U.S. Women’s National Indoor Squad to Compete in Argentina Series
A squad comprised of Senior and Junior U.S. National Women’s Indoor athletes will travel to Buenos Aires, Argentina to compete in a series of friendlies against competitors from Argentina, Argentina U19 and Uruguay, March 21_28.
Seniors Wesley Drew (Williamsburg, Va.), Meredith Long (Ocean City, N.J.) and Maria Keesling (Downingtown, Pa.) were on the Senior Squad that won the 2013 ArminenTurnier RohrMax Cup in Perchtolsdorf Austria held in January. Nine of the 12 squad members have competed for the U.S. Indoor program internationally.
“Given the success of our recent Senior and Junior European tours I am excited to see how this combined team performs versus the South American style of play,” said Denise Zelenak, U.S. Women's Indoor Field Hockey Team head coach and Drexel University head field hockey coach.“This series presents a unique opportunity for the team to compete against those athletes and teams we expect to see at the 2014 Indoor Pan American Cup and also the 2013 Junior Indoor Pan American Cup. It is a critical step for our squad in the journey towards the ultimate goal of the 2015 Indoor World Cup.”
Over the past 20 months, the women’s indoor program has grown to include over 70 athletes at the developmental, junior and senior levels. Training sessions take place year round and these tours will help the members of the U.S. program to achieve their goal of becoming competitive at the highest levels of indoor field hockey.
The following athletes have been selected to the U.S. Indoor Women’s Argentina Travel Squad: Hannah Balleza (Severna Park, Md.); Marisa Balleza (Severna Park, Md.); Carolyn Cabrey (North Wales, Pa.); Maeve Doherty (Millersville, Md.); Drew; Audra Hampsch (Hopedale, Mass.); Keesling ; Long; Erin Matson (Landenberg, Pa.); Jessica McCarthy (Havertown, Pa.); Margaux Paolino (Villanova, Pa.); Mallory Weisen (Lock Haven, Pa.)