|01 May 2013|
EUROBASKET WOMEN 2013
|Good news on the guard positions: Veronika Bortelova returns for the Czechs|
Two years and one baby after she last wore a Czech national team dress Veronika Bortelova is set to return to her country's squad for the EuroBasket Women 2013.
The 35-year-old play-maker, who took time off basketball to give birth to her first child in 2012, is among Lubor Blazek's 17-player wider nomination, announced on Tuesday.
The play-callers' list comprises of a mixture of experience and youth, including four rookies - 19-year old Tereza Vyoralova of VŠ Prague and Petra Záplatova, Kateřina Hindrákova and Michaela Stara.
Bortelova is one of only six "survivors" from the team who won the silver medal at the FIBA World Championship in 2010 on home soil - the Czechs' last podium finish in a major competition.
She is expected to provide the mental leadership so much needed for Blazek's team after the confirmed absences of the experienced duo of point guard Hana Horakova and sharp shooter Eva Viteckova.
"Every squad need a leader on the court; the one that will fly the flag so to speak," commented Blazek his decision to recall Bortelova.
The Czechs will commence their preparations for the Championship on 6 May.
The list of nominated players:
Guards: Veronika Bortelová (DSK Basketball), Kateřina Bartoňová (Cadi la Seu), Lenka Bartáková (VŠ Prague), Petra Záplatová (Trutnov)
Forwards: Kateřina Elhotová, Michaela Zrustová (both ZVVZ USK Prague), Kateřina Křížová (Strakonice), Tereza Pecková, Romana Hejdová (both IMOS Brno), Jana Veselá (Antakya), Kateřina Hindráková (Trutnov), Michaela Stará (Hradec Králové), Tereza Vyoralová (VŠ Prague)
Centers: Ilona Burgrová (ZVVZ USK Prague), Petra Kulichová (Good Angels Košice), Alena Hanušová (IMOS Brno), Kamila Štěpánová (Basket Landes)