Mac grabs five Top 10 spots


The reigning national champion Brock Badgers and Concordia Stingers top the first Canadian Interuniversity Sport women’s and men’s wrestling rankings of the 2012-13 season.

In other CIS sports, the only change at the top this week sees the UBC Thunderbirds climb back to No. 1 in women’s volleyball. Meanwhile, Windsor’s women’s basketball, Carleton’s men’s basketball, McGill’s women’s hockey, Alberta’s men’s hockey and men’s volleyball, UBC women’s swimming, and Toronto’s men’s swimming all hold their respective disciplines.

In women’s wrestling, the Badgers open at No. 1 after claiming the program’s first CIS banner in a decade, last February in Thunder Bay. Alberta, Saskatchewan, Regina and Lakehead round out the top five.

On the men’s side, the Stingers repeated as national champions last season thanks to a narrow two-point lead over Regina in the team standings. Alberta, Western, Regina and McMaster follow in order in the inaugural Top 10.

In women’s volleyball, reigning five-time CIS champ UBC returns to the No. 1 spot after spending the last six weeks in second place behind archrival Trinity Western. While the T-Birds (11-1) closed out the fall semester last weekend with a pair of straight-set wins over Manitoba, the Spartans (10-2), who drop to No. 2 in the new poll, were upset 3-1 by UBC Okanagan on Saturday before rebounding with a 3-1 victory of their own in Sunday’s rematch.

Also of note at the halfway mark of the regular season, the No. 5 York Lions (8-0) head into the December break as the only undefeated team in the country.

In men’s volleyball, three squads end the first portion of the regular schedule with unblemished records, including Alberta (12-0), No. 2 McMaster (9-0) and No. 4 Laval (10-0). The top-ranked Golden Bears wrapped up the fall semester in convincing fashion last weekend with a 3-1, 3-0 sweep against Canada West newcomer Mount Royal.

Meanwhile, defending two-time CIS champion, No. 3 Trinity Western, is once again enjoying a solid campaign and currently sits in second place in the Canada West standings with a 10-2 mark.

In women’s basketball, reigning two-time Bronze Baby Trophy champion Windsor heads into the mid-season break with a perfect 7-0 record but has to share the OUA West lead with No. 10 Brock (7-0), also unbeaten in league play.

The top-ranked Lancers defeated Queen’s 72-64 last Friday in Kingston in their lone outing of the past weekend.
The No. 4 Saint Mary’s Huskies are also perfect after seven league contests and enjoy a six-point lead atop the AUS standings.

In men’s hoops, defending two-time W.P. McGee Trophy champ Carleton closed out the fall semester last weekend with convincing road wins over Waterloo, 73-43, and Laurier, 100-72. The Ravens (7-1) have won seven straight since a season-opening loss at No. 8 Windsor (5-2).

Three CIS teams are still undefeated in league play, including No. 2 Acadia (6-0), No. 4 Cape Breton (7-0) and No. 9 Ryerson (8-0).

In women’s hockey, top-ranked McGill (11-0) is the only unbeaten squad in the nation at the end of the fall semester thanks to a 4-0 shutout against Carleton, last Friday. The Martlets also defeated visiting NCAA rival Brown 3-1 in non-conference action, on Saturday.
The reigning CIS titlist Calgary Dinos are ranked No. 2 nationally and currently sit atop the Canada West standings with a 13-2-1 record.

In men’s hockey, top-seeded Alberta wrapped up the fall portion of the schedule with a weekend split against No. 9 Manitoba (9-4-3) in Winnipeg, including a 3-2 shootout win in Friday’s series opener and a 4-2 loss on Saturday. The Golden Bears (14-4-0) hold a slim two-point advantage over No. 3 Saskatchewan (13-3-0) in the Canada West standings at the break but the Huskies have two games in hand.

The McGill Redmen (10-5-0), who lost a number of key players to graduation after they captured the first University Cup title in school history last March, have spent most of first semester out of the Top 10 but have rebounded nicely from an 0-3 start and have now won four straight league contests and eight of their last 10.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL
(previous rankings)

1. Windsor
2. Fraser Valley
3. Regina
4. Saint Mary’s
5. Carleton
6. Acadia
7. Calgary
8. Saskatchewan
9. UBC
10. Brock

Other teams receiving votes: Victoria (97), Concordia (46), Ottawa (20).

MEN’S BASKETBALL
1. Carleton
2. Acadia
3. UBC
4. Cape Breton
5. McGill
6. Fraser Valley
7. Alberta
8. Windsor
9. Ryerson
10. Ottawa

Other teams receiving votes: Saskatchewan (78), Bishop’s (42).

WOMEN’S HOCKEY
1. McGill
2. Calgary
3. Montreal
4. Queen’s
5. Laurier
6. StFX
7. Western
8. Alberta
9. Regina
10. St. Thomas

Other teams receiving votes: Guelph.

MEN’S HOCKEY
1. Alberta
2. Acadia
3. Saskatchewan
4. UNB
5. Western
6. UQTR
7. Saint Mary’s
8. Windsor
9. Manitoba
10. Carleton

Other teams receiving votes: St. Francis Xavier (5), McGill (5), Guelph (3), Calgary (1), Moncton (1), Toronto (1).

WOMEN’S SWIMMING
1. UBC
2. Toronto
3. Calgary
4. Dalhousie
5. Montreal
6. McGill
7. McMaster
8. Alberta
9. UQTR
10. Guelph

MEN’S SWIMMING
1. Toronto
2. Calgary
3. McGill
4. Dalhousie
5. UBC
6. Alberta
7. McMaster
8. Laval
9. Guelph
10. Montreal

WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL
1. UBC
2. Trinity Western
3. Alberta
4. Laval
T5. Dalhousie
T5. York
7. Ottawa
8. Sherbrooke
9. UBC Okanagan
10. Montreal

Next highest: Mount Royal, Manitoba, Queen’s, Calgary, Winnipeg.

MEN’S VOLLEYBALL
1. Alberta
2. McMaster
3. Trinity Western
4. Laval
5. Manitoba
6. UBC
7. Brandon
8. Saskatchewan
9. Waterloo
10. Thompson Rivers

WOMEN’S WRESTLING
1. Brock
2. Alberta
3. Saskatchewan
4. Regina
5. Lakehead
6. Concordia
7. Western
8. McMaster
9. Calgary
10. Guelph

MEN’S WRESTLING
1. Concordia
2. Alberta
3. Western
4. Regina
5. McMaster
6. Brock
7. Guelph
8. Saskatchewan
9. Lakehead
10. Winnipeg