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TOP 10 TUESDAY: Quartet of changes at the top

U SPORTS Staff

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 hosts 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 host 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)
  • Team rankings available here
  • Individual rankings by event available here

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.  

  • Team and Individual rankings by event available here

Men's Volleyball

Rank School Season Votes (pts) 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. 

  • Rankings available here.

Women's volleyball

Rank School School 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 due to 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.

  • Men’s individual rankings available here
  • Women’s Individual Rankings available here