Women Junior National Team Takes Third at Partille Cup

July 12, 2013, 10:28 a.m. (ET)
If the Partille Cup is any indicator, the future of the Women's National Team appears bright.

Following their bronze medal finish at the International Handball Federation (IHF) Trophy Cup in Mexico, the Women Junior National Team (WJNT) put on a historic performance at the 2013 Partille Cup. After storming through group play (4-1 record), the WJNT advanced to the semifinal round before eventually settling for third place.

Led by coach Julio Sainz, the team not only dominated national teams but also well established clubs such as IK Savehof. The victory over IKF Savehof generated commotion and confidence that carried them to the team's semifinal match against eventual tournament champion, IK Onnereds.

"The team executed all tactical ideas to perfection and demonstrated a great level of maturity while dealing with the pressure of the tournament," said Coach Sainz. "Anja Borg and Sophie Fasold led the team with their experience in the court; however, it was the team's collective effort that made the difference."

The WJNT left the Partille Cup with a 5-2 record. They scored 105 goals while only allowing 78 goals.

2014 hopes to be a busy year for the WJNT. Sainz already has his eyes set on the Pan Am Championships set to take place next March. He is also hopeful of taking a strong squad to the Junior World Cup.