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World Cup VIII

In about three weeks my team is headed to the World Cup VIII for the US Quidditch tournament.

In the past it was an international tournament, where we met teams from the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, and many more.

However, since this sport has evolved into over 300 official teams, we are now only having a national tournament, and then the international one will be composed of the best players nationwide per country.

This is the third time we have competed for a bid at world cup, and also the third time we have gotten it.

Only the top 80 teams get to attend, so it’s a feat that we made it.

I am so proud of our team!

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If you want to know what the heck the US Quidditch World Cup is all about, check out this promotional trailer.

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Yesterday things got real.

I picked up the cap. I picked up the gown.

and frankly… I picked up my senioritis and haven’t given it back.

Of course the first thing I had to do was FaceTime my momma to let her know that I’m just THAT much closer to walking across the stage in the Hoop on May 9th.

I know… I’m that cool.

Though, if you’ve read my blog since the beginning, you would know that I am a first generation college student here at Tennessee Tech University, so it’s a generational accomplishment that I have made it this far.

Yes, so maybe I am a tad excited. And yes, maybe I should give back my senioritis. BUT maybe not right now.

I’m hoping to ride this train of celebration for the next fifty two days as I figure out what the big wide world has for me once I step out there.

Fifty two days of taking in every morning walk to school, watching the President’s lawn be full of laughter and sports, the ringing melodies of Derryberry hall, and everything in between. I’ll miss this place.

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High of 75 and a chance of being sick

Today was a sunshine, birds singing kind of day.

Vitamin E was in the air, and we were all bound to catch a sunburn.

Well, of course, except for me.

Everything has been fine and dandy until a giant house fell on top of me and I could barely breathe.  Okay, a house didn’t fall on me, but I feel like it did… and it hasn’t left yet.

I was sent home from work today because I couldn’t stop sneezing, wheezing, and giving looks of exhaustion – at least I assume. I only lasted about fifteen minutes until my boss recommended I go home.

Boo.

So I headed to the infirmary at Tech to figure out how I could stop using a box of tissues a day and just get better!

Lung infection. Sinus infection.

Can you say yuck?

Well, here I am three medications later, persevering on… why you ask?

Because there are 54 days left until I graduate. That’s why.

 

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We felt like heroes

We felt like heroes.

I was jumping up and down flailing my arms as loud roars of, “Yes!!” came out of my lungs. We were doing it. We were even better than we thought. We had a chance.

Let me start back at the beginning:

This past weekend was our USQ Southern Regionals tournament for Quidditch. Yeah yeah, insert your laughs, because you actually don’t know how physical and difficult this sport is. On day one, we won our first game against Florida State University, and next up was Florida’s Finest. They are known to be the best team in the southern region, and they usually overall place in the top ten in the world (there are 148 official teams that compete regularly). So we were a bit nervous but we felt good about it, we really felt like we practiced enough to match up against them. We fought hard but unfortunately we lost by quite a few points. But hey – we knew that going into it.

The final score was 100* to 20 (the asterisk means they are the team who ended the game with a snitch grab of 30 points, this means that we were at 70 to 20 before the game ended).

However, day two came around. We beat our first game against a Tennessee community team who are like family to us, so it was a bit hard going through that. But then it got tricky – our next match up was against Florida’s Finest again, we were ready, we thought we could do even better this time.

The starting line up went out to the field, including myself; I am the starting female beater. We were SO ready…. And nervous.

As the game began an audience started to form in the bleachers, and over a matter of five minutes we had about one hundred spectators, and 98% of them were cheering for us. Several teams came and watched and cheered for us because they all wanted to take down FF as well, we were the underdogs.

As the game began it was a constant battle for points. We score, they score, we score, and they score again. We were tied. But then a breakthrough happened, we started scoring a couple more than them, and they didn’t tie it up. I looked at the scoreboard and gazed across the field, one of our chasers just scored another goal – barely.

We were up by a lot.

We felt like heroes.

I was jumping up and down flailing my arms as loud roars of, “Yes!!” came out of my lungs. We were doing it. We were even better than we thought. We had a chance.

We were actually ahead and winning.

With every goal the whole audience was standing up and screaming “TTU!” It was such a great moment – I will never forget it.

The game ended up fluctuating, but the crowd never lost its loyalty – we were at 90 points for FF and 70 for us, it was a close game. But FF ended the game giving them 30 points, with a final score of 120* – 70. Wow. I mean, if we had ended the game with a snitch grab we would have been at 100* us – 90 FF. We were close enough that the game could have gone either way. We weren’t even that upset when we lost; it was an accomplishment in itself. We were a match-up against FF.

As we congratulated the other team, we all walked to the sidelines, and suddenly several players from multiple teams starting congratulating us, high-fiving us, and complimenting us for our game. They couldn’t believe how well we played – and we couldn’t either. It was so rewarding.

My team is my family, and I am blessed that we all got to take in this moment – we deserved it. Always the bridesmaid, never the bride. TTU is a dark horse who is so ready to go to World Cup, now that we have earned our spot there for the third year in a row.

Words can’t express how psyched we are to get out on that field and surprise another team. TTU Quidditch is back and we’re ready to win!

  • Here is a video of our second game against FF – WATCH IT (unfortunately, they started the film about 10 minutes in, missing the first few goals where we were really killing it!)
  • Here is a recap video from day two of the world cup last year, it starts with our seeker catching the snitch in one of our winning games!
  • … and that is about it!