CMU Dodgeball Invite Recap

Ian Ryan and CMU, started the season strong, losing only one game at their home tournament.
Ian Ryan and CMU, started the season strong, losing only one game at their home tournament.

This past weekend, Central Michigan University’s dodgeball team hosted the first tournament of the 2014-15 college dodgeball season. (The Opening Match was last week at UK against WKU)  In attendance were six well established NCDA member teams: Grand Valley State, Central Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Western Kentucky, and Kentucky.

The competition was strong for a tournament so early in the season.  Here are my thoughts on what took place over the weekend at CMU.

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Season Preview: James Madison

Location: Harrisonburg, Va.jmu-logo

NCDA Region: East Coast

2013-14 Record: 19-6

National Tournament Finish: Lost to GVSU in the Semifinals

2014-15 Captains: Ben Sizemore – C, Brent Gromer – A, Taylor Wilhelm – A

Returning Varsity Players: 18

Players to Watch: In the words of Captain Ben Sizemore: “All of us.”

Overview: What can I say about JMU that has not already been said?  Yes, they are arguably the most talented team in the College Dodgeball. Continue reading “Season Preview: James Madison”

Season Preview: Towson

Location: Towson, MDtu-logo

NCDA Region: East Coast

2013-14 Record: 9-8

National Tournament Finish: Lost to UMD in the first round

2014-15 Captains: President – Sean Smith, Chris Thomas – C, Joe Tobin – A, and Jon Shaw – A

Returning Varsity Players: 14

Players to Watch: Chris Thomas, Joe Tobin, Todd Givens Jr. and Nick Coates

Overview: Towson enters their fourth year as a member of the NCDA with a bit of optimism.   Continue reading “Season Preview: Towson”

Season Preview: Bowling Green State

bgsu-logoLocation: Bowling Green, Oh

NCDA Region: Ohio

2013-14 Record: 3-13

National Tournament Finish: Lost to JMU in the first round

2014-15 Captains: Tyler Broyles, Adam Hynes, Brad Masters, Jake Tripplet, as well as Presidents-Tyrell Smith and Joel Hunter.

Returning Starters: 15

Players to Watch: Joel Hunter, Tyler Broyles, and Jake Tripplet

Overview: Bowling Green will come into the new season of NCDA dodgeball as the lowest ranked team from the Ohio region.   Continue reading “Season Preview: Bowling Green State”

Season Preview: Saginaw Valley State

Location: Saginaw, MIsvsu-logo

NCDA Region: Michigan

2013-14 Record: 22-6

National Tournament Finish: Lost to GVSU in Championship Game

2014-15 Captains: Nathan Council – C, Max Siler – A, Blake Grivetti – A

Returning Starters: 9

Players to Watch: Cody Putnam, Kyle Foster, Nathan Council – C, Max Siler – A, Blake Grivetti – A

Overview: SVSU has historically been an elite team in the NCDA. Continue reading “Season Preview: Saginaw Valley State”

Season Preview: Ohio State

Location: Columbus, Oh.osu-logo

NCDA Region: Ohio

2013-14 Record: 7-8

National Tournament Finish: Lost to WKU in the first round

2014-15 Captains: Josh Conner – C, Jeff Starr – A, Marshall Winterbotham – A

Returning Starters: 14

Players to Watch: Chris Stringer, Nick Fausnight, Paul Peters, Sam Palumbo, Dan Grainger, Noah Brown, Nico Wong, Josh Conner – C, Jeff Starr – A, and Marshall Winterbotham – A

Overview: Ohio State enters the 2014-15 season with a bit more hype than most teams that lost in the first round of the national tournament.   Continue reading “Season Preview: Ohio State”

Season Preview: Kentucky

Kentucky-LogoLocation: Lexington, Ky.

NCDA Region: Kentucky

2013-14 Record: 6-7

National Tournament Finish: Lost to SVSU in the Quarterfinals

2014-15 Captains: Brandon Engelman – C

Returning Starters: 8

Players to Watch: Zac Brown #13, Brandon Engelman #23, Drew Greenawalt #37

Overview: The NCDA’s National Tournament will make it’s way back to the state of Kentucky for the second time in three seasons in 2015 when it is hosted by Western Kentcuky. Continue reading “Season Preview: Kentucky”

Season Preview: Maryland

Location: College Park, MDumd-logo

NCDA Region: East Coast

2013-14 Record: 9-10

National Tournament Finish: Lost to GVSU in the Quarterfinals

2014-15 Captains: Dylan Allred – C, Tyler Wieland – A, Steve Via -A, Cody Hance -A

Returning Varsity Players: 15

Players to Watch: Rohan Mittal, Mike Cariello, Tyler Wieland, Curtis Reybold

Overview:  Maryland will enter the season with higher expectations than ever before. Continue reading “Season Preview: Maryland”

Season Preview: Michigan State

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MSU Sophomore Noe Galaviz will be expected to lead the Spartans to another Final Four appearance and maybe more this season. Photo Credit – Nicole Bailey

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Location: East Lansing, Mich.

NCDA Region: Michigan

2013-14 Record: 10-13

National Tournament Finish: Lost to SVSU in the Semifinals

2014-15 Captains: Colin O’Brien #18 – C, Andy Lieblich #20 – A, Alex Zajac #27 – A

Returning Varsity Players: 20 (18 from Nationals)

Players to Watch: Colin O’Brien #18 – C, Andy Lieblich #20 – A, Alex Zajac #27 – A, Noe Galaviz, & Charlie Wilshire

Overview: For a team that has never won an NCDA National Championship, the Michigan State Dodgeball program has built up quite the resume. Continue reading “Season Preview: Michigan State”

Season Preview: Western Kentucky

Location: Bowling Green, Ky.wku-logo

NCDA Region: Kentucky

2013-14 Record: 4-10

National Tournament Finish: Lost to JMU in the Quarterfinals

2014-15 Captains: Nick Johnson – C, & Hunter Dickison – C

Returning Varsity Players: 8

Players to Watch: Josh Hicks, Dexter Banks, & Nick Johnson

Overview:  Western Kentucky comes into the 2014-15 campaign with quite a bit of momentum.   Continue reading “Season Preview: Western Kentucky”

Season Preview: Virginia Commonwealth

Location: Richmond, Va.

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NCDA Region: East Coast

2013-14 Record: 0-6

National Tournament Finish: Did not attend

2014-15 Captains: Adam Hallers – C, & Matt Bosco – C

Returning Varsity Players: 5

Players to Watch: Unknown due to the majority of the team being newcomers

Overview: Virginia Commonwealth has historically been the weakest team from the East Coast region.   Continue reading “Season Preview: Virginia Commonwealth”

Season Preview: Central Michigan

Location: Mount Pleasant, Mich.cmu-logo

NCDA Region: Michigan

2013-14 Record: 8-13

National Tournament Finish: Lost to Kentucky in the first round

2014-15 Captains: Wes Peters-C, Brett Hadwin-C, Scott La Valley-A, and Zach Bachner-A

Returning Varsity Players: Every player returns for CMU

Players to Watch: Wes Peters-C, Brett Hadwin-C, Scott La Valley-A, Zach Bachner-A, Michael Heller #77 , Tyler Prill #21, Shane Willette #69, and Ian Ryan #14.

Captain Wes Peters will look to lead CMU this year as they look to rebound from a first round exit at Nationals last season.
Captain Wes Peters will look to lead CMU this year as they look to rebound from a first round exit at Nationals last season.

Overview:  Central Michigan comes into the 2014-15 season in an interesting position. Continue reading “Season Preview: Central Michigan”

Ranking the Regions

The National Collegiate Dodgeball Association is not yet to the point where participating schools can be categorized into “conferences” like what the NCAA has done with college athletics.  For now, every team can identify with a certain region, instead of claiming membership to a “division” or “conference”.  As it stands in the NCDA right now, there are five regions: Michigan, Ohio, Illinois, Kentucky, and East Coast.  Here is my power rankings of the NCDA’s five regions: Continue reading “Ranking the Regions”