Marauders keeps nation’s No. 1 spot in men’s volleyball


The McMaster Marauders men’s team secured top spot in the final Canadian Interuniversity Sport volleyball poll for this season. And Mac’s men’s swimming team rose after a silver-medal finish at the Ontario University Athletics championships this past weekend.

rp_primary_mvb-preview_team_95McMaster closed out the OUA men’s volleyball schedule with sweeps of the York Lions and Nipissing Lakers, easily securing the top spot in the conference with a record of 19-1. In the process, the Marauders also held onto the No. 1 seed in the final top-ten poll of the CIS season.

McMaster will await the winners of this weekend’s quarter-final matchups, as the Marauders host the OUA Final Four on Feb. 21-22.

MEN’S VOLLEYBALL (final rankings of season)

(regular season record) (previous rankings)

1. McMaster (19-1) (1)
2. Trinity Western (20-2) (2)
3. Alberta (15-7) (3)
4. UBC (15-7) (4)
5. Laval (14-3) (5)
6. Thompson Rivers (13-9) (6)
7. Saskatchewan (11-11) (8)
8. Western (17-3) (10)
9. Waterloo (16-4) (7)
10. Brandon (10-12) (9)

A successful weekend at the OUA championships was rewarded, as the McMaster men’s swimming team climbed two places in the latest CIS poll to No. 4. The Marauders won overall silver at the three-day event, beaten only by the CIS top-ranked Toronto Varsity Blues.

After a week away from competition, McMaster will travel to Toronto to take part in the CIS Championships between Feb. 20-22.

MEN’S SWIMMING

(points) / (previous rankings)

1. Toronto 581 points / (1)
2. UBC 447 / (2)
3. Calgary 320 / (3)
4. McMaster 244 / (6)
5. Alberta 230 / (4)
6. Western 204 / (5)
7. Montreal 150 / (7)
8. Ottawa 115 / (NR)
9. Dalhousie 102 / (8)
10. Victoria 94 / (9)

A matchup with its closest divisional rival saw the Marauders men’s basketball team’s 13-game OUA winning streak come to a halt, and its national seeding slide one place to No. 6.

McMaster lost an 81-75 decision to the Windsor Lancers, but remains at the top of the OUA West standings with just two games to play. The Marauders welcome the Laurier Golden Hawks to the Burridge Gym on Wednesday (Feb. 12) before concluding the season at home against the Waterloo Warriors on Saturday.

MEN’S BASKETBALL

(regular season record) (previous rankings)

1. Carleton (20-0) (1)
2. Ottawa (18-2) (2)
3. Alberta (18-2) (4)
4. Victoria (17-3) (3)
5. Windsor (14-5) (7)
6. McMaster (16-4) (5)
7. McGill (10-2) (8)
8. Ryerson (14-6) (6)
9. Acadia (12-4) (10)
10. Saskatchewan (15-5) (9)

After a week away from competition, the Marauder men’s wrestling team remained at No. 8 in the latest CIS poll. The time off served as McMaster’s final preparation for the OUA Championships, which will be hosted by the York Lions on Sunday (Feb. 16).

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)