*This is the first of three previews for the Spartan Invite. Previews from Colin O’Brien and Jacob Leski will be published in the near future.
This Sunday, Michigan State University is set to host the annual Spartan Invite at IM West. Michigan State along with Grand Valley State, Central Michigan, DePaul, Bowling Green State, and Kent State will take part in a big-time tournament.
As we close in on the end of the fall semester, this tournament will likely determine who the top dog in the NCDA is at the halfway point in the season. All eyes will be on the matches that take place between MSU, GVSU, and CMU. Each of these teams has beaten the others at least once so far this fall. The circle of parity at the top of the league is more severe than in years past, but there is still over half a season left. If any of these schools has plans of distancing themselves to become the #1 team in the league, this tournament will certainly be a strong stepping stone in that effort.
Bragging rights will be on the line Sunday when MSU, GVSU, CMU, BGSU, DePaul, and Kent face off in the annual Spartan Invite. Here are my predictions for this weekend’s matches:
PLATTEVILLE – Bo Ryan Court: UWP def DePaul 3-0 in the Pioneer Classic, the Opening Match of the 2016 Season. -zm
The team arrived in Platteville at about two in the afternoon. After warming up, we took our sides. In the first game DePaul lost players quickly, with only a few members holding on until losing. The second game was more evenly matched. Eventually, Bryan Hymel was the last man remaining on the DePaul side, holding them off until half-time. In the second half, DePaul fought hard. Tyler Hamilton was the last man remaining, then making some great catches to bring some teammates back in. After losing that game, DePaul came surging back in the final Point, getting Platteville down to only one player in the last 10 seconds left in play. Despite dropping two games to Platteville, DePaul played well and had fun in the first match of the year. – Jake Binder [DePaul 1st Year]
2015 UWP All Star Matt Bautch previews this weekends opening match! -zm
This weekend at the University of Wisconsin Platteville, the Pioneer Classic is taking place to test the abilities of the new 2015-2016 Platteville and DePaul dodgeball teams. Platteville has been thinking about hosting games and/or tournaments for some time now, and this year we made it happen. It’s tough to get teams to come and play when it’s quite an adventure to get here. We’re ecstatic that DePaul is making the trip to come compete with us. It’s going to be an all-out battle between the two Illinois region teams to see who comes out victorious. It will be very interesting to see how both teams are going to strategize this year. All new members of the clubs will now get a taste of how the NCDA tournaments work, and also how an opposing team may play and strategize differently than ourselves. Whenever Platteville and DePaul meet, no matter which team wins or loses, there is so much respect and enthusiasm for each team when playing.
After throwing wrenches at our new freshman recruits to teach them how to dodge, we feel that we are ready for anything, except maybe dodging traffic. When we do start dodging traffic, we will start here in Platteville, hopefully working up to Chicago-level traffic so we will be just as good as DePaul. We will get there eventually. After workouts, we drink our own urine because it is sterile and we like the taste. The nutritional value is still being researched. In addition to the physical game, we have been trying to instill the five D’s of dodgeball into every players mind. We even have them on the backs of our shirts as reminders. After all this hard work and nutritional supplements, we feel that this will be the match of the century.
Over the weekend, DePaul University hosted their annual Chicago Dodgeball Open. This year was a bit different than CDOs in the past thanks in large part to the terrible weather. A tournament that usually involves five or six teams, only had three teams in attendance. Central Michigan, Grand Valley State, and host school DePaul competed in a three team round robin. Wisconsin Platteville could not make the trip due to the bad driving conditions on account of the Blizzard [-Ed., ZM]
This past weekend, three teams joined the league. One team hosted their own event: St. Ambrose hosted DePaul Dodgeball and Wisconsin Platteville in a Round Robin. Troy Dixon and I traveled to help Officiate the event. In this article, we perform an in depth analysis based on our on site observations.
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.”