Students dodge, duck at latenight dodgeball tournament

Published: March 10, 2016

Sports Editor

Students at The University dodged, ducked, dipped, dived and dodged as Residence Life put together a dodgeball tournament Friday.

The tournament had a number of students from every class show up, and the event was a fun, friendly competition.

While the dodgeball tournament was a fun, successful event, it is not the only event Residence Life has put together. They have hosted events such as a lip-sync battle, ResFest and karaoke.

Current resident assistant Kyle Miller said the event spawned from a general interest in dodgeball from University students.

“Well some of the RAs in our region put on a dodgeball tournament last semester and it was a huge success, so almost immediately after that we knew we wanted to do another one,” Miller said. “As for the original idea, we thought it would be fun for everyone. It appeals to both girls and boys, upper and lower classmen, so we figured it was a worthwhile event.”

First-year student Daniel D’Agostini said the pre-event promotion was what drew he and his friends to the event.

“We saw the setup on second floor DeNaples, the big sign and the people promoting it,” D’Agostini said. “It was something my friends and I were immediately interested in, so we texted some of our other friends and we had a team pretty quickly.”

D’Agostini, who wrestles for The University at 184 lbs., said the event proved to provide some friendly, competitive action.

“The vibe was definitely friendly, but toward the end when there were three teams left, things got more competitive,” D’Agostini said. “Most of us competing against were a bunch of athletes, so we knew each other too, so it was for bragging rights.”

In the end, it was D’Agostini’s team that came out on top.

The first-year deacon of dodgeball said the victory and the tournament, were better than he expected.

“It was very gratifying to win it. It also really exceeded expectations. Going into it, we weren’t really expecting much, just a small dodgeball tournament,” D’Agostini said. “It ended up being a lot of fun, and I actually got closer with the guys on my team, as well as the guys we were playing against.”

The good news is that other teams will be able to attempt to replicate D’Agostini’s team success, as the latenight dodgeball tournament is sure to be back at The Univeristy in the future for even more students to participate in.

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