The UNC Quidditch team scrapped their way to victory Saturday, making a name for themselves after becoming a club team last semester.
The team defeated several competing schools by winning the King of the Hill tournament against Duke University, University of Virginia, UNC-Wilmington and Tennessee Technological University.
Dylan Meyer, president of UNC Quidditch, said the team competes in five to seven tournaments each semester, with a core group of team members practicing four times a week.
Meyer said this is the first year of the team being recognized as a club sport by the University.
“This was amazingly simple to organize compared to past tournaments, mainly because of our transition to club status,” Meyer said.
Sophomore player Hastings Greer said as a club sport, it is not only easier to have access to fields but also to have funding for equipment.
Meyer said that Quidditch has grown in popularity at universities in the Southeast, except in North Carolina.
“North Carolina is kind of an oddball in that it hasn’t developed as much as in other states,” he said.
Catherine Quinn, a senior on University of Virginia’s team, the Whomping Wahoos, said the sport is still demanding despite being unconventional.
“It’s a good camaraderie you get,” Quinn said. “It still has a required effort of a regular team, but the people are more chill.”
UNC caught the golden snitch before Virginia to win their most difficult match. Since becoming a club sport in fall 2014, the team has been a fierce competitor in the region.
The team is ranked ninth nationally, and Meyer said they are looking to compete in the World Cup in April, hosted by the International Quidditch Association.
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