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Women's Junior National Team Roster Announcement

by USA Team Handball

(Ohio State's Ariane Clerc, looks to score at the National Team tryout earlier this month)

The 16 athletes (and 4 alternates) that will represent the U.S. at the North American & Caribbean Handball Confederation Jr Women's Handball Championships have been selected.

USA Jr Women's National Team Roster

Name  Position Club or Residence
Moa Bengtsson Left Wing Karra HF (SWE)
Vanessa Binderis Left Wing Huddinge Handboll Klubb (SWE)
Ariane Clerc Center Back Ohio State University
Isabella Da Cruz Right Back JDA Dijon Handball (FRA)
Lovisa Dobreff Left Back IK Bolton (SWE)
Hanna Faulkner Pivot Team Handball Academy
Marissa Faulkner Pivot Team Handball Academy
Rebecca Gonzalez    Goalkeeper University of North Carolina
Viva Kreis Left Wing Belle Vernon, Pennsylvania
Daisy Licea  Left Back Tigres UANL (MEX)
Julia Malysz Goalkeeper Chicago Inter
Gabrielle Martin Left Back Celtique Club Montreal (CAN)
Eden Nesper Right Back TV Hannover-Badenstedt (GER)
Hannah Perkins Left Wing University of North Carolina
Emma Ready Center Back  Vikhammer HK (NOR)
Julia Rienhardt Center Back HSG Winzingen/Wissgoldingen/Donzdorf (GER) 
 
Alternates    
Name Position Club or Residence
Christine Lizas          Goalkeeper University of North Carolina
Ellie Macksood  Left Wing       University of Wisconsin
Hailey Patterson Left Back University of North Carolina                                   
Amanda Sumalla Left Wing Miami, Florida

The selection committee consisted of Jr Women's National Team Coach, Craig Rot, Sr Women's National Team Coach, Edina Borsos, Athlete's Advisory Council (AAC) Representatives Drew Donlin and Michael King and High Performance Manager, Krista Austin.

The roster is a mix of promising newcomers and veterans including four athletes (Moa Bengtsson, Gabriel Martin, Eden Nesper and Emma Ready) that were on the Sr Women's National Team that participated in last summer's NACHC Sr Women's Championship.

The team will arrive in Mexico City on 29 March for a pre-training camp and the Championship will be from 3-8 April.  The U.S., Mexico, Canada and Puerto Rico will participate in the tournament and the top two teams will qualify for the 2022 IHF Jr Women's World Championships in Slovenia from 22 June to 3 July.

Coach Craig Rot: “After the unfortunate cancellation of the 2020 world championships for youth and junior women, it is exciting to see the team we have been able to bring together, with many experienced players and some exciting new talent, and I look forward to helping them achieve great things in Mexico City in April.”

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