Players warming up for a second GVSU game
November 15, 2010 —
Grand Valley may have won the Battle of the Valleys football game.
But, if the Cardinals Club Dodgeball team has a say, the Lakers won’t be victorious against an SVSU team two weeks in a row.
After a 4-1 win over Eastern Michigan opened the 2010 season for the Cardinals, they now have their sights set on the three-time national champion Lakers, whom SVSU has never beat.
“Every game we get closer and closer to beating them,” junior and team founder Bryan Janick said. “Last year we lost 3-2 to them both times. If we beat them, it would be a big lift for the guys.”
The game is scheduled to begin Saturday at 2 p.m. in the Cardinal Gym.
In the win over Eastern Michigan, a number of Cardinals had good performances, including junior Jordan Elliot tand seniors Jason Stein and Spencer Jardine. Janick was also impressed with the play of freshmen Kyle Hervela, Max Siler and Eddie Veenstra.
“We had a lot of catches, which is the biggest reason we won,” Janick said. “We also played well as a team.”
While the Cardinals have been close to winning a national championship in the past, they haven’t been able to close the deal. Janick is hoping a roster full of experienced veterans as well as some up-and-coming younger players will get the job done.
“Our team has gotten a lot better at catching than we were in the past and that could be the difference for us this year,” he said.
The Cardinals used the Eastern Michigan game as a “practice game” for Grand Valley, although Janick thinks SVSU will be able to use the win as a launching pad for a season full of wins.
“It was a big step to get ready for Grand Valley and the season,” he said.
Even with the dominating win, there are still things the Cardinals must improve on to beat their biggest rival.
“We have to work on team throws and continue to get better at catching,” Janick said.
Janick invites anyone interested in dodgeball to attend the game and cheer on the hometown Cardinals to a victory over the Lakers.
“Everyone should come out and watch the game because it’s dodgeball at its best,” he said.