Wednesday, April 8, 2015

80 in 80: Illinois State

As part of our efforts to preview all 80 teams competing in USQ World Cup 8, the Quidditch Post is chatting with representatives from each team. Today we spoke with Alyssa Marassa co-captain, of the Illinois State Firebirds (ISU).

Photo by Cara Marassa 

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!

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