62nd USHA National Collegiates (Told in pictures)

The 2014 United States Handball Association Collegiates was held at North Carolina State University from Tuesday, February 18 to Sunday, February 23. The CAL Handball team represented Berkeley with 5 players. This is the trip told in pictures.

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The trip started at SFO Tuesday morning, 2/18:

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Layover in Charlotte, NC

Arrived in Raleigh, NC at 9 PM Eastern Standard Time. When we got off the airplane, everyone there had Southern accents.

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We made it!

Checked into the hotel and noticed this in the elevator:

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The elevator was henceforth called “The Cherie Berry Elevator”

Wednesday, 2/19:

Since none of us had games until later that night, we went to the North Carolina Museum of Natural Science in downtown Raleigh.

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The giant globe photobombed Skyler


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We explored the depths of the sea
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Knowledge
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Whale skeleton

I started in the Division I Open-A drop downs at 8 PM that night. Lost and dropped down into A’s.

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Thursday, 2/20:

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NCU Gym

I watched Yeena’s first game at 8 AM with Steve.

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Yeena and I played the Women’s A Doubles.

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I had my Single later that night.

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CAL victory over Texas

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The team went to a restaurant/sports bar for a late dinner.

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So excited that Fresh Prince was on that night

Friday, 2/21:

More games! What else?

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We sold some CAL Handball shirts at the tournament desk, too.

That night, we had a team social to see Frozen.

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 Saturday, 2/22:

Off day for me. Took this day to rest. Later that night, we had the handball banquet.

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We ready

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CAL Handball team

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After the banquet, the guys hung out around town and Steve, Yeena, and I went bowling.

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“The Alley”

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Steve “Strike” Chen
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We played 3 games
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Keeping score

After bowling, we went to a 24-hour IHOP.

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Back at the hotel, I ended the night with The Sandlot. So good.

Sunday, 2/23:

Last day in North Carolina. Got breakfast, then headed for the airport to get back to the Best Coast.

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Spent the morning at the airport

On the flight to San Francisco, I ended the trip in the most perfect way possible: by finally passing 100 on Flappy Bird.

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If you’re on the CAL Handball team, you know you are never safe when you fall asleep. Last year, Yeena fell victim to this. This year, guess who did? YEENA. Again. Although to be fair, it was because we shared a hotel room.

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Good night
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Sleep tight
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Don’t let the bedbugs
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bite

The boys’ room actually had bedbugs though, so they were moved to a different room during the week.

Overall, it was a great tournament. I enjoyed North Carolina while I was there and it was nice to have a break from school. It took me a few days to get adjusted to west coast time again. I went to bed before midnight and woke up at 5 AM for the next couple days. Did a lot of catching up on reading afterwards. Next year, Collegiates will be in Portland, Oregon. I am already looking forward to it!

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