The Nebraska Wesleyan women’s basketball team began preparation for their 10-day overseas trip to Estonia. The Prairie Wolves leave for Estonia on Wednesday, Aug. 15 and return home on Saturday the 25th. The team reported on Aug. 5th and conducted their first practice on Aug. 6th.
While in Estonia the Prairie Wolves will play three games against club teams. They play Tallinn University Sports Club on Aug. 20, take on Team Eclex (Tallinn) on Aug. 21 and close the trip against Tartu University on Aug. 24. In addition to the three games and several practices the Prairie Wolves will gain in Estonia, NWU also will have 10 practice dates before leaving.
NCAA allows schools to take team trips overseas once every three years. Last season the Nebraska Wesleyan men took a trip to Estonia.
A total of 17 players will be making the trip to Estonia. Players that are traveling will be: Seniors – Mallory Shanahan (Wahoo, Neb.), Denae Martin (Murray, Neb.), Janelle Baal (Littleton, Colo.) and Carolina Alves (Belo Horizonte, Brazil); Juniors – Emily Leines (Lone Tree, Colo.) and Alex Wilson (Erie, Colo.); Sophomores – Morgan Duren (Columbus, Neb.), Stacy Beller (Lindsay, Neb.), Sadie Hunt (Anselmo, Neb.), Payton Everett (Malcolm, Neb.), Brooke Podtuburg (Johnstown, Colo.), Emma Neal (Littleton, Colo.), Sidney Focht (Beaver Crossing, Neb.), Kaitlyn Schleif (Osceola, Neb.), Tessa Kurtenbach (Lindsay, Neb.) and Makayla Hunt (Sutherland, Neb.); Freshman – Alyssa Stanek (Ceresco, Neb.).
Estonia is a state in the Baltic Region of Northern Europe and used to be part of the USSR. It is bordered on the north by the Gulf of Finland, to the west of the Baltic Sea, to the south by Latvia an to the east by the Russian Federation. Tallinn is the capital city of Estonia.
Nebraska Wesleyan has had several students from Estonia as they currently have a student exchange program with Tartu University.