U.S. Women’s Indoor Team announces upcoming series with Canada
Indoor head coach Denise Zelenak will name roster after July 20 training weekend
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – July 11, 2013 – The U.S. Women’s Indoor Field Hockey Team has announced the U.S. Women’s Indoor Team will compete in a series of three test matches against Canada at the Sportsplex in Feasterville, Pa. next month. The teams will play matches at 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 3 and play the final match on Sunday, August 4 at 10:00 a.m.
“It is with great pleasure that I look forward to welcoming our friends from up North, to re-establish this great friendship and work together to develop and strengthen our Men’s and Women’s Indoor programs,” said Nigel Traverso, Manager of the U.S. Indoor Teams.
The selection process for the test series began earlier this year at open try-outs on March 10 in Pottstown, Pa. and will be completed after the current training schedule concludes the weekend of July 20.
“We have a talented and internationally experienced pool of athletes and I am excited to see how they compete at the final selection weekend,” said U.S. Women’s Indoor head coach Denise Zelenak. “This test series with Canada is an important step in our goal to win the 2014 Pan Ams.”
At the conclusion of the series with Canada, Zelenak will announce the squad, which will travel to Leipzig, Germany in January 2014. That tour may prove to be the final preparation for the next Pan American Indoor Cup, which serves as a qualifier for the Indoor World Cup.
“We have set our sights high and to that end we have planned a tour to Leipzig, which is the location of the Indoor World Cup scheduled for February 3-8, 2015,” said Zelenak.
The U.S. women earned silver at the 2008 (San Juan, Argentina) and 2005 (Kitchener, Canada) Pan American Indoor Championships. In the five tournaments since the inception of the Indoor Pan Am competitions, Argentina has taken gold twice while three other countries earned gold once.
The August series with Canada is sponsored in part by the Mystx Field Hockey club.
Admission to all matches is free. A player clinic is planned for Saturday afternoon, August 3, between matches.