the following preview was co-authored by kevin bailey and tom morand.
This Saturday, Michigan State University will host one of the more intriguing tournaments of the fall. The Spartan Invite will welcome in 9 teams for a long day of dodgeball that will tel us a lot about where teams stand as we head towards Thanksgiving weekend.
In attendance will be the usual four Michigan schools (GVSU, SVSU, CMU, MSU), along with one new member of the region: Western Michigan. All eyes will be on this team, led by former Laker/Chippewa Peter Broe.
Outside of the Michigan schools, there are a few more teams making the trip to East Lansing. The top two teams from Ohio will be in attendance (Kent State and Miami), each of which will be tested throughout the day with multiple games against Michigan squads. Ohio State is an up and coming team that will also be at this event. The experience they will gain in their games this weekend will pay dividends down the road.
One last team making the trip is Wisconsin Platteville. UWP historically has not shied away from competing with the top teams from other regions, so their choice to come to MSU for this event is no surprise.
After much deliberation, the National Collegiate Dodgeball Association’s Executive Board has come to a decision on which school will have the privilege of hosting the 2019 NCDA National Championship Tournament:
The Dodgeball Club at Grand Valley State University will play host for Nationals 2019 in Allendale, Michigan on April 13-14, 2019.
The NCDA Executive Board would like to thank each of the schools that provided a Nationals bid for the time and effort they put in. It was a tough decision, and we felt comfortable with everything brought forth by all member teams that were interested in hosting. With that said, we are more than excited to bring Nationals back to GVSU on the 10-year anniversary of the last time the Lakers hosted the season’s final tournament back in 2009!
This weekend, Kent State will host the Summit Street Slugfest, with teams from four different regions making the trip for this intriguing tourney. Below are the Content Team’s picks against the spread for this tournament. A more extensive tournament preview will be published later this week!
There are three interesting events set for this weekend. Grand Valley State will host the Gauntlet, Towson will host an East Coast tournament, and UWP will face off with SIUe in Battle of the Midway. Below is a quick preview of the weekend’s events, along with picks against the spread. Continue reading “November 3rd/4th Tournament Previews”
The month of October had plenty of shakeups in the NCDA. With tournaments in many different regions, teams started to get their legs under them as we now head into month #3 of the new season.
Below is the official November 2018 Power Rankings list produced by NCDA Executive Board members Jacob Leski (Director of Recruitment and Retention), and Kevin Bailey (Chief of Content). Please keep in mind: these power rankings have no impact on the actual NCDA Standings.
Towson University has burst onto the scene this fall, with an impressive 9-0 record to start the year. This is in large part thanks to October’s Baller of the Month: Jordan Watt. Watt has made himself a household name in the NCDA over the past few years, as his extremely strong arm has become a key part of Towson’s offense. As we wrap up the month of October, I had the chance to chat with Towson’s star player: Continue reading “BOTM: 2018 October”
This weekend, Akron University will host their 4th Annual “Pink Out” tournament, and as is always the case, we will learn a lot about the teams in attendance. This year looks to be a special tournament, as 12 different teams will travel to northeast Ohio for what will possibly be the largest tournament of the fall. Worth noting, all but 1 of the teams ranked 6-13 in the latest “Power Rankings” will be in attendance, making this a prime opportunity for each of those teams to prove their worth and make a jump in the rankings heading into November.
As we get set for an awesome weekend of dodgeball, a few members of the Content Team decided to provide their predictions for the weekend. Please note, these are not normal predictions where each member of the panel simply chooses who they think will win the game. Rather, these are predictions against the spread. Continue reading “Pink Out IV Preview: Picking against the Spread”
One month into the season and we already have seen quite a few surprises. The Preseason Power Rankings were clearly not as exact as some may have expected, and the changes are obvious heading into the month of October. Plenty of teams have moved up and down, as we enter the second month of College Dodgeball.
Below is the official October 2018 Power Rankings list produced by NCDA Executive Board members Jacob Leski (Director of Recruitment and Retention), and Kevin Bailey (Chief of Content). Please keep in mind: these power rankings have no impact on the actual NCDA Standings. Continue reading “Power Rankings: October 2018”
The first weekend of NCDA Dodgeball is in the books, with events hosted in three different regions on opening weekend. In the Michigan Region, Michigan State University hosted a five-team tournament titled the Michigan State Open. This tournament, which featured all four Michigan schools plus Kentucky, was very competitive, and yielded some surprising results. Before we dive into the recap, here are all the final scores from the games that took place in East Lansing last Sunday:
CMU def MSU 4-3 OT
SVSU def UK 5-1
SVSU def MSU 3-2 OT
GVSU def UK 4-3
CMU def UK 2-1
GVSU def MSU 4-1
CMU def SVSU 4-3
UK def MSU 2-1
SV-JV def GV-JV 3-2
GVSU def CMU 4-0
GV-JV def MSU-JV 4-3 OT
This tournament, as mentioned above, did not go exactly as planned. According to the Gonzalez Rankings, there was only one technical upset (UK over MSU), but if you asked anyone that follows College Dodgeball closely, a few results from the tournament stood out as major surprises. Below is a recap of each official game that took place at the Michigan State Open, along with an “All-Tournament Team” listed at the end of the article: Continue reading “Michigan State Open Tournament Recap”