Season Recap “Kentucky Region”

Western Kentucky's stellar performance at Nationals 2014 surprised a lot of people around the league.
Western Kentucky’s stellar performance at Nationals 2014 surprised a lot of people around the league.

Teams:

Kentucky

Western Kentucky

Northwestern State (Louisiana)

North Texas

 

It was not a standout year for any team in the Kentucky region.  Only two of the teams made an appearance at Nationals.  While neither Kentucky nor Western Kentucky made it past the 2nd round in the NCDA’s final tournament, both teams proved that Kentucky has some quality dodgeball teams.  Here are my awards for the Kentucky Region.

 

James Rossi and the Kentucky Wildcats remained the best team in their region by going 2-0 against WKU in 2013-14
James Rossi and the Kentucky Wildcats remained the best team in their region by going 2-0 against WKU in 2013-14

Best Team:

Kentucky

The Wildcats get the slight nod over WKU based on the head-to-head matchups that these two teams had this year.  UK never lost to WKU in 2013-14, proving to once again be the premier team from this region.

 

Most Improved Team:

Western Kentucky

WKU certainly played well at Nationals this year.  The Hilltoppers beat host school Ohio State in the first round, and earned a point against eventual Final Four team James Madison before losing that game.  WKU surprised many teams with their organized play and timely catching as they made an impressive run at 2014 NCDA Nationals.

 

MVP for the Kentucky Region: Western Kentucky's Felix Perrone.
MVP for the Kentucky Region: Western Kentucky’s Felix Perrone.

Most Valuable Player:

Felix Perrone (WKU)

The only player from this region to earn first team ALL-NCDA was WKU’s Felix Perrone.  Competing in his final season, Felix led Western Kentucky all year long.  Felix Perrone was one of the most skilled players in the NCDA this season.  It will be near impossible for WKU to find someone to replace a player of his caliber.

 

Team to Watch Next Season:

North Texas

I have yet to see North Texas play a match, but I am giving them the title of “Team to Watch” because I expect a lot of improvement from this team.  Remember, they are still fairly new to the NCDA.

Author: Kevin Bailey

Current NCDA Chief of Content. Former Captain for Grand Valley State University (#4).

2 thoughts on “Season Recap “Kentucky Region””

  1. It just won’t be the same without Felix flipping his hair back after each throw lol! That was the signature Perrone move! :-)

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