Brandonite Scott Neufeld and the BU Bobcats men’s volleyball team are ranked sixth in the CIS.
The Brandon University Bobcats men’s volleyball team has a new coach, but is earning the same respect from coaches across the country.
The Bobcats, with Grant Wilson taking over for BU athletic director Russ Paddock as head coach, have cracked the CIS top 10 rankings, opening the season sixth in the nation after splitting a pair of road matches with the fourth-ranked McMaster Marauders in Hamilton over the weekend.
While the rankings don’t mean much in the big picture, Wilson is glad the Bobcats program is still recognized as one of the best in the country.
"The rankings really at the end of the day mean nothing, but to have your colleagues around the country vote you in shows that we’ve earned the right to be there," Wilson said. "The last few years we have been fortunate enough to be in a similar situation and we’ve tried to maintain consistency with our program and I guess that shows in our ranking."
The two-time defending national champion Trinity Western Spartans, who beat the Bobcats in the 2011 CIS final, start the season ranked No. 1 in the country. The Bobcats will open Canada West conference action on Oct. 26 in Regina before returning to Brandon to host Trinity Western on Nov. 2 to officially open BU’s new Healthy Living Centre.
Meanwhile, the Bobcats women’s volleyball team did not crack the top 10, but is ranked 14th in the country. The first CIS basketball rankings are expected to come out next week.
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Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition October 17, 2012