University and colleges notebook: A first for Nipissing University

 OTTAWA- For the first time in its school’s history, a Nipissing University sports team reached a number-one ranking in Canada.

The North Bay school’s men’s volleyball team stood atop the Canadian College Athletic Association Rankings last week, the first time a Lakers squad had held the position in its 20-year history.  It is no big surprise the Lakers are doing so well this year.  They climbed to number-two last season but were beaten in the provincial finals to fall short in a bid to reach nationals.

They are currently 4-1 this season and recently defeated reigning national champions Humber College Hawks in four sets.  Their first loss on Saturday was costly as they dropped to number-three in the CCAA rankings announced today.

"It is (was) exciting news for our program to be ranked Number 1 in the CCAA, and this is all made possible by having tougher competition in the last few years within the OCAA,” said head coach Eric Yung to the North Bay Nugget.

TWU women’s team red hot

The Trinity Western University Spartans women’s volleyball team has produced seven straight wins after sweeping its two match series over the Saskatchewan Huskies on the weekend.  Saturday’s match produced some impressive numbers for the winners.  Alicia Perrin had eight kills and eight blocks, Nicole Bazin delivered six aces and Kelci French produced 14 assists.

"We wanted to make sure our offence was running smooth and attack their gaps and just put a lot of pressure on them,” said Spartans coach Ryan Hofer to the Langley Advance.

Tennant inducted into Saskatoon’s Hall of Fame

Mark Tennant was recently inducted into the Saskatoon Sports Hall of Fame as a builder.  He was recognized for his skills as a coach, organizer and technical official.  He coached the University of Saskatchewan’s women’s volleyball team to three consecutive national titles from 1979 to 1981.

“My profession at the University of Saskatchewan provided a perfect balance between studying and learning theory and having the opportunities to constantly put these new ideas into practice,” said Tennant.  “This provided an environment which allowed me to grow, to learn on the job. It has given me an opportunity to host teams and international events and to travel to every corner of the world.”

This week’s CIS Top-10

WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL

(regular season record) / votes / (previous rankings)
1. Trinity Western (7-1) / 60 points / (1)
2. UBC (7-1) / 56 / (2)
3. Alberta (6-2) / 52 / (3)
4. Ottawa (7-0) / 47 / (4)
5. Laval (8-2) / 42 / (5)
6. Dalhousie (6-2) / 39.5 / (8)
7. York (7-0) / 35 / (9)
8. Sherbrooke (7-3) / 31 / (NR)
9. Montreal (5-3) / 27 / (7)
10. UBC-O (6-2) / 24 / (NR)

MEN’S VOLLEYBALL

(regular season record) / votes (first-place votes) / (previous rankings)
1. Alberta (8-0) / 270 points (27) / (1)
2. Trinity Western (7-1) / 236 (1) / (2)
3. McMaster (7-0) / 202 / (3)
4. Manitoba (6-1) / 197 / (4)
5. Laval (7-0) / 176 / (5)
6. Brandon (6-2) / 145 / (6)
7. Saskatchewan (3-5) / 101 / (7)
8. UBC (4-4) / 86 / (8)
T9. Waterloo (6-1) / 49 / (10)
T9. Thompson Rivers (3-5) / 49 / (9)

More information: www.volleyball.ca, www.cis-sic.ca, www.ccaa.ca
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