USA Men host Trinidad and Tobago
COLORADO SPRINGS, CO. – The USA Men’s National Team will host Trinidad and Tobago in Moorpark, California, June 15-19. The four match test series will be preparation for two upcoming key international competitions: Champions Challenge II tournament in Lille, France and the Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico.
The upcoming series not only helps the Americans prepare for Champions Challenge II, but will also provide the USA Men’s Team with a chance to compete against one of their Pan Am rivals. Led by one of the world’s leading players Kwan Browne, Trinidad and Tobago enables the USA to gain valuable international experience in a crucial preparation phase.
On Sunday, June 12, the following twenty-one athletes were selected to compete in the Trinidad and Tobago series: Kevin Barber (Camarillo, CA), Pat Cota (Camarillo, CA), Ajai Dhadwal (Agoura Hills, CA), Michiel Dijxhoorn (Tampa, FL), Jon Ginolfi (Moorpark, CA), Pat Harris (Moorpark, CA), Sean Harris (Moorpark, CA), Will Holt (Camarillo, CA), Ranveer Kundi (Glendura, CA), Christian Linney (San Diego, CA), Steve Mann (New York, NY), Jarred Martin (Saratoga Springs, NY), Shawn Nakamura (Camarillo, CA), Moritz Runzi (Boston, MA), Ian Scally (Thousand Oaks, CA), Rob Schilling (Long Beach, CA), Elliott Seleska (Las Vegas, NV), Tom Sheridan (New York, NY), Tyler Sundeen (Simi Valley, CA), Liam Walsh (Rockport, WA), Andrew Zayac (Columbia, MD)
Dijxhoorn and Zayac, who were both recently added to the Senior National Team after standout performances at the 2011 California Cup, will compete in their first series with the Men’s National Team. Diijxhoorn and Zayac will play alongside long-standing National Team members Ginolfi, Pat Harris, Scally, Martin and Cota. All five men have been assets to program, making over seventy career appearances for USA.
Training will continue following the conclusion of the Trinidad and Tobago series before departing to Lille, France for Champions Challenge II set to be held July 2-10. Eighteen athletes will be selected to the traveling Champions Challenge II team on Friday, June 17. USA, who will be looking for a top four finish, can anticipate stiff competition particularly from the strong programs of China, France and Ireland.
“It is enormously beneficial to have qualified for the Champions Challenge II competition, as it provides our team with another opportunity to compete against excellent non-continental opposition from Europe and Asia,” said Conway. “This will be a great preparatory event for the Pan American Games, our most important tournament in 2011. Our team is building in quality, confidence and experience and are poised for a positive push towards the top 16 in the world.”
The schedule for the four game series against Trinidad and Tobago is as follows, with all times listed in local PST. All matches will be held on the campus of Moorpark College. Admittance is free and open to the public.
- Wednesday, June 15 @ 6pm
- Thursday, June 16 @ 6pm
- Saturday, June 18 @ 10:30am
- Sunday, June 19 @ 8:30am
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