Grand Valley State University’s dodgeball team hosted the second of their two fall tournaments this past weekend, and it turned out to be a very interesting day of dodgeball. In attendance were four Michigan teams: Grand Valley State, Michigan State, Central Michigan, and Davenport (Kent State was scheduled to attend but was unable to make the trip, therefor they forfeited each game they were scheduled to play).
This event did not particularly go as most would have expected. The records for each team at this tournament are as follows (remember each team earned a win by forfeit against Kent): GVSU: 4-0, CMU: 3-1, MSU: 1-3, DU: 1-1, Kent, 0-4 [F]. Here is my recap of each game played at this tournament which unquestionably proved that the NCDA (especially the Michigan region) is WIDE OPEN this season!
GVSU def MSU 5-1
The first match of the day ended up being one of the few games that was not tense all the way to the end. GVSU came out much faster than an undermanned MSU squad in this particular game. Taking the first few points quite convincingly, GVSU rode their early momentum to a 5-1 victory. For lack of better words, this game did not have much “drama”. The same cannot be said of the next few matches that took place…
GVSU def CMU 2-1 OT
This game certainly had some drama. GVSU jumped out to a 1-0 lead by halftime, but CMU bounced back with a point in the second half that was completed with only a few minutes left in regulation. GVSU walked away with a win in OT with all six of their overtime players remaining in the game. *For a more in-depth recap of this game click here: http://ncdadodgeball.com/?p=4199
CMU def MSU 3-0
Central was able to beat MSU for the first time in three tries this season. As is usually the case, CMU used a strong catching performance to get this win. The first point of this match took nearly 20 minutes, with the game going back and forth before CMU was able to eliminate Colin O’Brien, the last Spartan standing, to close out the point. The second half saw the Chippewas gain two more points for a convincing victory,
GVSU def MSU 2-1
GVSU and MSU ended up facing each other for a second time on this Sunday in Allendale, Mich. The second game was a much tighter contest to say the least. GVSU was able to take the first point easily, but before halftime, MSU made the game interesting thanks to a strong point played by Noe Galaviz among others.
The first point of the second half, which took nearly the entire time, was the deciding factor in the game. Both GVSU and MSU were down to the ten-count with less than 10 minutes to go, before GVSU pulled away due to some well timed team throws, and a few clutch catches. The game finished with GVSU taking home a 2-1 win, but credit MSU for the inspired second half performance despite not having their entire varsity roster in attendance.
CMU def DU 11-0
I was not able to watch this game, but as expected CMU took the victory quite easily. Davenport came into the tournament with a very inexperienced roster, and it certainly was apparent in this match.