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TOP 10 Tuesday: Spartans rule the volleyball court

U SPORTS Staff

(Credit: Trinity Western Athletics)

The Trinity Western Spartans are the kings and queens of U SPORTS volleyball.

The Spartans women (12-0) – ranked No.2 last week – became the new team to beat thanks to 3-2 and 3-1 wins over the Calgary Dinos (10-2), who held the No.1 ranking since the beginning of the season. The Trinity Western victories extended their unbeaten run on the year, while also snapping Calgary’s perfect season. With the Spartans men also ranked in top spot, Trinity Western sweeps the pole position in both volleyball rankings for the first time in school history. 

In other final rankings of 2018, UNB (men’s hockey), Montreal (women’s hockey), Carleton (men’s basketball), Laval (women’s basketball), and UBC (men’s and women’s swimming) remain at No.1 heading into the holiday break.

Top 10 Tuesday rankings will resume on Jan. 8, 2019.

New this season, U SPORTS is implementing the ELO Rating System for the calculation of its weekly national rankings. Powered by RankR, ELO’s unique algorithm blends a statistical calculation with customized variables that is adaptable across a range of sports. For men’s hockey, it will be combined with the results of the media panel balloting (each weighted 50%) to produce the final top 10. For more information, click here.

Men's basketball

Rank School Season Points Previous
1 Carleton 10-0 467 (44) 1
2 Ryerson 10-0 409 (1) 2
3 Calgary 12-0 391 (2) 3
4 UBC 9-1 324 4
5 Saint Mary's 6-0 285 5
6 Alberta 7-3 231 6
7 Ottawa 8-2 187 7
8 Dalhousie 4-3 133 8
9 Laurier 7-3 87 9
10 Brock 7-4 22 NR
Other teams receiving votes: UNB (16), Concordia (13)

Women's basketball

Rank School Season Points  Previous
1 Laval 5-0 564 (47) 1
2 Concordia 4-1 499 3
3 Ottawa 9-1 455 4
4 Ryerson 9-1 450 2
5 McMaster 9-2 375 5
6 Saskatchewan 10-2 334 6
7 Carleton 8-2 276 7
8 Calgary 9-3 223 8
9 Lakehead 9-1 176 10
10 Regina 8-2 173 9
Other teams receiving votes: UPEI (77), Cape Breton (54)

Men's Hockey

Rank School Season Media ELO   Total Previous
1 UNB 15-0-3 150 (15) 150 300 1
2 Alberta 12-3-1 124 135 259 2
3 Saskatchewan 14-2-0 126 120 246 3
4 Ottawa 13-1-2 102 105 207 5
5 Queen's 12-4-0 58 90 148 8
6 Ryerson 12-3-1 79 60 139 4
7 Brock 12-5-0 22 75 97 NR
8 Saint Mary’s 11-7-1 80 15 95 6
9 Carleton 10-3-4 18 45 63 7
10 McGill 10-4-3 11 30 41 NR
Honourable mention: Calgary (39), UBC (7), StFX (7), UPEI (2)

Ballots (PDF)

Women's hockey

Rank School Season Points  Previous
1 Montreal 8-2-0 40 1
2 Manitoba 12-3-1 36 2
3 McGill 8-2-0 31 3
4 Alberta 13-3-0 29 4
5 St. Thomas 14-2-0 24 6
6 StFX 10-3-3 18 8
7 Concordia 5-3-2 17 5
8 Ryerson 9-3-0 8 NR
9 Western 7-2-3 7 7
10 Guelph 8-2-1 5 NR
Other teams receiving votes: UBC (3), Saskatchewan (2)

Men's swimming

Rank School Points Previous
1 UBC 771 1
2 Calgary 484 2
3 Montreal 230 3
4 McGill 180 4
5 Victoria 175 5
6 Toronto 160 6
7 Ottawa 143 7
8 Lethbridge 114 8
9 Alberta 111 9
10 Regina 106 10
Honourable Mention: Sherbrooke (91), Laval (71), Dalhousie (61), Laurentian (59),
Waterloo (53), Acadia (41), Queen’s (31), McMaster (28), Manitoba (18), UNB (3)

Women's swimming

Rank School Points Previous
1 UBC 754 1
2 Toronto 582 2
3 Manitoba 265 3
4 Calgary 260 4
5 Montreal 211 5
6 Victoria 180 6
7 Alberta 115 7
8 Dalhousie 86 8
9 McGill 85 9
10 Western 71 10
Honourable Mention:  Regina (70), Waterloo (37), McMaster (36), Laval (36),
UNB (28), Laurier (26), Ottawa (26), Acadia (23), Laurentian (22), Guelph (21),
Lethbridge (18), Sherbrooke (5), Queen’s (2)

Men's Volleyball

Rank School Season VRS Previous
1 Trinity Western 9-1 +2.18 1
2 Brandon 10-2 +1.97 2
3 Alberta 11-1 +1.64 5
4 Laval 8-0 +1.60 3
5 Mount Royal 9-3 +1.58 4
6 McMaster 6-2 +1.32 6
7 Windsor 7-2 +1.12 7
8 Western 6-3 +0.64 NR
9 Thompson Rivers 7-3 +0.60 8
10 Queen’s 7-2 +0.55 10
Honourable Mention: Montreal (+0.46), Saskatchewan (+0.31), Winnipeg (+0.12)

Women's volleyball

Rank School Season Points Previous
1 Trinity Western 12-0 60 (4) 2
2 Calgary 10-2 56 1
3 Dalhousie 9-0 52 4
T4 Alberta 9-3 46 3
T4 Ryerson 7-1 46 5
6 Waterloo 7-0 40 6
7 McGill 8-2 35 7
8 Toronto 7-2 31 8
9 Laval 6-4 25 9
10 Montreal 7-3 23 10
Honourable Mention: UBC (21), Acadia (21), Manitoba (6), MacEwan (4), McMaster (3)

Top 10 formats:

  • Men’s and women’s basketball, women’s hockey and women’s volleyball rankings determined by coaches’ vote.
  • Men’s volleyball Top 10 determined by the Volleyball Ranking System (VRS) – teams ranked according to their average sets won differential
  • Swimming rankings calculated from individual results by school. Individual rankings available on ca.

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