Ros Casares will start the New Year a long way from home as they head to Slovakia to face Delta Kosice on Tuesday evening with their sights set on a first away win.
Israel Sanchis’ team will have to push the next weekend’s Queen’s Cup in Valencia out of their minds for the game, although they will return to Valencia directly after the EuroLeague game to continue preparations.
This game will also be a test of the players’ fitness after the Christmas break – the team has only been able to hold four training sessions before travelling to Slovakia.
|Amaya Valdemoro in action at home against Kosice|
Nevertheless, the availability of the full squad will be an advantage and it is a great relief to Sanchis that he can finally use all his players. This situation means he now actually has to decide which two foreigners will suit up for the upcoming Queen’s Cup tournament.
Ros Casares still have to prove their superiority in Kosice, however, and need to play as well as they did on their home court in November when they came away with their first European win this season, beating Delta 63-57. A win on Tuesday could push the Spanish side into joint second place with MiZo-Pécsi VSK and Dynamo Moscow, both of which are sitting on five wins.
For their part, Kosice come into this came with only one win from the first round of games and have a very tough job head of them if they want to qualify for the Eighth-Finals. Furthermore, the Slovak club will have to do without Jana Kovarikova who announced last week that she was leaving the club after a dispute over playing time.
Gwen Slaughter and Jennifer Smith remain as the only foreigners in Kosice – the team is playing in the EuroLeague for the first time this season and has one of the youngest rosters of the competition.