Two Mac teams improve national rankings


(Photo: Fraser Caldwell/McMaster Athletics)

(Photo: Fraser Caldwell/McMaster Athletics)

Tuesday’s fresh batch of Canadian Interuniversity Sport top-ten polls sees the McMaster Marauder men’s volleyball and men’s soccer rise, while the cross country teams and women’s rugby stayed put at their rankings of a week ago.

McMaster’s men’s volleyball jumped one spot to No. 2 after winning two of three matches at the Dino Cup pre-season tournament over the course of the weekend. The Marauders defeated the host Dinos and Trinity Western Spartans, each in five sets, while falling to the No. 1-ranked Alberta Golden Bears.

The team gets its conference schedule underway on Friday, when the Marauders travel to Windsor to battle the Lancers before moving to London for a Saturday match against the Western Mustangs.

The Marauder No. 6 ranked cross country teams are hosts for the Ontario University Athletics championships on Saturday (Oct. 26). The meets take place at Chedoke Golf Course, with the women’s race scheduled to begin at 11 a.m., and the men’s event at noon.

The Marauder women’s rugby team lost its OUA semi-final contest, 20-0, against the No. 2 Guelph Gryphons on Saturday. No. 10 McMaster will now host the bronze-medal game on Saturday (Oct. 26) against the Western Mustangs.

MEN’S VOLLEYBALL

(regular season record) (previous rankings)

1. Alberta (0-0) (1)
2. McMaster (0-0) (3)
3. Trinity Western (0-0) (2)
4. Brandon (0-0) (5)
5. UBC (0-0) (6)
6. Laval (0-0) (4)
7. Saskatchewan (0-0) (8)
8. UNB (0-0) (7)
9. Ryerson (1-0) (9)
10. Mount Royal (0-0) (T10)

MEN’S SOCCER

(regular season record) (previous rankings)

1. UBC (11-1-0) (1)
2. Ryerson (12-0-2) (2)
3. York (13-2-1) (3)
4. McMaster (11-2-3) (5)
5. Montreal (6-2-2) (4)
6. UNB (7-2-2) (8)
7. Saskatchewan (8-4-2) (7)
8. Guelph (8-3-5) (6)
9. Victoria (8-3-1) (10)
10. UQAM (6-2-2) (NR)

WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY

(previous rankings)

1. Guelph (1)
2. Queen’s (2)
3. Western (3)
4. Victoria (4)
5. Toronto (5)
6. McMaster (T6)
7. Dalhousie (8)
8. Trinity Western (T6)
9. McGill (9)
10. Laurentian (10)

MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY

(previous rankings)

1. Guelph (1)
2. Laval (2)
T3. Windsor (3)
T3. Victoria (4)
5. Queen’s (5)
6. McMaster (6)
7. Lakehead (7)
8. Western (8)
9. Regina (9)
10. Trinity Western (10)

WOMEN’S RUGBY

(regular season / playoff records) (previous rankings)

1. Alberta (4-0 / 2-0 playoffs) (1)
2. Guelph (5-0 / 2-0) (2)
3. Queen’s (5-0 / 2-0) (3)
4. Concordia (7-0 / 1-0) (4)
5. StFX (7-1 / 0-0) (6)
6. McGill (6-1 / 1-0) (7)
7. Acadia (7-1 / 0-0) (5)
8. Calgary (2-1-1 / 1-1) (8)
9. Lethbridge (1-2-1 / 1-1) (9)
10. McMaster (3-2 / 1-1) (10)