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U Sports Top 10: UBC jumps to first in men’s volleyball; Regina tops women’s hoops

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UBC takes over the No. 1 spot in men's volleyball over TWU, which had a bye last weekend. (USports photo)

TORONTO (from U Sports) – Four new U Sports programs find themselves in the No. 1 position in the final Top 10 rankings of January.

In women’s basketball, the Regina Cougars (17-1) – hosts of the 2018 U Sports Women’s Basketball Final 8 – take over the pole position from defending national champion McGill (8-2). The Cougars swept Winnipeg at home in a weekend series with 70-59 and 89-72 scores, while the Martlets split a home-and-home series with Bishop’s. Regina visits Saskatchewan for two games this weekend.

In men’s hockey, AUS rivals in the StFX X-Men (21-1-4) and UNB Varsity Reds (21-2-3) swap positions at the top once again, after the X-Men picked up 4-2 and 3-2 victories over then-No. 7 Acadia and then-No. 6 Saint Mary’s respectively. StFX will be host to Dalhousie and Moncton this weekend.

Finally, a pair of new leaders have emerged on the volleyball court in the UBC Thunderbirds and UBC Okanagan Heat. In men’s volleyball, UBC (16-2) knocked the idle and two-time reigning champion Trinity Western Spartans (17-1) – who had held the pole position since Feb. 21 of last season – off their perch, thanks to 3-1 and 3-0 wins at home against Brandon. The Thunderbirds head to Regina on Friday and Saturday. One the women’s side, UBC Okanagan (14-4) defeated Saskatchewan by the same scores to leap over their campus rivals. The Heat will be host to Winnipeg in back-to-back games this weekend.

In other U Sports rankings, Carleton (men’s basketball), UBC (men’s and women’s swimming), Guelph (men’s and women’s track and field), Alberta (women’s hockey, men’s wrestling) and Brock (women’s wrestling) all remain national leaders for another week.

Men’s basketball

Rank. School | Season | Votes (pts) | Previous
1. Carleton | 18-0 | 470 (47) | 1
2. Brock | 16-2 | 417 | 2
3. Alberta | 17-1 | 382 | 3
4. UBC | 15-3 | 291 | 6
5. Laurentian | 15-2 | 263 | 7
6. Calgary | 14-4 | 261 | 4
7. McGill | 8-2 | 203 | 5
8. Dalhousie | 11-3 | 92 | 8
9. Ryerson | 12-6 | 87 | 10
10. Ottawa | 13-5 | 67 | 9

Other teams receiving votes: Acadia (38), Lethbridge (10)

Women’s basketball

Rank. School | Season | Votes (pts) | Previous
1. Regina | 17-1 | 548 (34) | 2
2. Carleton | 18-0 | 524 (12) | 3
3. McGill | 8-2 | 461 (1) | 1
4. Acadia | 13-1 | 438 | 4
5. Laval | 7-2 | 374 | 5
6. McMaster | 14-4 | 330 | 6
7. Saskatchewan | 16-2 | 285 | 7
8. Queen’s | 15-3 | 234 | 8
9. Windsor | 14-4 | 186 | 9
10. Trinity Western | 14-4 | 140 | 10

Other teams receiving votes: Calgary (73), Ottawa (25)

Men’s hockey

Rank. School | Season | Votes (pts) | Previous
1. StFX | 21-1-4 | 140 (14) | 2
2. UNB | 21-2-3 | 138 | 1
3. Alberta | 20-3-1 | 126 (1) | 4
4. McGill | 20-4-1 | 102 | 5
5. Saskatchewan | 18-5-1 | 83 | 3
6. Guelph | 18-5-1 | 64 | 8
7. Saint Mary’s | 16-8-2 | 62 | 6
8. Acadia | 15-9-2 | 32 | 7
9. Queen’s | 16-5-3 | 31 | 10
10. Manitoba | 14-8-2 | 14 | NR

Other teams receiving votes: UBC (10), Concordia (8), York (8), Western (4), Carleton (2), Ryerson (1)

Women’s hockey

Rank. School | Season | Votes (pts) | Previous
1. Alberta | 17-4-3 | 39 | 1
2. Manitoba | 18-5-1 | 37 | 2
3. StFX | 18-1-2 | 32 | 4
4. Saint Mary’s | 16-3-1 | 26* | 5
5. UBC | 16-5-3 | 26* | 3
6. Montreal | 11-2-4 | 16 | 8
7. Queen’s | 15-2-3 | 14* | 9
8. Guelph | 14-5-0 | 14* | 6
9. Concordia | 10-4-1 | 12 | 7
10. Western | 14-5-2 | 2* | 10

Other teams receiving votes: Saskatchewan (2)*

*Ties are broken according to higher number of higher-placed votes, followed by winning percentage and finally the ranking the previous week

Men’s swimming

Rank. School | Votes (pts) | Previous
1. UBC | 805 | 1
2. Calgary | 497 | 2
3. Toronto | 328 | 3
4. Victoria | 199 | 4
5. Ottawa | 188 | 5
6. Montreal | 180 | 6
7. McGill | 150 | 7
8. Regina | 125 | 8
9. Dalhousie | 78 | 9
10. Sherbrooke | 65 | 10

Honourable mention: Alberta (58), Lethbridge (50), Acadia (46), Waterloo (39), Laval (38), Laurentian (36), Manitoba (32), Western (18), Memorial (12), McMaster (9, Guelph (1)

Women’s swimming

Rank. School | Votes (pts) | Previous
1. UBC | 871 | 1
2. Toronto | 387 | 2
3. Montreal | 374 | 3
4. Calgary | 189 | 4
5. Victoria | 173 | 5
6. Manitoba | 154 | 6
7. Regina | 143 | 7
8. McMaster | 83 | 8
T9. Dalhousie | 75 | T9
T9. Western | 75 | T9

Honourable mention: Laval (64), McGill (60), Lethbridge (55), Alberta (46), Memorial (45), Waterloo (34), Ottawa (29), York (28), Laurier (19), Acadia (14), Sherbrooke (11), Laurentian (10), Guelph (9), UQTR (3)

Men’s track & field

Rank. School | Votes (pts) | Previous
1. Guelph | 133.5 | 1
2. Alberta | 66.33 | 2
3. Western | 65 | 4
4. York | 56 | 5
5. Manitoba | 54.5 | 3
6. Laval | 53 | 6
7. Lethbridge | 34.83 | 8
8. Toronto | 34 | 10
9. Saskatchewan | 33 | 7
10. Calgary | 22.33 | 9

Honourable mention: Sherbrooke (18), Windsor (17)

Women’s track & field

Rank. School | Votes (pts) | Previous
1. Guelph | 103.75 | 1
2. Windsor | 94 | 2
3. Toronto | 84.5 | 3
4. Saskatchewan | 64.5 | 4
5. Western | 50.5 | 5
6. Sherbrooke | 46 | T8
7. Laval | 38.5 | 10
8. Alberta | 34 | 6
9. York | 30 | NR
10. Manitoba | 24 | 7

Honourable mention: Trinity Western (20), Ottawa (16)

*Track & Field Top 10 is calculated from individual event results by school.

Men’s volleyball

Rank. School | Season | VRS# | Previous
1. UBC | 16-2 | +2.51 | 2
2. Trinity Western | 17-1 | +2.46 | 1
3. Alberta | 15-3 | +2.10 | 3
4. Laval | 9-1 | +1.76 | 5
5. Brandon | 12-6 | +1.75 | 4
6. McMaster | 10-1 | +1.40 | 6
7. Montreal | 8-2 | +1.24 | 9
8. Winnipeg | 11-7 | +1.15 | 8
9. Thompson Rivers | 9-11 | +0.84 | 10
10. Calgary | 10-8 | +0.79 | 7

Honourable mention: Dalhousie (+0.59), Manitoba (+0.54), Saskatchewan (+0.48)

Note: Men’s volleyball Top 10 is determined by the Volleyball Ranking System (VRS). Teams are ranked via the VRS #, their average sets won differential.

Women’s volleyball

Rank. School | Season | Votes (pts) | Previous
1. UBC Okanagan | 14-4 | 60 (4) 2
2. Montreal | 13-2 | 55 | 3
3. UBC | 15-3 | 53 | 1
4. Calgary | 15-3 | 48 | 4
5. Dalhousie | 13-1 | 44 | 5
6. McMaster | 12-1 | 39 | 6
7. Ryerson | 14-0 | 37 | 7
8. Alberta | 9-9 | 28* | 9
9. Trinity Western | 13-5 | 28* | 10
10. McGill | 12-3 | 27 | 8

Other teams receiving votes: Laval (19), Saint Mary’s (11), Acadia (8) Western (7), Regina (7)

* Alberta is ranked No. 8 over Trinity Western because of a higher number of higher-placed votes

Men’s wrestling

Rank. School | Votes (pts) | Previous
1. Alberta | 66 | 1
2. Brock | 65 | 2
3. Concordia | 44 | 3
4. Fraser Valley | 41 | 4
5. Saskatchewan | 36 | 5
6. Guelph | 32 | 6
7. Calgary | 29 | 7
8. Western | 26 | 8
9. Regina | 22 | 9
10. McMaster | 21 | 10

Honourable mention: Lakehead (19), Algoma (10), UNB (6), York (5), Memorial (4), Toronto (3)

Women’s wrestling

Rank. School | Votes (pts) | Previous
1. Brock | 60 | 1
2. Regina | 35 | 2
3. Calgary | 32* | 3
4. Alberta | 32* | 4
5. Saskatchewan | 32* | 5
6. Guelph | 24 | 6
7. Fraser Valley | 18 | 7
8. Lakehead | 14* 8
9. Western | 14* | 9
10. Concordia | 13 | 10

Honourable mention: York, (13), McMaster (11), Algoma (4), Toronto (2), Ryerson (1)

*Wrestling Top 10 is calculated from individual weight class results by school. Ties are broken according to higher number of higher-ranked wrestlers.

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