June 28, 2013
EVANSTON, Ill. -
Northwestern rising senior Nikki Parsley (Milford, Del./Milford) has been named to the 18-member United States team that will compete at the Junior World Cup in Monchengladbach, Germany, July 27-August 4.
Parsley had helped the United States earn a spot in the tournament by competing on the Team USA squad that finished third at the Junior Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico last fall.
"I am so happy for Nikki that she will represent the U.S. in the Junior World Cup," said Northwestern head coach Tracey Fuchs. "It is an amazing experience and a very prestigious tournament. She has worked tremendously hard and this is a great honor."
Additionally, Fuchs will serve as an assistant coach for the team.
Held every four years, the Junior World Cup represents the top international event for elite field hockey athletes under the age of 21.
The selection process for the Junior World Cup team spanned over four events, including the Women's National Championship, U-21 Women's National Championship, Futures Elite Championship and National Futures Championship. From the four events, 34 players were selected to attend Junior National Camp. The final squad was trimmed to 18 players plus three replacement athletes.
The Junior World Cup features 16 teams split into four pools of four teams each. Following pool play, teams will either move into a placement round for the bottom eight finishers or advance to the quarterfinal, semi-final and final round.
The U.S. has been placed in Pool A, featuring the Netherlands, Korea and Ghana. Pool B includes Argentina, China, South Africa and Canada. Pool C is made up of New Zealand, Australia, India and Russia and Pool D features England, Germany, Belgium and Spain.
The U.S. will open pool play at the Junior World Cup against Korea on Saturday, July 27, followed by the Netherlands on July 28. The U.S. will close out pool play against Ghana on July 30. The quarterfinals will be played on Thursday, August 1, the semi-finals on August 2 and the gold and bronze medal match on August 4.
The U.S. finished eighth at the last Junior World Cup, held at Harvard University in Boston, Mass., in August 2009.
For more on the selections, visit the USA Field Hockey website.
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