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5/10/2017 - Brittney Harness

I started playing competitive beer pong almost four years ago. It was a day after my brothers 21st birthday and we were trying to find something to do when I remembered a bowling alley had a “college night” so I suggested to him that we should go and bowl. I went into the bar area to get a drink when I saw a bunch of people playing what appeared to be beer pong.  At this point I’ve played your typical “house rules” pong maybe a handful of times in my life, so I didn’t know if I wanted to play but I broke down and asked my brother if he wanted to and from that moment we were hooked.  We were not good at all but that did not stop us from giving it shot.

After playing for awhile I learned that there were competitive tournaments all over the country.  My first real event out of my area was in Indiana for a $1K and it was so much fun.  I got to meet a lot of players that I had only heard about so finally getting to put a name to all the faces was nice.  My first big win was a 6v6 tournament which I can’t obviously ever forget, I was really happy because around that time I never thought I was going to win anything.  I have won a lot of small things that had to do with top female player but nothing more than that.

I do want to thank Nick Trupiano for always being that person to always be so upfront and honest with me with how I play.  He has given me a lot of helpful advice throughout my years of playing even if I didn’t want to hear it.  He has definitely taught me to just have fun with this game and it’s true, the more fun I had with playing the less I thought about who was at the other end of the table and honestly I’ve been shooting a lot better since.

In 2016 I finally decided that it was time for me to go to Las Vegas for the World Series of Beer Pong, which was an AMAZING experience to say the least!  I had the opportunity to meet so many new people from all over the world who love this game just as much as I and some many others do.  It’s absolutely something everyone should experience once in your life whether you consider yourself a competitive pong player or not.  I also attended the battle at the beach event in Virginia Beach later in the year which was a great tournament also.  I got third in both 3v3 and 2v2 coed tournaments which was a huge deal for me because of all the female competition that showed up.  I was happy with how far I got and aside from that, I was also able to get closer with some of the pong family.

So far in 2017, I won my first bid for the WSOBP in a Women’s singles tournament.  I was so happy that I could finally say I’ve won a satellite event because so few are awarded that title.  I am excited to attend this years WSOBP XII in Las Vegas in about a months time.  I’m feeling pretty confident with how I’ve been playing as of late so hopefully that transitions into a good performance in the coed and women’s singles.  I don’t look at this as a party game, I do believe it is a sport and I have seen how much talent is out there.  Beer pong has been a huge part of my life so far and getting the chance to travel to around the country with so many friends to play something you thoroughly enjoy is a great feeling.  I have some of the best friends that I call family because of this game.  I’m not trying to be the best female player in the world, I just want people to see that I am not a bad player and I’m only getting better and hopefully my name can start getting out there a bit more.  I can’t wait to see where pong leads me in the years to come because I sure as hell don’t plan on stopping anytime soon.

- Brittney Harness

7/30/2016 - VANESSA ROEHM

Going on about 4 years now, in the late summer, was the start of this crazy whirlwind that soon not only became my hobby but became part of my life.  AJ and I walked into a local bar with a few of his teammates after playing softball, located off in the corner were a group of people playing beer pong.  AJ and a couple of teammates wandered over to get in on one of the tables and I sat and watched, playing on my phone, hanging out with the others that came with us after the game.  We enjoyed our evening and went home not thinking too much about it.  The following week softball night comes again, early games again this week, and off to the same place we go again.  The guys had fun playing the week before and wanted to play again.  We did this back and forth for the remainder of the season with me just sitting, hanging out and watching.  Softball had ended but we had made friends with these people, a group that was once known as RVA Pong.  AJ enjoyed going so we continued going, after many weeks he finally convinced me to just try and play.  I did and lord knows it was rough, ping pong balls EVERYWHERE!  I had no idea how to begin to create a shot.  Couple people started trying to help me figure out what I was most comfortable with and before you know it the balls were actually going in the cups and the cups I aimed for (which we all know is nowhere close to in order).  In the next few months we became closer and closer with this group and began going to more nights for pong than just the one after softball.  Then started the talks of traveling to NJ for East Coast and a thing called Beast of the East, there was a World Series in Vegas.  This was a pretty big thing I had guessed.  Fall of 2012 a hurricane had come through and cancelled East Coast it was being moved to the winter and our now friends had lost a couple teammates due to the reschedule and they wanted AJ and I to attend.  This one guy, Hunter Kelly, even wanted me as his coed partner for this strange version of pong called 3v3….

These talks nowhere near prepared me to walk into the ballroom of Miami Mikes for that first time.

I say that night at the bar started this journey but sometimes I think that moment of walking into that ballroom and weekend started more of a fire and passion for a simple game of putting a ping pong ball in a cup than I ever could imagine.  Everyone convinced me to play girls singles to get a feel for the environment.  I was scared beyond belief hand shaking, palms sweating, drinking as fast as I could to try and cut the nerves.  I had no idea what I was doing there, why had I let these people convince me to do this.  Game 1 begins -  there is no way I am going to be able to do this, I am pretty sure I am going to throw up,  I know this girl sees my hands,  I look like I am being electrocuted as bad as they are shaking,  I am going to miss every ball I throw.  The first throw and it goes in – a minor rumble and a few claps behind me, I turn and there stands a good chunk of my new friends over the past months cheering me on; making sure my nerves don’t get the best of me and that I have fun.  I end up placing 4th in my first tournament that night.  6v6 was the next day which confused me for about the first 2 rounds then caught on.  It was nothing to brag about but the experience will forever remain with me.  That night was this 3v3 thing they had tried to explain… I liked this variation almost immediately – it was fun to have so many people on one table playing.  We finished 3rd – some tall mouthy guy named Fraser ☺ knocked us out at about 3am in the morning to go on to the finals and I believe win that year, but, I had just placed in the money in my first tournament ever!

I thought I had seen it all at that point – the next 3 ½ years are almost a blur – good times, bad times, heartaches, winning my first trip to Vegas, then winning while on my first trip to Vegas, then watching Mark & Hunter win the WS that year, players having to go to emergency room visits, arrests, watching my friends again succeed at EC then again at BotE, fights, screaming, crying, broken hands, bloody noses… the list keeps on.  But one thing I didn’t prepare myself for was the friendships, the bonds, the heartstrings that have become involved.  One little tournament and a year or so later a local group nickname due to my Mother Hen’ness that seems to be a character trait I have carried since I can remember I became Momma or Mama, to not only the VA players but it spread throughout.  A name that when I walked into the Vegas for my first year people knew me before I knew them, a name that I truly cherish!

I keep saying it’s time to move on and each passing tournament I try, then a new tournament pops up.  Then the “well this will be my last one comment is made” then “the next one will be my last one”.  And so goes the vicious cycle so many of us play out in our heads.  But when it comes down to it most of all, regardless of the game… I will miss my friends so I go to that next tournament.  That is what makes this different from a lot of other hobbies out there.  Now don’t get me wrong, making significant money for putting a ball in a cup makes a nice little bonus to all this. But this is a community, a group of ‘grown ups’ (I say that lightly) some with VERY grown up jobs and lives with spouses, children, etc. that meet a few times out of the year under one roof and have one hell of a weekend together.  One of my biggest accomplishments during all of these past years is truly watching the female community grow and being an advocate especially in my state.  I started my first BotE with just taking one team and two of my players were transplant players because VA didn’t have enough girls.  This last year we walked in with 5 female teams.  This year my state is hosting the 2nd running of the first major for females.  (No, Josh didn’t pay me to say that – but he does pay out cash) That is a huge accomplishment and leap from when I first started playing for females.  And although I know many areas are struggling with pong right now hopefully we will see a growth again of new blood.  Remember when you meet that new guy or girl who randomly walked into the bar after a long day at work, stopped for a bite to eat, or just finished up with softball and they start wandering over to see what is going on – be welcoming, teach them the rules, walk them through a game, mentor them, and despite how some of you are on the table I know better how you are off the table so be kind!

And remember its beer pong – anything can happen on the table!

- Vanessa “Momma” Roehm

7/15/2016 - JENNIFER VAIL

My pong story starts off a bit later than most people- I started playing WSOBP at the age of 28. Before giving World Series rules a try I was the typical weekly beer pong player, playing in mostly 6 foot elbow tournaments at small local bars. I’m a seriously competitive person who grew up playing sports from grade school through college, so naturally anything I have a chance to play and win at (even pong) I enjoy. Back in 2009 I went to one bar every week for pong. We had a usual crowd every time but then once in a while a few known World Series players would show up at our bar, and they were considered either “really, really good” or “cheaters” because in WS leaning is allowed. Either way no one wanted them at our tournaments, because they would always win when they showed up!

Eventually I got curious so I started to go to one of their weeklies every once in a while…I would always get knocked out of the tournament early, but I kept going back because I loved playing pong so much and the competitiveness of World Series was completely appealing to me.

I don’t remember why, but in the summer of 2013 I decided to give WS a serious try and went with a couple of friends who were WS players to a Saturday tournament at Miami Mike’s in East Hanover, NJ. I learned pretty fast I was in over my head.

I played Christina Schmitt in the women’s singles. I got destroyed haha. Later on there was a random partner bracket and I got paired up with another prominent player, Chelsie Rex. We didn’t do too well, needless to say she carried me. I may not have had any wins that day, but I met a lot of great people and since that tourney I’ve been hooked.

It’s three years later and nothing has changed. I still attend every WS tourney I can and I haven’t missed any mid-majors on the East Coast since I started playing. I’m not a well known player across the states, but in my region I’m considered to be one of the women guys worry about seeing across the table because they know I’m capable of beating them (and I have to admit my favorite part about competing in WS is beating the top guys). Having the respect of the top men’s players means more to me than winning a women’s title because my ultimate goal is to be seen as an equal, and not a “top female player”.

My most recent pong successes have been placing 4th in the VA Womens 5k tournament this past September and 3rd place in the 6v6 at the East Coast Beer Pong Championships last month. Beast of the East is the next big tournament coming up, and I hope to improve on those accomplishments!

- Jennifer Vail

7/15/2016 - HEATHER LYNN

I started playing beer pong as one of those strict you can’t lean over the table players. Now I find myself here only playing World Series rules with extreme leaning. After playing elbow rules I started playing World Series in October of 2014. My first ever big tournament was East Coast and it was one of the most fun times ever! I ended up winning some money so I figured I would continue.

The next tournament coming up was the World Series in Vegas! I love Vegas so I decided I was going, but I was only going to watch. I was set on not playing in anything at all…. But with the pressure and persuasion of friends, I was talked into playing women’s singles. I was incredibly nervous so many pitchers of beer later I found myself on the final table against Roxanne from California. A female competitor I had heard amazing things about all the way on the other side of the country. I thought the only way I could win this was to take the advice Mike Vit gave me; just start yelling at them in true East Coast fashion. I guess it worked because the next thing I know I’m undefeated and last one standing in the Women’s Singles at The World Series of Beer Pong. It was a really big proud moment for me.

I continue to still play today and got myself on the girls number one team in New Jersey. Beer pong is definitely something I do a lot and enjoy. It’s funny to tell people I play professional beer pong because some don’t understand it and some think it’s the coolest thing ever. I have made so many new friends and now every time I’m in a different state there’s someone I know from the beer pong community. Thanks beer pong!

- Heather Lynn

11/1/2013 - CHELSIE REX

When I tell people that I play professional beer pong the response is often the same; laughter and bewilderment followed by an endless bombardment of questions. The word “professional” usually triggers images of famous athletes or educated doctors while “beer pong” on the other hand is commonly associated with drinking and college parties. In order to see past these seemingly contradictory terms it’s important to understand that beer pong is so much more than just an ordinary drinking game and the players are so much more than alcoholics.

Like most people, I first began playing beer pong at college parties. It wasn’t until the spring of 2012, when a group of friends from the local bar asked me to join their Beast of the East team, that I even learned of the existence of World Series rules. When I agreed to join the team I had absolutely no idea what I was in for. We began holding team practices where I gradually transitioned from tapeline to lean and started becoming accustomed to World Series rules. Upon the arrival of BOE I hesitantly entered the women’s singles for the sole purpose of getting a feel for what the main event was going to be like. I was so nervous that my hands were visibly shaking but with the support of my teammates physically standing behind me I was able to win several games before finally being knocked out by one of the top female pong players who ended up winning the tournament.  The following day I was a little more relaxed and my 3v3 team surprisingly ended up making it all the way to the end, only to lose in finals. Despite finishing at the bottom of the main event BoTE ended up being one of the most amazing things I have ever participated in and it was at this moment that I absolutely fell in love with beer pong.

As a law student people are constantly questioning my decision to continue playing beer pong. I would be lying if I said balancing law school and beer pong has been an easy task but I have never once regretted my decision or the path I have chosen. Beer pong requires practice, skill, dedication, time management and teamwork. I think I speak for the majority of the pong community when I say beer pong is not just a drinking game and we are not just alcoholics. We are students, parents, lawyers, accountants, business owners and more importantly we are family. I have been playing beer pong for a little over a year now and my favorite thing, without a doubt, is definitely the community. I have met the most amazing people from all over the country and absolutely love the fact that I can travel to almost any state knowing that I have friends who reside there. When I first started playing I could barely hit a cup but within the past few months I have served as captain of the teams placing third at ECBPC, second at BoTE, and my proudest moment was definitely winning the CoEd tournament at the Master’s of Beer Pong in Las Vegas with Kessler.

The people that were once my biggest competition on the table have become some of my closest friends off the table. The things I have learned, the experiences I have had and the people I have met are irreplaceable and I have beer pong to thank for that!

- Chelsie Rex

6/29/2012 - ANDRESSA CARTER WAINWRIGHT

My journey into the world of beer pong has been a long and winding road. I was in a dry honors dorm at the University of Maryland, College Park for all four years of my undergraduate education. While I saw plenty of beer cans and vodka bottles littering the hallways each Sunday morning, I wasn’t particularly interested in taking the chance of getting caught drinking underage; I had a scholarship to protect and a law enforcement career as a future aspiration.

In the summer of 2002, almost 10 years ago, I turned 21. Unlike most, I didn’t drink until the night of my 21st birthday. Sixteen shots later, I was confident that alcohol was not for me. Until the next month, and my first house party. There, I discovered the Game. I was horrible at it, but still better than many others there who had been playing far longer. It was a fantastic way to pass the time, and beating boys is something I’ve always taken pleasure in. I got good enough that the better guys asked me to partner up with them at other parties, and I was hooked.

Fast forward to Spring, 2009. I had played pong infrequently, as most of my college crew had scattered across the country. I happened to be in College Park and saw a flyer for a beer pong 2v2 league. I went on to the website searching for a partner, and the infamous Barn Animal agreed to join forces.

While I would prefer to forget that league, I know it led me to where I am today. I was horrible. Literally the worst player there. As I watched Jeff hit almost every cup, I found myself wanting to return his league fees to him. Previously a big fish in house parties, my ego took a massive hit as I had to admit to myself that I was out of my league. Jeff was nice and encouraging, but I knew I’d let him down.

I took a break after that league; but the fire in me never dimmed. So I practiced. Over and over. Annoyed my husband by begging him to shoot with me. Practiced more. I even bought an official table, with official cups and balls. Eventually I went back to MDBP and won a few games. I started to hit the cups I aimed for. And with every good game, whether won or lost, I slowly won the respect of the Maryland Beer Pong community. I also made many new friends who I am thankful to have in my life.

In January, I attended my first World Series of Beer Pong with my husband. While our team record was pretty sub-par, I managed to take 3rd place in the Girls Singles tourney amongst incredible talents such as Christina Schmitt and Beth Goodrich. Then, alongside five of the most chill, awesome and fun girls ever, our team 301 Girls Run This won the inaugural Beast of the East women’s title last month in New Jersey.

These high points in my pong career have only increased my drive and determination to get better, to be known as an elite player, not just as someone who is “good for a girl.” I’m not there yet. But I know I will be. And the other girls who have told their stories here have all helped me realize that my pong goals are not crazy, and that I’m not alone in trying to reach them. If I could tell the guys out there anything, it would be to encourage the new girls you see at pong events; and not just to call you, maybe. One day you might need them to rep your state, or to have your back in a co-ed or doubles final. We’re worth your time.

- Dresa

4/8/2012 - TEDDIE MENDIBLES
Professional beer pong and the World Series of Beer Pong is beyond your expectations. There’s really no way to explain it other then all around amazing!  You never know what’s going to happen, who you’re going to meet and no one is ever how you expect. To be completely honest there were a few guys that I thought would be cocky assholes and they were the exact opposite.  Everyone is so friendly, ready to have a good time and ready to bring home that WIN!  I learned my lesson to not judge people so quickly though because I’m sure from the outside looking in that’s what a lot of people probably think about all beer pong players.  That we’re all a bunch of drunks who only think about partying and drinking.  Yeah that’s fun, who doesn’t want to let loose and have a few drinks, but the other 360 days of the year these “drunks” have jobs and some even have wives and children they support.

Some play for the money, others play for bragging rights but I play to show these guys that the ladies are just as much of a competition on the tables as anyone else.  I’ve been told I am capable of shooting as well as the guys before but I’ve always took it as more of a compliment than a fact. The coed competitions are my personal favorite because it gives the females a chance to prove that they can hang with the guys and hit cups.

Beer pong players have a special bond.  On my team, Ocean Grown Pong, there’s times when we disagree on something or simply argue like brothers and sisters but at the end of the day we’re a team and we’re great friends and that’s what pong is about.. not money (for most), not proving you’re better than anyone (bragging rights are fun though!)  But creating friendships around the world, having fun at satellites and most of all getting together for that week of pure insanity at the World Series of Beer Pong January 1st to the 5th at The Flamingo!

- TEDDIE

4/8/2012 - CHRISTINA SCHMITT
If somebody would have told me four years ago that I would be playing professional beer pong and would be one of the top female players in beer pong, I probably would have laughed in their face! I was out to dinner with one of my friends, when an old co-worker of mine was serving me and asked me if I wanted to play in a coed beer pong tournament that night and seeing as I had nothing to do, I agreed and had such a fun experience.  We ended up going 1 -2 but beer pong to me was seen in a totally different light.  I couldn’t understand how people were leaning more than half way across the table when I was so used to keeping an entire arms length behind it.  I became addicted and wanted to play coed every Tuesday night at a little bar by my house called McZ’s. 34 teams a week and the pots were so high, it was actually fun back then, no drama, no arguments, everyone came out for the fun of it and then everyone started to get sooooo serious!  Don’t get me wrong, I love playing beer pong, but people have started to take it way too seriously, lets just have fun people!  I can say that I love how when you step up to a table, anything goes and people can say whatever they want to distract, but the second that game is over, you are shaking hands, joking and taking shots at the bar together.

One of my favorite things about playing pong is the fact that I can travel across the country and compete for up to $50,000 against the best players in the world, some of which I get to practice with every week.  We look forward to going to Vegas, AC and tourneys like the BOE, not only because we are playing to win a ton of money, but for the friendships that are formed from such long distances.  Some of the most amazing people I have ever met, I have met through traveling to play beer pong.  If I wanted to go back to Vegas, I’m sure Ariel Albright wouldn’t mind letting me crash on her couch, or if I wanted to go visit Danielle Carter, Amanda Potter or Erin DocShambles as well. And last but not least, meeting my best friend, my twin separated at birth, Shelley James.  My pong partner in most majors and a lot of random nightly tournaments, she is part of the reason that I’ve continued playing beer pong for so long.  Competing against her to be one of the top females in the country has been part of my motivation to play as well as proving to the guys out there, that the girls of pong are just as good, if not better.

Beer pong to me is the thrill of standing on the other end of a table, playing two guys who come up thinking, “oh two girls?!  We got this!!” and then destroying them by 6+ cups.  It’s pretty awesome walking into a room and people knowing who you are but at the same time, it’s great when they have no clue who you are and you surprise them by how well you can play.  I have only played in five girls singles tourneys and I’ve finished top 3 in all of them.  There is some serious competition in the girls tournaments and I give credit to where credit is due.  If you wanna be the best, you have to play against the best, and I must say, playing against people like Pop and Basile almost every week, you learn how to play hard and you learn to shoot and compete like the guys.  Anything they can do, we can do better!

- SCHMITT

3/19/2012 - BETH GOODRICH
I first started playing beer pong because my husband plays it, all of my friends were doing it and it was nice to do something every week.  Initially, I was awful at it!  Over the last few years a lot has changed.  Most of the original players we started with are no longer playing and have been replaced with a much younger crowd (nothing makes me feel old these days like going to a beer pong tournament).  That being said, I like most of the current pong community so it’s worked out alright.

Most people who know me and how I play will tell you I very rarely distract (and let’s be honest, I play with PeeWee, so he’s got that job covered).  I play best with my head phones in and the ability to only hear my music.  On occasion I will talk crap or try to distract, but it usually results in me missing more cups.  If I can get into my zone, it’s a good place to be.  One of the things that’s both fascinating and annoying to me is the intensity and testosterone that surrounds this game with winning and losing; something that is more often than not seen with guys.  Guys I saw in the main event who were punching tables and flipping racks or getting in their opponent’s face make me cringe.  Shit talking is one thing; distraction is a huge part of the game; but breaking things and physical fights because you lost are another (ever seen a girl flip a table?  I haven’t).  Honestly, attitude like that makes me not want to play anymore, just because of the sheer stupidity that it shows.  Very rarely do we run a satellite and not have to interfere in some potential fight between two guys.  Yes, I am competitive, and of course I would rather win than lose, but I think it’s important to remember that it’s also just beer pong and it’s supposed to be fun!

One of my biggest issues as a girl in beer pong is the sexism in the sport.  I started out bad at this game, but I got a lot better.  Better to the point that I’ve won satellites, was the #2 seed day two of the WSOBP this year, finished 64th overall, and got 4th in the all girls singles.  I’ll never forget Best of the West last year, when I played a game and made only 3 of the cups with my partner.  Our opponents came up to me afterwards and said “wow, you’re really good”, which although meant as a compliment, made me cringe.  Making 3 cups a game is not a good game for me, but because I am a girl in beer pong, that was considered “good”.  I understand that in general, this is a male dominated sport, but it drives me crazy to be separated in it.  I’m just as good as the boys and don’t think it’s reaching to say I fall within the top 12 in Albuquerque.  I feel like there are still plenty of people who are still reluctant to play with me over a boy who isn’t as good as me, but so it goes, because the stigma is there.  Luckily I have a partner who knows I’m good and trusts me more than some of the guys.  The top co-ed prizes we collect aren’t bad either.

Moral of the story: give girls a chance.  Some of us are probably better than you.

- BETH

3/5/2012 - JUSTINE HUFF
When asked why I play beer pong, my first answer is always because of the amazing community.  I’ve met some of the most outgoing, fun-loving, good-hearted people throughout my time with Arizona Beer Pong.  Knowing that we can travel from state to state and know multiple people everywhere who would be willing to give us a couch to crash on, is truly an indescribable feeling.

Everyone loves pong because of the competition, as do I; however, I also like that no matter what happens after a game or tournament is finished, everyone is friendly: ready to hang out and party as if winning and losing don’t matter!  We all go through the butt-hurt stage after we lose (unless you just know you’re terrible), but shaking it off and having a good time is what it is all about.

Since I started playing beer pong a year ago, my mission was not to win; it was to have fun, and make sure all the people around me were having just as much fun.  Although I have gotten better and can be regarded as one of the top female players in Arizona, my top priority is to have fun with the people that I have come to know as my second family.

Our nightly tournaments and bi-weekly satellites are some of the most fun times I’ve come to have in years.  However, nothing can prepare someone for their first World Series of Beer Pong and although I only attended the WS VI for 2 days and was unable to play, I still had one of best times of my life.  This year, however, I not only stayed for the duration of the event, but played in the main, singles, and coed tournaments.

My partner this year for the main event was Sofia Carrasco aka Nugget!  She is 4 foot 11 and wears a size 2 in kids shoes.  Regardless of her size, she is feisty and holds her own on and off the beer pong table.  My decision to play with her stemmed from the immense fun we have when we play together.  Our team name: We Swim Naked.  Our final record for the series was nothing to write home about, but when people asked how we were doing….our response was “we’re the #1 seed of having fun”.  Knowing this was her first world series, my motto to her was just to have fun.  We took that to heart every game.  Our most eventful game was against Pete Martinez and Evan Serrano of “Dallas 49ers”.  They hit last cup, giving us one shot to go into overtime.  I pulled Sofia aside and told her she is the best clutch female I’ve ever seen and this was her cup to bury.  She proved me right and took the game into its first overtime.  Second overtime they closed us out at 2.  I shot first burying the angled 2 because it is my favorite rack in the game.  Again I told Sofi that this was her cup.  Before she stepped up to the table Evan began putting his jacket on to leave.  But she buried the cup, ran over and ripped his jacket off with both of us yelling “you’re not done yet”.  We ended up losing the game in triple overtime by 1.  We had an amazing time, and plan to make day 3 next year.  Next year, if you hear the chant “We Swim Na-ked”, you will know where it is coming from.

The singles tournament did have the outcome I had hoped.  I ended up getting knocked out by Californias’ own Erika Newcomb by 1 cup.  At that point in the trip, I was glad to be done early and get a good night’s sleep.  Congratulations to all the ladies involved and who placed.  It makes me proud to be a part of such a strong group of competitors.

The coed tournament was the highlight of my trip.  Although the venue was terrible, as many people can attest, I had a blast.  I played with Brandon Marx as team FKFL.  If you’re not sure what that means, you don’t know me.  I had high hopes that Brandon and I would secure the “coed champs” title, especially after defeating some stacked teams, including the champs from last year:  Mark Pimental and Laura Olsen.  After a long exhausting night there, we ended up taking 2nd, losing in the finals to Paul Bashaw and Teddie Mendibles.  The pair of them played so well together, they deserved to win that coed.  But you better believe I’m coming after you two next year, so don’t get too comfortable.

Overall, the trip was exactly what I expected because the people that I have grown to love were involved.  I got to see all my previous friends, and made new ones from across the country.  There really is no community like the one we have. It’s the people that surround you that make the circumstances memorable, not just the winning.

- HUFF