Quidditch Post: Illinois State qualified for World Cup when Marquette University Quidditch dropped. What does it mean for your team to get the chance to attend World Cup?
Alyssa: When we got the notice, my entire team stepped up. I am so proud of my team for dropping everything and doing anything to make it possible to attend. We have been working very hard to improve this year, and it is a great opportunity to be able to show how far we have come. It will be the first chance for almost all of the team to experience a World Cup, and they are ecstatic.
QP: Your team fell just short at the regional championship; how tough was that for the team?
Alyssa: It was very hard on my team. We played well and had so many close games. In the end, we took it as a learning experience and motivation to do well second semester to prove we have what it takes.
QP: How would you say the team has improved since then?
Alyssa: We definitely work better as a team now. Our communication has increased, and we have put more thought into our strategies. We have had the talent; it was just a matter of playing to each other's strengths.
QP: Would you say the team has a particular style of play?
Alyssa: I think it definitely changes depending on the team we are playing. We always play hard though.
QP: What are your goals for World Cup?
Alyssa: Our goal is to make it to bracket play. There are so many great teams going and it won't be easy, but I know we can if we play well.
QP: What will it take to get there?
Alyssa: Definitely playing smart, being determined, and having good communication.
QP: Would you say the team has any stars?
Alyssa: I think everyone on my team is a great player. Each one brings something special to the field.
QP: What do you hope the team takes away from the experience?
Alyssa: I hope they realize that hard work does pay off and that we should be proud of ourselves. Also, I want them to learn from watching all the amazing teams that will be there and use what they see to improve for next year.
QP: The team has quite an interesting first matchup. Thoughts?
Alyssa: It'll be a cool experience to get to play against the best. We always go out and try our best, so I expect nothing less against the University of Texas at Austin.
QP: Anything else you want our readers to know about ISU?
Alyssa: We have had so much support from other teams in the Midwest, and we are really excited to cheer them all on at the World Cup!
QP: Thanks, Alyssa; we appreciate it.
Alyssa: No, thank you!