as the Laval Rouge et Or become the fourth team in fifth weeks to claim the No. 1 spot. Reigning CIS champion Alberta opened the season at No. 1 and held on for three weeks, McMaster took over in the next two polls, and Calgary was voted as the best team in the nation last Tuesday.

The Rouge et Or, who dropped a straight-set decision to Alberta last winter in their first appearance in the national final since 2000-01, had last topped the coaches’ poll in January of 2000, when they were No. 1 in the final two polls of the campaign. Laval goes into the break with a stellar 9-0 conference record thanks to a pair of 3-0 wins over Montreal and Sherbrooke this past weekend.

Calgary (6-2) falls to No. 2 following a weekend split against No. 6 Trinity Western (6-2).

Conference play in men’s volleyball will resume on January 8.

Women’s basketball

Defending national champion Simon Fraser improved to 7-0 in Canada West play with an 84-64 win over Lethbridge and a spectacular 110-73 victory over Calgary. The Clan received all 42 first-place votes from the coaches this week to earn the No.1 position for the 32nd time in 33 polls dating back to the start of the 2007-08 season.

There are only two conference games remaining before the Christmas break in CIS women’s basketball, including Simon Fraser visiting Fraser Valley (1-5) Thursday to make up for a Nov. 20 duel that had to be postponed. The other match-up sees Concordia visit UQAM on Saturday.

Women’s volleyball

The two-time reigning CIS champion UBC Thunderbirds go into the December break with an unblemished 9-0 conference mark thanks to a straight-set victory over cross-town rival Simon Fraser.

RMC and York face off on Sunday in the lone remaining regular season duel of the fall semester.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL
(regular season record) / (votes – first-place votes) / (previous rankings)

1. Simon Fraser (7-0) / 504 points (42) / (1)
2. Windsor (8-0) / 446 / (2)
3. Regina (7-1) / 420 /(3)
4. Laval (4-0) / 356 / (5)
5. Saskatchewan (5-3) / 335 / (4)
6. Cape Breton (7-0) / 313 / (6)
7. Victoria (4-3) / 254 / (7)
8. Alberta (6-4) / 186 / (9)
9. Memorial (5-1) / 154 / (10)
10. UBC (5-3) / 144 / (8)

Other teams receiving votes: Western Ontario (55), Calgary (48), Bishop’s (13), Brock (9), Carleton (9), StFX (6).

MEN’S BASKETBALL
(regular season record) / (votes – first-place votes) / (previous rankings)

1. UBC (7-0) / 502 points (41) / (2)
2. Carleton (7-1) / 462 points (1) / (1)
3. St. Francis Xavier (5-0) / 402 / (7)
4. Calgary (8-2) / 340 / (4)
5. Cape Breton (4-1) / 315 / (8)
6. McMaster (5-3) / 270 / (3)
7. Windsor (6-2) / 259 / (9)
8. Toronto (5-3) / 232 / (6)
9. Dalhousie (3-3) / 134 / (5)
10. Lakehead (7-1) / 126 / (NC)

Other teams receiving votes: Ottawa (101), Simon Fraser (86), Laval (18), Saskatchewan (11), Trinity Western (8).

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

1. UBC (9-0) / 60 points / (1)
2. Montreal (13-0) / 56 / (2)
3. Manitoba (7-2) / 52 / (3)
4. Regina (6-2) / 47 / (4)
5. Alberta (10-2) / 43 / (5)
6. Trinity Western (5-5) / 39 / (T6)
7. Brandon (6-2) / 38 / (T6)
8. Laval (10-3) / 31 / (8)
T9. Calgary (4-6) / 27 / (9)
T9. McGill (11-3) / 27 / (10)

Next highest votes (11th-15th): McMaster (15), Saint Mary’s (13), Sherbrooke (11.5), Western Ontario (11), Waterloo (7.5).

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

1. Laval (9-0) / 238.5 points / (3)
2. Calgary (6-2) / 222.5 / (1)
3. McMaster (8-1) / 191 / (4)
4. Alberta (7-3) / 188 / (2)
5. Dalhousie (7-1) / 145.5 / (5)
6. Trinity Western (6-2) / 143 / (7)
7. Manitoba (5-4) / 106.5 / (6)
8. Brandon (5-3) / 71 / (8)
9. Winnipeg (4-5) / 47 / (9)
10. Western Ontario (9-1) / 35.5 / (10)

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Last Updated: 2009-12-01
Author: Scott Stewart