A League of Our Own – Helena Bunte

Dodgettes Navigating a New League

The 2022 semester has come to an end, and one thing can be said for certain about the college dodgeball atmosphere: we are amidst an entirely new league. College dodgeball returned last fall, and with it came an exciting season of close matches, upsets, rookies, and of course, dodgettes (Shout-out to Akron University’s female players for coining the new term). 

This article continues to highlight dodgettes across the league: 2021-2022 season graduates, pre-COVID veterans, and new recruits. Stay tuned to hear how they made their name in the league and what they are looking forward to this year; in other words, dodgettes navigating a new league.

Helena Bunte
Michigan State University
Zoology Major

​I did cross country andtrack and field in high school. I also surf, weightlift, etc. but before the NCDA I did not play any sports where you throw stuff, so dodgeball is pretty new to me.

Initial Involvement:
I saw dodgeball at a club event at MSU and it sounded fun, so I went to practice. Everyone was super nice, so I stuck around.

First Tournament:
I was a professional ball-shagger, lol. But it was a lot of fun to watch!

Nationals Recap:
It was fun, I definitely want to play another match. I liked meeting the other players – they were all so nice!

What are you looking forward to next year?
MSU winning Nationals.

Role Models:
I look up to Rebecca, our coach. She is super friendly, a great player, and a good role model and leader.

Being Dodgette:
There’s definitely a different vibe being a female dodgeball player. You want to show that you (and other women) can be good at dodgeball, but it’s hard because I’m still learning and am definitely not the best at dodgeball. But I just play for fun, so I don’t really care how good I am.

Summer Plans:
Working at a sea turtle hospital!

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