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USA WNT Has a Strong Start in Germany

April 16, 2019, 10 p.m. (ET)

After three practices in France, the U.S. Women’s National team drove three hours across the border to Kandel, Germany for their opening match of this preparation training camp. After eight months since the Pan American Games Qualifier, it was important for the women’s team to reignite their team chemistry on the court.

TSV Kandel is a young team in Germany’s fifth division that has been undefeated this season, and will likely advance to the fourth division next season. TSV Kandel was surprised by the strength and height of the American defense.

USA took an early lead in the match and controlled the first half very easily finishing with a lead of 18-9. Coach Christian Latulippe expected a strong lead for his team, and this provided him an opportunity to give some valuable playing time to less experienced players. Two athletes made their debut for the US National Team against TSV Kandel, Abby Brittain and Candace Stewart.

Abby Brittain, a former USA Taekwondo athlete that competed at the ITF World Championships in 2016 decided while attending Auburn University that she needed a new challenge on a new playing field. She always preferred tag team sparring in Taekwondo because she craved the responsibility to lead the team to victory. Recently, Abby has begun training at Auburn University with other members of the US Women’s National Team, and mentioned how she has been fond of handball after seeing it for the first time in 2008 and had been looking to play the sport since then. “This European training camp has given me the opportunity to evaluate myself and my progress these last five months, and while playing in my first handball match with the national team, I was overwhelmed with pride to compete for my country once again,” said Abby Brittain.

Candace Stewart, a graduate of The United States Military Academy West Point and former Striker on the West Point Women’s Division 1 soccer team was looking for a new challenge in sport after graduating. After trying out for the US Women’s National Team, Candace relocated to Kandel, Germany and has been training with the club for the past five weeks. Familiar with competing and training at a high level, Stewart is learning quickly and by the help of her teammates. “Getting to see our captain, Sarah Gascon move in the pivot position helps me understand what I need to do and what the standard is for me to attain,” said Stewart. In her minutes on the court, the crowd cheered for Candace when she drew a penalty.

USA finished out the match with a final score of 31-22 and goal keeper Bryana Newbern had a standout game with 17 saves.

USA Scoring

Nicole Anderson, 7

Julia Sayer, 6

Ashley Butler, 5

Jence Rhoads, 3

Maria Vallone, 3

Sarah Gascon, 3

Julia Taylor, 2

Sif Skov Christensen, 1

Elizabeth Hartnett, 1

 

TSV Kandel hosted the WNT with a potluck dinner where the players discovered local specialities such as Chocolate Kisses (Schokoküsse). USA will play Yutz Handball tomorrow night (France N1), and Luxembourg National Team on Friday, April 19th, 2019 and Saturday, April 20th, 2019.