KENT-Rec: Kent def OSU 2-1 in the Multi-purpose Room at the Rec Center
Kent State University and The Ohio State University met for their respective opening matches on Saturday September 15th at Kent State’s recreation center. Both teams were able to field a majority of veterans with Kent bringing two new players and Ohio State five. Ohio State got a quick win in the first match followed by back to back wins by Kent State. The last game came down to the wire, as Ohio State attempted to eliminate the few remaining Kent players left in play in order to gain a tie. The match ended with Kent State winning 2-1. There were approximately fifty fans in attendance.
– Dan Shackelford [Kent-33-C]
LEXINGTON-Alumni: UK def WKU 4-0 in the Alumni Gym
The University of Kentucky and Western Kentucky University squared off on their opening matches on Saturday September 15th. Between UK and WKU both teams fielded a combined 30 veterans to start the opening match. Both team started to shake of the rust from the summer and began a slow paced first half. UK led going into the break 1-0 lead. Both teams came out in the second half with something to prove and exhibited a much faster pace and ended the match with UK winning 4-0. On two separate points WKU forced UK down to a 10 second shot-clock only to be denied the point.
The several hundred people in attendance were given a scare just minutes into the game as UK’s Jeffery DeWitt (#22) suffered a severe concussion while failing to properly land from a dodge in midair. The injury required multiple stitches and an overnight stay at the hospital. We are glad to report that Jeffrey DeWitt is looking to make a good recovery in the upcoming months.
– Zac Brown [UK-13-C]
CHICAGO-Solheim: DePaul def MBI 3-1 in the Battle of the Brown Line in the first match of the season.
For the start of the season, the two Chicago NCDA Member Teams clashed in the Battle of the Brown Line today. Named after the mass transit train line that connects the two urban campuses, the match was held at Moody Bible Institute’s classic Solheim Center. Moody had an enthusiastic home court crowd of about 100 people, the norm whether the team plays at DePaul or at home. DePaul brought along about 5 fans, but they’ve always been able to entertain themselves.
The play of the match presented two largely even teams. There was not many violations of any kind, with only a few shot clock violations spread across either team for the duration of the match. While the first point lasted nine minutes and dwindled to a 1 on 1 contest, with DePaul Vice President Brian Van Meter performing a drop and catch to win the point. It was an exciting, constant show of what large scale college dodgeball is meant to be. At the end of the second half, DePaul led 2-0 despite a strong, aggressive Moody contesting for both points.
Returning to the court after halftime and a happy birthday song for AJ Khah [DePaul 7-F] and Jeremy Schambach [MBI 6-A], Moody played with greater intelligence and managed to force a win within ten minutes. For the duration of the entire match, many throws by Moody landed in DePaul bread baskets which made for easy catches. The key to this point for MBI was ball control, smart throws, and a some crucial team catches. DePaul’s strong offensive throws, clutch catches, and constant gameplay led to their eventual victory.
The remaining second half was the most even contest. Moody fought hard, trying to even up the score and almost brought the game into an overtime under the new 6 on 6 rules. DePaul had a few aggressive plays, with sophomore Matthew “Howitzer” Schroeder using his arm to make some key outs. Even though Moody had the number and ball advantage for a good part of third point, the rest of the DePaul remainder made catches and the advantage turned. The final point lasted for the last ten minutes of the match, ending with a DePaul win in the last fifty seconds.
A comment by sophomore Sam Murphy noted simply:
“DePaul Dodgeball remains Undefeated.”
When the dust settled in East Lansing on Sunday only one team was left standing. Ohio State’s 3-year dominance in college dodgeball has officially ended and the iconic scarlet and grey has been replaced with a single color Michigan teams have seen all too much of:
With an army of supporters and a 9-0 record the GVSU lakers clearly came into their final matchup with the OSU Buckeyes (7-2) on a mission. A 3-1 decision and one silver trophy later, it’s safe to them to unfurl the “MISSION: ACCOMPLISHED” banners back in Allendale. Next year’s tournament will be held in Columbus, Ohio.
Bowling Green State University: 0-4
Delta College: 9-4
DePaul University: 0-4
Grand Valley State University: 10-0
Kent State University: 2-2
Kentucky, University of: 2-3
Marshall University: 0-4
Michigan State University: 8-5
Oakland University: 2-8
Ohio State University: 7-2
Saginaw Valley State University: 3-6