Wednesday, April 8, 2015

80 in 80: Lock Haven University

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 Jonyull Kosinski, captain of Lock Haven University Quidditch.

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Quidditch Post: How does the team feel about qualifying for World Cup, albeit on late notice?
Jonyull: We couldn't believe that we finally made it to World Cup. In my three years after starting this program on our campus, all we've wanted was to qualify with the most elite teams in the country in our sport, and we finally did it. I even implemented the chant "who's year, our year!" because I knew that we were progressing so well and doing huge things this year. Our field IQ has skyrocketed, but more importantly, our teams chemistry, compassion, and awareness of each other was the most significant factor in how well we were playing this year. Obviously, this did not reflect evenly with our record.

QP: Why do you think the team failed to qualify at the regional championship?
Jonyull: It normally takes us a little bit to warm up in tournaments. Also, our chemistry was lacking in the beginning due to a few newer additions to the roster. We always play better the second half of tournaments!

QP: Do you think those problems are worked out now?
Jonyull: One hundred percent, especially at this caliber of a tournament. We're ready to show up.

QP: Who would you say are some of the team's key players?
Jonyull: Keeper AJ Radle, beaters Tyler Potoski and Caitie Probst, chasers Andrew Parzanese, Zach Whitsel, and myself. 

QP: What makes those players successful?
Jonyull: Each is versatile in their own way. Andy and Zach have unbelievable field IQs, Tyler and Caitie are powerhouse beaters, AJ is a tank and is fearless, and my communication allows a more efficient gameplay set up for my team!

QP: Would you say the team has a particular style of play?
Jonyull: Yes. We are as aggressive as possible. Obviously we abide by USQ rules, but we're not afraid to hit or get hit

QP: Are there teams you hope to face?
Jonyull: Definitely the South and West Region teams. We're really excited to play against them! We honestly look forward to playing any and every team, as cliché as that sounds, no matter the caliber.

QP: What are your goals for World Cup?
Jonyull: Qualifying was the biggest one! We're not anticipating making it to the finals, but I would love for us to advance to bracket play against the top-tier defenders!

QP: What do you hope the team takes away from the experience now that you've made it?
Jonyull: The main takeaway point is that even though our record does reflect evenly, we want to prove to the world that we can hang, hit, and play with the big dogs. The pride and chemistry we've built over the last three years has gotten us this far, so why not take it further?

QP: Thanks for your time, Jonyull; we appreciate it.
Jonyull: Of course!

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