Marauders climb national ranking ladders


After sweeping their weekend games on the road, the Marauder men’s volleyball and basketball teams both moved up a spot in Tuesday’s (Feb. 4) new Canadian Interuniversity Sport top-ten poll.

rp_primary_mvb-preview_team_95Having dropped from their perch atop the national rankings a week ago, the Marauder men’s volleyball team regained its position with two wins in Kingston, while the Trinity Western Spartans split a weekend doubleheader against the Brandon Bobcats. McMaster swept the RMC Paladins on Friday, before defeating the Queen’s Gaels in four sets on Saturday to move to 17-1 in conference play. The Marauders conclude their conference season at home this weekend, as they welcome the York Lions and the Nipissing Lakers to the Burridge Gym on Friday and Saturday respectively.

MEN’S VOLLEYBALL

(regular season record) (previous rankings)

1. McMaster (17-1) (2)
2. Trinity Western (18-2) (1)
3. Alberta (14-6) (3)
4. UBC (14-6) (4)
5. Laval (14-3) (6)
6. Thompson Rivers (12-8) (5)
7. Waterloo (15-3) (7)
8. Saskatchewan (10-10) (8)
9. Brandon (9-11) (9)
10. Western (15-3) (10)

Mac’s men’s basketball team edged up from No. 6 to No. 5 after stretching its Ontario University Athletics winning streak stretch to 12 games with two convincing victories over the Lakehead Thunderwolves in Thunder Bay on Friday and Saturday. The weekend marked McMaster’s first sweep of Lakehead at the Thunderdome since the 2005-2006 season, and maintained the Marauders’ four-point lead atop the OUA West division standings. McMaster will host the Brock Badgers on Wednesday (Feb. 5) before travelling to Windsor to complete the season series against the Lancers on Saturday afternoon.

MEN’S BASKETBALL

(regular season record) (previous rankings)

1. Carleton (18-0) (1)
2. Ottawa (16-2) (2)
3. Victoria (16-2) (3)
4. Alberta (16-2) (4)
5. McMaster (15-3) (6)
6. Ryerson (13-5) (5)
7. Windsor (13-5) (7)
8. McGill (8-2) (8)
9. Saskatchewan (14-4) (9)
10. Acadia (12-3) (10)

The Marauders were out of competition in the pool this past week, as they readied for the upcoming OUA Championships, to be hosted by the Brock Badgers beginning Thursday (Feb. 6). The McMaster men retained their No. 6 spot for another week.

MEN’S SWIMMING

(points) / (previous rankings)

1. Toronto 531 points / (2)
2. UBC 525 / (1)
3. Calgary 371 / (3)
4. Alberta 259 / (4)
5. Western 170 / (5)
6. McMaster 158 / (6)
7. Montreal 152 / (7)
8. Dalhousie 118 / (8)
9. Victoria 114 / (9)
10. McGill 106 / (10)

The Marauder men’s wrestling team remained at No. 8 in Tuesday’s poll, after gaining two podium places at Saturday’s Western Open in London. Chris Garneau and Andrew Balach won bronze in their respective weight classes, in McMaster’s final competition before the OUA Championships. McMaster will now enjoy a week away from competition, before traveling to Toronto to take part in the championships being hosted by York on Saturday, February 15.

MEN’S WRESTLING

(previous rankings)

1. Brock / (1)
2. Alberta / (2)
3. Western / (3)
4. Guelph / (4)
5. UNB / (5)
6. Concordia / (6)
7. Calgary / (7)
8. McMaster / (8)
9. Winnipeg / (9)
10. Saskatchewan / (10)