This past Saturday, #2 Towson played host to #1 Grand Valley State and #3 James Madison in what was sure to be an intense final tournament before Nationals. This tournament did not disappoint, with each team providing a clearer image of what to expect at Grand Valley in just a few short weeks. For the purposes of this article, I want to first do a brief breakdown of each game before taking time to look at what this tournament means for Nationals. Let’s get started.
Last Saturday, February 23, 2019, these teams competed and battled it out at the Zanderthon Throw-Down: Northwestern State University of Louisiana (NSULA), University of Wisconsin Platteville (UWP), DePaul University, and the Alumni. The games went as expected and I think it is safe to say that everyone had a great time! We made new friends and introduced a lot of newcomers to the sport. Below are the scores for the day and a quick recap:
New year, same result. The Grand Valley State Lakers were victorious once again at the Michigan Dodgeball Cup on Saturday, making it 5-straight MDC titles for GVSU, and 11 overall. The tournament also hosted four other Michigan schools: Saginaw Valley State, Michigan State, Central Michigan, and Western Michigan.
The following was co-authored by Kevin Bailey, Hunter Ford and Colby Briceland.
Over the weekend, University of Akron hosted the biggest regular season tournament of the National Collegiate Dodgeball Association season. 15 teams made their way to Akron for the annual two-day tournament called ‘WAR’. As it turns out, the name fits the bill.
In attendance at this event were teams from five different regions. Including 14 of the top 18 teams in the latest Power Rankings. Needless to say, there were some epic matches over the weekend. In fact, an argument could be made it was the most entertaining regular season tourney in NCDA history. If you disagree, feel free to state your case.
There were plenty of outstanding performers over the weekend at Akron’s WAR III tournament. Many of the players that made noise at the tournament were little known players nationally prior to last weekend. It is only fitting that after one of the best tourneys ever, we provide a list of the best performers at the event. Listed below are the top 24 standouts from WAR III:
Tom Morand (Miami) – MVP
Helped Miami force overtime against Towson thanks to an improbable comeback win in the final full point of regulation. He nearly did the same thing in overtime. Tom made double-digit catches in the final 20-ish minutes of the game. Unreal performance. WAR III vaulted him right into the thick of the 2019 NCDA MVP race.
Josh Lyons (Akron)
One of the most underrated players in the country, Josh Lyons had yet another strong performance this semester. He was a big reason why Akron nearly pulled an upset over SVSU. He also made a wild 1 v 8 comeback against Ohio State!Continue reading “WAR III All-Tournament Team”
This past weekend had West Virginia, Saginaw Valley State, Kent State and Akron traveling to Cleveland State to take part in the Magnus’ Rock Fest. Cleveland State hosted their first tournament and it was a great success, bringing in five teams from three different states. Thank you to Casey Brown for giving us his thoughts on this tournament.
Kent def CSU 2-1
SVSU def WVU 4-0
Akron def WVU 4-0
SVSU def CSU 4-1
Kent def WVU 4-0
SVSU def Kent 5-0
Akron def CSU 2-1
The Following was written by CSU’s Casey Brown and Akron’s Colby Briceland
This past weekend saw James Madison University, The University of Akron, and West Virginia University travel to Penn State to take part in the Rally in the Valley Tournament. There were many great moments this weekend, as most of you have seen the play that Steve Herrick of PSU pulled off to save Penn from an overtime. It was a great turnout and we thank Penn State for hosting, below I will review each teams performances throughout the day.
The second half of the National Collegiate Dodgeball Association’s regular season kicked off on Sunday with a doubleheader between two of the top teams in the nation. #1 Grand Valley State completed the sweep of host school #4 Saginaw Valley State in their annual Battle of the Valleys event. The final scores from the two varsity matches are below, along with a brief recap:
Game 1: GVSU def SVSU 3-2
Game 1 began with Grand Valley looking very much like the #1 team in the country, as they picked apart the solid SVSU roster to claim a 2-0 lead at the half. SVSU was able to make the second point a bit closer, but overall, GVSU used a controlled pace to pick off one Cardinal at a time in each point. The big takeaway from the first half was how disciplined GVSU looked. Very few mistakes were made from the Lakers, as their leadership and experience were on full display. Continue reading “Battle of the Valleys Recap: GVSU Sweeps SVSU Despite Strong Showing from the Cardinals”
On December 1 2018, several teams at the December Dodgeball Dash went head to head to show case their stuff. The teams in attendance were: Grand Valley State University, Ball State University, Miami University, University of Cincinnati, and the University of Wisconsin Platteville. Below are the scores of the games for the day. Continue reading “December Dodgeball Dash- Recap”
On November 17, 2018 at the IM Sports East (804 E Shaw Ln, East Lansing, MI 48825) some of the top teams in the country battled it out at the Spartan Invite, hosted by Michigan State University. There were several close matches and several teams that surprised. Let’s take a look at the results for the day. Continue reading “Spartan Invite- Recap”
Last Saturday, November 3, 2018, the Battle of the Midway took place between Southern Illinois Univeristy Edwardsville (SIUE) and Univeristy of Wisconsin Platteville (UWP). The UWP alumni were in attendance too, but as Matt Batuch (UWP Alumni) said, they are washed up so they are not that important. It was a exciting day, and the scores were as follows:
UWP- JV def SIUE 2-1
UWP Varsity def SIUE 4-2
UWP Alumni def UWP Varsity 3-2
UWP Varsity def SIUE 6-1
SIUE was at a higher level of play this year than they were the year before. They worked really well as a team and were great at catching. For more than half the team, this was just their second time playing with rubber dodgeballs, as they are used to playing with foam. That did not seem to stop them from picking up on how to throw and bringing the heat. As the day went on, their confidence grew and their skill and understanding of the game got better. As they get more games in, and play more teams at their level they will pull out the wins.
Last weekend two teams of the Midway Conference went head to head in a double header to get their seasons started with a bang. The two teams in attendance were the Nebraska Cornhuskers (UNL) and the Platteville Pioneers (UWP). Both teams battled it out and in the end UNL def UWP 4-2 and UNL def UWP 3-2. Let’s break down the tournament. Continue reading “Cornhusker Clash- Recap”
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”
This past Sunday, four of the East Coast’s finest met in Towson to square off against each other. The result? An exciting start to the 2018-2019 season. So without further introduction, here’s a recap of how each team fared over the opening weekend.
If you asked anybody at the tournament, Towson was the most impressive team there. They came in prepared, organized, and confident, which showed over the course of their three games. They started the day out with a 6-0 victory over UVA, which would essentially serve as a warm-up game for both teams. The Towson squad over-matched UVA from the first point on while overpowering and out-witting their opponent. Their next game was against JMU, which looked to be the matchup of the day. It was a back and forth affair to start where each team scored a point and it remained that way until halftime. After that, the Tigers took off and ended with a 6-1 victory over the Dukes. David Guare and Jordan Watt looked the part of First-Team All-Americans and absolutely dominated this game. Towson ended their day with a decisive 2-1 victory over Maryland to finish the day unbeaten. Towson looked like the best team at this tournament, played like the best team at this tournament, and will look to carry that momentum into next weekend’s tournament at Penn State.