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The team prior to leaving Cenard facilities

Buenos Aires, Argentina, September 1, 2012 - This Saturday, the U 23 Women Argentine Team, in charge of representing the country in the first historical edition of this grass-root Pan-American Cup to be held September 3rd - 8th in Lima, Peru left Argentina after concentrating at Cenard facilities during several weeks.

The 12 players roster includes: Antonela Curatola, Graciela Allende, Lucía Fresco, Tanya Acosta, Natalia Aispurúa, Micaela Tassara, Florencia Giorgi, Sofía Bulgarella, Antonela Fortuna, Morena Martínez, Sol Calvete and Jazmín Molli.

Among the players will be absent Josefina Fernández, due to a fracture in one of his hands while Mariángeles Cossar is working with her team, Boca Juniors at the South American Clubs competition.

Argentina will face a competition with a very demanding first round in Pool A facing Cuba, Brazil and Colombia. "It will be a very hard but outstanding experience for the girls towards the South American Juniors' Championship. We face a very hard pool but we trained very good and now it will be the time to test the output of the girls" said the coach Horacio Bastit.

On the other Pool, B stand the host team of Peru, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic and Canada. The best three of each pool will qualify for the next phase with the leader of each pool qualifying directly for Semi-Finals while the second and third ranked teams fighting for the other two semi-final berths.

The competition will take place at Coliseo Miguel Grau del Callao, outside Lima with the first round taking place between Monday, 3rd and Wednesday 5th. Second and third ranked teams will play quarter-finals on Thursday 6th while semi-finals will be on Friday, 7th and final matches on Saturday, 8th.

(Photos - U 23 Women Pan-American Cup)
(Norceca Official Website - U 23 Pan-American Cup in Peru)