While many students were looking forward to their weekend on Friday, March 3rd, four students were packing up for a ten-hour trip.
“It was incredibly long,” co-captain Mayra Duenas said, “but well worth it.”
The trip, which took the team from their hometown of Fort Smith to Knoxville, Tennessee, was made so that they could take part in the Rocky Top Rumble Quidditch Tournament hosted by the University of Tennessee’s team.
The tournament was the first to be held by the University of Tennessee and, when they got there, the Lions Quidditch team found that they would be the only team from out of state there.
“Quidditch is a national sport, but we also have nationals [the National Quidditch Cup] coming up in April,” Duenas explained, “so a lot of teams stayed home to practice for that--and avoid any major injuries.”
The National Quidditch Cup, which will be held April 8th and 9th this year in Florida, is an annual tournament where the top teams from each region in the United States plays for the number one spot.
At the Rocky Top Rumble, Lions Quidditch took on one of those highly-ranked teams.
“InTennsity is a nationally-ranked team,” Duenas explained, “and we are extremely proud to say that we managed to keep up with them. We lost, but only by a couple of points.”
By the end of the day, the team had managed to get third place with two wins and two losses.
They were also unanimously voted the team with the best sportsmanship by the referees, which the team takes great pride in.
“We were excited and proud.” Duenas said.
The team returned Sunday and are already preparing for two more upcoming tournaments, including one that they are hosting on April 29th.
“We are going to have a week off--just a week to relax and recover,” Duenas said, “and then we’ll start up practices again next Sunday.”
Photo Courtesy of: Quidditch Club at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville Facebook