Indoor US Women’s National Team Departs for FIH World Cup; Half of the Players from Phila-Area
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Today, the Indoor US Women’s National Team and Head Coach Jun Kentwell departed for Berlin, Germany to play in the FIH Women’s Indoor Hockey World Cup — for the first time in program history. Team USA secured the tournament berth following an undefeated performance and gold-medal finish at the Women’s Indoor Pan American Cup (IPAC) in Guyana last month. The FIH Women’s Indoor Hockey World Cup is held every four years.
Corinne Zanolli (left) earned American West All-Conference and Rookie of the Year honors this fall.
Half of the athletes on the twelve-woman roster hail from the Philadelphia area including: Ali Campbell (Gilbertsville/Boyertown Area ’09/Maryland ’13), Sam Carlino (Kennett Square/Unionville HS ’12/UMass ’16), Sarah Johnson (Lincoln University/Oxford Area ’17/Stanford ’21), Annie McDonough (Kennett Square/Unionville ’18/Virginia ’22), Sammy Popper (Fort Washington/Germantown Academy ’19/Princeton commit) and Corinne Zanolli (Newtown Square/Episcopal ’17/Stanford ’21). Katie Gerzabeck (Notre Dame ’11/Maryland ’15/ Temple asst. coach) will also be traveling as an alternate. Jun Kentwell, Director of Coaching for WC Eagles FHC, serves as Head Coach of the Indoor USWNT. The squad selection came after months of assessment at practice sessions and games.
Sammy Popper, a high school junior, is the youngest player on Team USA’s 12-woman roster.
Team USA, ranked #20, will be one of 12 teams competing at the FIH Women’s Indoor Hockey World Cup at the Max-Schmeling-Halle stadium in central Berlin, in front of a sold-out audiences of 12,000 fans every game. Pool play is scheduled for February 7, against Belarus (#5) at 4:25 a.m. ET and Poland (#4) at 10:00 a.m. ET. On February 8, Team USA will face Kazakhstan (#12) at 4:10 a.m. ET and Switzerland (#19) at 10:15 a.m. ET. The team’s final pool game is on February 9 against The Netherlands (#1) at 7:00 a.m. The Quarterfinals will be held on February 10 with the Finals taking place on February 11.
Click here for the full women’s Indoor Hockey World Cup schedule.
Both the men’s and Women’s Indoor World Cups will be available to view on the FIH YouTube Channel, free of charge, although it is unconfirmed if all games will be broadcast.