Nationals Preview – U17 Girls Royal, Alex Klema

Arsenal CO:

Tell us a little bit about your Arsenal experience.

Alex:

I started playing U12 on the red team then I moved up to white and eventually to Royal. I always felt welcome on my Arsenal team although I was from Windsor, except when they would make fun of our high school program that is actually pretty kick-ass today.

Arsenal CO:

What are some of your favorite memories?

Alex:

Punching the watermelon, staying in hotels with the team, when the bird pooped on shortstop, playing truth or dare, car rides in Canada

Arsenal CO:

What was it like playing six games in five days with two going into overtime to win the Region IV Presdients Cup tournament?  

Alex:

Any time you put your body through such a demanding experience, you definitely feel it. All of us were sore. Although we were lacking subs we showed we had enough heart to not focus on the physical pain we were feeling but to focus on the victory that we were so close to. It shows we were the team with the best endurance by winning two games in overtime.

Arsenal CO:

As team head captain, how do you or did you help prepare your team to win Regionals? Do you have any rituals that help bring you good luck? For example, do you put your helmet on exactly the same way every time?

Alex:

Well, as team head captain, I knew the other players on the team look to me for leadership. I always try to bring a relaxed and fun feeling to every game, yet when we get going I give my all and become intense. Warm-ups have to be taken seriously or we will not start strong. I believe in three of our six games we scored in the first ten minutes; our opponents then didn’t stand a chance. We have a strong front line to get goals, and a strong back line to stop goals, the two ingredients needed to win. Also, after we win big games we do this kitty-lion thing…it’s pretty weird.

Arsenal CO:

This U17 Royal team has something special.  What or how do you think (what does your team or coach do) that gets you all playing as a team so well? For example, you guys have an amazing passing game. You could talk about team unity, all the team bonding things you do or did in the past few years…..give examples because I know you have done some silly things.

Alex:

When a player makes a Royal team she is being told she isn’t the best. The Gold team is the best. This feeling can linger in the minds or players and coaches. There are two ways a player can take that. She can say, “Everyone is right. I’m not as good and never will be.” If you do that you will just coast, missing opportunities to become the best player you can be. The other choice is to say, “I just need to work a little harder on this.” Then you can improve on what you are lacking and battle your hardest at every opportunity you get. This last year the spark was lit for this team where we realized that we are all great players, no matter which team we are on. During high school these girls battled girls from other teams and often came out on top. Cassie Florentin (Shortstop) was voted Fossil Ridge’s MVP. This Arsenal Royal team has the drive and heart necessary to be a successful team and we have shown that. There is a closeness on this team I have never experienced anywhere else. We all know we can trust each other with anything.  We care immensely about each other and it shows on the field.  Players don’t win games, teams do, and that is what makes us special.  We have that unity, and we compete for each other.  Our coach Adam believes in us and told us the potential we possessed.  He knew we had so much to offer and through challenging trainings and hard work he has gotten that out of us.

Arsenal CO:

In just 20 days you’re heading to the Presidents Cup National Tournament in Sacramento, CA. What do you most look forward to? What have you and the team been doing to prepare for Nationals?

Alex:

To prepare for Nationals we are just going to continue to do our thing. We will train just as hard and continue to push one another. We know we can be national champions if we show up to play our game. We can’t take this lightly. We just have to be ready to go.

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