A Last Minute Highlight: One More Showdown in the South

There are several big matches taking place in the league this weekend as teams make their final show of strength (and overall adjustments) in preparation for Nationals 2019. As exciting as it will be to see who comes out on top as “The Big Three” (GVSU, JMU, and Towson) clash one more time, my eyes are focused on the matchup in the Southern Region happening this morning.

Once again, the University of North Georgia will host Georgia Southern University in a double header matchup that will give us a lot of insight on where these two programs are as they both get ready to wrap up their third season in the NCDA. These two teams joined the NCDA together, playing their induction match against one another back in the Fall of 2016, and have a strong history of matchups. Unfortunately, in all of those matchups so far UNG has continued to come out as the stronger team. It has taken some time, but the ability gap between the two teams seems to have started to close. The question is, has it closed enough for us to see some different results from their clash this time around? The captains of both teams weighed in and let us know their thoughts.

University of North Georgia (UNG)

The UNG Nighthawks are currently being hailed as the kings of the Southern Region thanks to their big win over the University of Kentucky during their home tournament back in the fall of this season. Since then however, they’ve been fairly quiet, even though the rest of league has been wanting to see how they fair against even bigger opponents from other regions. Hopefully sitting idle has not made them soft. We shall see after today and during their performance at Nationals.

Captain, Royce Hogg, along with assistant captains Bailey Hankins, Luke Cheney, and Thomas Clements feel as though the core strength of their team is still there. They are also excited to see how some of their young arms, such as Tanner Fields and Vince Bartolomei, play today. Confident as always, the Nighthawks believe they will come out with two more wins under their belt and have the knowledge on what they need to work on before Nationals.

Score Prediction: 5-0 over GSU in both matches.

Georgia Southern University (GSU)

The GSU Eagles have made some big and much needed improvements to their game since their first season, but have still struggled a bit to really take their game to the next level in order to compete with stronger programs. However, they have made big moves this season to travel and play other teams in the league in order to gain more experience. Although a bit more quiet in the second half of the season, GSU has worked extremely hard to build up their ranks and train hard in preparation for Nationals. Today’s matches will show us whether or not that hard work has made a difference.

Captain, Brett Storie, along with assistant captains Pastula Travis and Sam Copland, believe that we will see a new force on the court today if they are able to keep their composure, formation, and overall teamwork together. Veterans, like Andrew Clough, have helped to picked up the pace for the team, while rookies, like Matt Faulkinberry, have really grown since their first matches back in the Fall. They are looking foward to showing UNG, and the league, that they are a team worth talking about.

Score Predictions: UNG 2-1 GSU in OT (1st Match); 2-1 over UNG (2nd Match)

RedHawk Rampage Preview

This Saturday, March 9, 2019 at Miami University four teams are coming together for a round robin tournament. The following teams will be in attendance: Miami University, Bowling Green State University (BGSU), University of Cincinnati (UC), and the University of Wisconsin Platteville (UWP). It is a battle of the Ohio Region and the Midway Conference. Which region will come out on top? Let’s take a look at the schedule:

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Preview: Ohio Dodgeball Cup 2019

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Tom Morand and Colby Briceland

 The annual Ohio Dodgeball Cup will take place this upcoming weekend at Bowling Green State University. This year there will be 8 teams in attendance looking to take home the cup.  The ODC is structured in such a way that if only one team goes undefeated on the day they will win the Cup. In the case multiple teams end with the same record a tie breaker will be played after the conclusion of the scheduled matches to determine which team is the best in the Ohio region.

Click here to see the score sheet and schedule for the Ohio Dodgeball Cup!

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Zanderthon Throw-Down

This Saturday, February 23, 2019, marks one of the most coveted tournaments of the semester. No, it is not the Ohio Dodgeball Cup or the Beast, it is the annual Zanderthon Throw-Down, the fourth of its kind. It will be played at the Williams Fieldhouse ( 350 Jay St Platteville, Wisconsin 53818).

The teams in attendance will be your two favorites from the Midway Conference: University of Wisconsin Platteville (UWP) and DePaul. The other team in attendance and making the long trip up to the great state of Wisconsin is Northwestern State University of Louisiana (NSULA).  This will be the first team outside the Midway to play in a tournament hosted by Platteville and we are excited to have them.

Also, UWP has an alumni team playing, but as we have said before they are washed up and no one is scared of them, especially Matt Bautch (very weak arm)!  Let’s take a look at the schedule for the day:

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Michigan Dodgeball Cup Preview

The 2019 Michigan Dodgeball Cup is right around the corner, taking place this Saturday in East Lansing, Michigan on the campus of Michigan State University.  As has been the case for over a decade, the MDC will play host to each school in the state of Michigan for a regular season tournament that will have national title implications.  Below is a preview of this Saturday’s tournament: Continue reading “Michigan Dodgeball Cup Preview”

Many Storylines to Follow at Akron’s ‘WAR III’

No photo description available.This weekend, the University of Akron will host their 3rd annual WAR tournament.  The WAR, slated for Feb. 9-10, will be the biggest tournament to date this year, and the only two-day tournament of the National Collegiate Dodgeball Association’s regular season!

WAR III, much like the two previous years, will have plenty of intriguing storylines to follow.  With 15 NCDA teams heading to Northeast Ohio to take part in this event, it is basically a mini-Nationals.

Jake Bruce has emerged as a star for SVSU this year. He will need to perform well if the Cardinals expect to finish WAR with an undefeated record.

This weekend, the tournament will include teams from each of the league’s 3 toughest regions: Michigan, Ohio, and the East Coast.  As has historically been the case, WAR will provide a fantastic opportunity for teams from multiple regions to face off, providing the league with a better idea of where each team stands before Nationals.  With so many compelling games on the docket for this Saturday and Sunday, we have put together an in-depth tournament preview below. We will give a brief preview of each individual team, highlight the most intriguing games on this weekend’s schedule, and we may even give some bold predictions.  Make sure to scroll all the way to the bottom of this preview to find out the many ways you will be able to follow all the action online. For starters, here is the (MASSIVE) tournament schedule (also found here): Continue reading “Many Storylines to Follow at Akron’s ‘WAR III’”

Magnus’ Rock Fest Tournament Preview

The following was written by Cleveland State’s Joseph Walsh:

Magnus’ Rock Fest will be held at Cleveland State University on Saturday, February 2, 2019.

University of Cincinnati

For me personally, I have never witnessed this team play and from what I know, the CSU tournament will be the second tournament for this team. I am hoping that Wesley Peters has brought together some great guys to make a strong team and hopeful future contenders in the NCDA. This team plays CSU, Akron, and Kent this weekend, which will be a good test for this team to see what they are working with. They have a tough weekend ahead of them and this will hopefully be a good showing for them going forward in the NCDA.


West Virginia University

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Rally in the Valley: Penn State Tournament Preview

Penn State looks to open up the second half of the season with their first home tournament of the year. Rally in the Valley will See Penn State, James Madison University, West Virginia University and the University of Akron in their first matches of the second semester. lets take a look.

9:00 AM: Penn vs JMU

10:15 AM: Akron vs WVU

11:30 AM: Akron vs Penn

12:45 PM: JMU vs WVU

2:00 PM: JMU vs Akron

3:15 PM: WVU vs Penn

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Battle of the Valleys Preview

Two College Dodgeball titans are set to clash in a doubleheader this weekend, which will kick off the second half of the NCDA season.  This Sunday, Saginaw Valley State will host Grand Valley State as the two Michigan schools will be competing in their annual Battle of the Valleys event.  The winner will gain bragging rights in this historic rivalry.  The schedule for this Sunday is below, along with a brief preview from Chief of Content Kevin Bailey and SVSU Captain Kenny Mize:

Hamilton Gym @ Saginaw Valley

Battle of the Valleys:
10:20am- #1 GV vs #4 SVSU
11:30am- #1 GV vs #4 SVSU
12:40am- OT 6 game tiebreaker (if needed)

Alumni Games:
12:40- GV alum vs SV alum
1:30- GV alum vs GV
2:30 SV alum vs SV


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Picking Against The Spread: December 1-2 Events

This weekend their will be two separate college dodgeball events taking place.  On Saturday, Ball State will host their December Dodgeball Dash, with teams coming from the Ohio, Michigan, and Midway Regions.  Then on Sunday, James Madison will play host to one of the most anticipated events of the fall: a JMU vs. Towson doubleheader.

Below are the picks against the spread for these events, with guest picker Kevin Frye (Ball State):

#2 Towson & #3 James Madison Set to Clash in Massive East Coast Doubleheader

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the following article was co-authored by hunter ford and kevin bailey

Towson University and James Madison University decided it was time to give the people what they want!  The Tigers will be making the trip to Harrisonburg, Virginia this Sunday, to do battle with their East Coast rivals in what promises to be one of the most telling College Dodgeball events of the fall.

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December Dodgeball Dash

This Saturday, December 1, 2018, marks one of the last events of 2018 for the NCDA. It will be held at the Jo Ann Gora Student Recreation Center (1700 W Neely Ave, Muncie, IN 47304) at Ball State University. The teams in attendance will be: Michigan State University (MSU), Grand Valley State University (GVSU), Miami Ohio (Miami), University of Cincinnati (UC), Ball State University (BSU), and the University of Wisconsin Platteville (UWP). The following is the schedule for the weekend. Continue reading “December Dodgeball Dash”

Midwest’s best teams set to clash at Spartan Invite

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.


Schedule:

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Summit Street Slugfest: Picks against the Spread

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!

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