Grand Valley Gauntlet VIII

This Saturday we kick off the second half of our 2021-2022 season in Allendale, Michigan, with the Grand Valley Gauntlet VIII. The teams in attendance are: the Grand Valley State University (GVSU), Saginaw Valley State University (SVSU), and Michigan State University (MSU). It is exciting to get back on the courts again and I can’t wait to see the results. Let’s take a look at the schedule for tomorrow’s event below.

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Cardinal Invitational Recap

Way back on November 20th, the Cardinal Invitational took place. With everyone very busy with the holiday weekend and preparing for finals, it took a little while to compile each team’s lasting thoughts for the tournament. We take a look at what leaders from (almost) every team had to say.

Saginaw Valley State Perspective:

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2nd Annual John Betters’ Bobcat Bonanza Tournament Review

The second annual John Betters’ Bobcat Bonanza showed us where a lot of teams stand at this point in the season. With most teams having played a match throughout the league as of the conclusion of this weekend, I think we are finally starting to get a good picture for how each team compares to one another. While there are still a lot of lingering questions (IE – how does the majority of the East Coast stand up to the rest of the league? What does Michigan State look like? Is Towson still truly a top team in the NCDA? Are Grand Valley and Cincinnati actually that good?), we did get some real answers this weekend. Yes, Grand Valley is still a force to be reckoned with. Yes, Cincinnati is a legitimate title contender despite the loss to the aforementioned Lakers. Yes, the league is in overall good health with impressively large rookie classes for a lot of teams who hadn’t played prior to this weekend such as Ohio and Saginaw Valley.

What hasn’t been answered, however, is what each team thought about their own individual performances on the weekend. The participating Captains and Presidents minced no words when it comes to how they felt about their teams’ performances this past weekend. Here’s what they had to say:

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2nd Annual John Betters’ Bobcat Bonanza Preview

With the return of dodgeball comes the return of what I can only assume will become a time honored tradition for Ohio University, and that is hosting the annual John Betters’ Bobcat Bonanza in the fall semester. Not only will this year’s iteration feature eight talented dodgeball teams, but we will also witness the retirement of the great John Betters’ jersey as well as the ceremonial first throw – a welcomed new addition to the tournament.

Silliness aside, Ohio University will be host to some of the hardest hitting, most impactful matchups the NCDA has to offer since before the pandemic started in March of 2020. The teams in attendance will be Bowling Green State University, the University of Cincinnati, Grand Valley State University, James Madison University, Miami University, hosts Ohio University, [the] Ohio State University, and Saginaw Valley State University.

There are a lot of intriguing storylines to consider and questions that need answers as we head into Saturday’s tournament. To shine some light on some of those, we’ve asked the leaders of each team to provide some insight into who some players to look out for are, what they think about their respective matchups, and what they need to do to have a successful day Saturday. Without further adieu, here is what each team had to say:

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The Viking Cup Recap

At the Viking Cup, several teams went head to head for some quality matches to prepare for nationals. Several of the games were close and tested teams’ ability to fight and go for the win. Below are the scores for the day and captain’s thoughts on the teams in attendance.

MatchScoreWinner
SVSU vs UWP2-1SVSU
WMU vs BSU5-3WMU
CSU vs SVSU3-2CSU
CSU vs UWP4-3CSU
UWP vs BSU7-1UWP
SVSU vs UK5-2SVSU
WMU vs UK5-2WMU
UK vs BSU6-4UK
CSU vs WMUForfeitCSU
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The Viking Cup

On February 22, 2020, we have a great mix of teams attending the Viking Cup that should make for some fun matches. There are two teams from the Michigan and Midway regions, and one each from the South and Ohio regions. The teams in attendance will be: Cleveland State University (CSU), Saginaw Valley State University (SVSU), Western Michigan University (WMU), Ball State University (BSU), University of Kentucky (UK), and the University of Wisconsin Platteville (UWP). Let’s take a look at the schedule (games will be played at the CSU Rec Center).

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Michigan Dodgeball Cup Preview

The 2019 Michigan Dodgeball Cup is right around the corner, taking place this Saturday in East Lansing, Michigan on the campus of Michigan State University.  As has been the case for over a decade, the MDC will play host to each school in the state of Michigan for a regular season tournament that will have national title implications.  Below is a preview of this Saturday’s tournament: Continue reading “Michigan Dodgeball Cup Preview”

Battle of the Valleys Recap: GVSU Sweeps SVSU Despite Strong Showing from the Cardinals

The second half of the National Collegiate Dodgeball Association’s regular season kicked off on Sunday with a doubleheader between two of the top teams in the nation.  #1 Grand Valley State completed the sweep of host school #4 Saginaw Valley State in their annual Battle of the Valleys event.  The final scores from the two varsity matches are below, along with a brief recap:

Game 1: GVSU def SVSU 3-2

Game 1 began with Grand Valley looking very much like the #1 team in the country, as they picked apart the solid SVSU roster to claim a 2-0 lead at the half.  SVSU was able to make the second point a bit closer, but overall, GVSU used a controlled pace to pick off one Cardinal at a time in each point.  The big takeaway from the first half was how disciplined GVSU looked.  Very few mistakes were made from the Lakers, as their leadership and experience were on full display. Continue reading “Battle of the Valleys Recap: GVSU Sweeps SVSU Despite Strong Showing from the Cardinals”

Spartan Invite- Recap

On November 17, 2018  at the IM Sports East (804 E Shaw Ln, East Lansing, MI 48825) some of the top teams in the country battled it out at the Spartan Invite, hosted by Michigan State University. There were several close matches and several teams that surprised. Let’s take a look at the results for the day. Continue reading “Spartan Invite- Recap”

Michigan State Open Tournament Recap

The first weekend of NCDA Dodgeball is in the books, with events hosted in three different regions on opening weekend.  In the Michigan Region, Michigan State University hosted a five-team tournament titled the Michigan State Open.  This tournament, which featured all four Michigan schools plus Kentucky, was very competitive, and yielded some surprising results.  Before we dive into the recap, here are all the final scores from the games that took place in East Lansing last Sunday:

Results:

CMU def MSU 4-3 OT
SVSU def UK 5-1
SVSU def MSU 3-2 OT
GVSU def UK 4-3
CMU def UK 2-1
GVSU def MSU 4-1
CMU def SVSU 4-3
UK def MSU 2-1
SV-JV def GV-JV 3-2
GVSU def CMU 4-0
GV-JV def MSU-JV 4-3 OT

Recap:

This tournament, as mentioned above, did not go exactly as planned.  According to the Gonzalez Rankings, there was only one technical upset (UK over MSU), but if you asked anyone that follows College Dodgeball closely, a few results from the tournament stood out as major surprises.  Below is a recap of each official game that took place at the Michigan State Open, along with an “All-Tournament Team” listed at the end of the article: Continue reading “Michigan State Open Tournament Recap”

Rectification- Recap

At the Rectification last Sunday, March 25, several teams went head to head to show off their skills and show who was the best.   The results of the matches were surprising at times with some very competitive matches.  The following teams that took part in this tournament were: GVSU, CMU, SVSU, MSU, GVSU Alumni, and UWP.  Here are the results for the ranked matches for the day. Continue reading “Rectification- Recap”

Rectification Tournament Preview

Yes, Wisconsin Platteville’s name was left off this tournament banner. Picture Credit: GVSU Club Sports

The following article was co-authored by Chief of Content Kevin Bailey and Erik Zander (UWP Captain).

This Sunday, Grand Valley State University will host one of the most anticipated late season tourneys prior to Nationals.  In attendance will be some of the top dodgeball teams in the country.  GVSU will obviously be there to protect their home court.  Central Michigan will also be in attendance, looking to avenge their most recent loss to the Lakers.  Along with these two top teams, Michigan State will make the trip to Allendale as they look to make some improvements heading into Nationals.  Wisconsin Platteville will travel around the coast of Lake Michigan up to GVSU’s campus after competing in Chicago just last weekend.  And lastly, Saginaw Valley State will be in attendance, with an opportunity to play against GVSU and CMU for the first time since the fall.  Along with these five NCDA teams, there will also be a Grand Valley Alumni Team participating in the tournament, with exhibition games scheduled vs. CMU, MSU, and GVSU.

Below, Erik Zander and Kevin Bailey will discuss each official matchup at Rectification, and will provide predictions as well:


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