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Q&A with Shea Groom and Kelley Monogue

June 04, 2013
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Courtesy: Texas A&M Athletics
(photo: Texas A&M Athletics)

Rising Texas A&M juniors Shea Groom and Kelley Monogue each recently attended camps run by national teams in an opportunity to showcase their talents.

Groom was one of 24 players, including 22 current collegiate players, who attended a week-long U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Camp at the Olympic Training Center Chula Vista, California.

Monogue was one of 18 players who attended the Canada Women’s National Team EXCELeration program in Morgantown, West Virginia. The program was created to bridge the gap from the U-20 level program to the senior team program.

SHEA GROOM

Q:  What did the camp entail?
A: The camp was a week long. We trained twice a day almost every day and played two games. The camp was very technically oriented as we played in very tight spaces and worked on playing the ball quick and frequently.

Q: How prepared did your work with the A&M coaching staff make you for the event?
A: I felt very prepared for this camp. All of the coaches worked very hard with me this spring and really helped me take my game to a new level. After the injury, my coaches promised me they would do all they could to help me reach my goals and full potential. They pushed me every day in the spring and we couldn't be more excited about the future.  Phil worked with me a lot on my mental game and my attitude upon going to the camp. He told me to enjoy the experience and play like I belong, because I do. G, Phil, and Lori have all done so much for me and really helped me prepare for this camp.

Q:  How was your interaction with the other players at the camp and how was the competitive spirit at the camp?
A: When you get to that level it becomes so competitive. All of the girls are the cream of the crop and are the best at all of their elite universities. It is such a competitive, but fun environment. Every day you get to train with the best players in the country and at the end of the week you come out a better player. I was fortunate enough to know most of the girls, and it was fun to get the chance to play with some who have won World Cups and have had the honor of playing for USA on a big time stage. It's great to play with girls who will push you every day, while also bringing out the best in you.

Q: What are your thoughts on the potential opportunity to represent the US in future competitions?
A: It's what every girl dreams of from the time they put on cleats for the first time. I have been fortunate enough to have worn the crest before, but I hope to get the chance to wear it at the highest level. I'm sure there is no greater honor than representing your country, but I don't want to just "wear" the jersey, I want to play in the jersey and be great in it.

KELLEY MONOGUE

Q: What did the camp entail?
A: The camp was with 18 players ages 17-23 that are making the transition from the U-20 team to the senior team. We got an idea of what they were looking for in players and how they wanted to play. 

Q: How did the invitation come about?
A: My dad was born in Hamilton, Ontario so I got a dual citizenship and the coaches at A&M contacted the Canadian coaches to tell them I was interested in playing for them if they were interested. 

Q: How prepared did your work with the A&M coaching staff make you for the event?
A: They prepared me a lot with the workouts and playing at a high level. All coaching is going to be different though, so it was still a learning experience and an opportunity to make myself better on the field.

Q: How was your interaction with the other players at the camp and how was the competitive spirit at the camp?
A:
The girls were extremely welcoming and everyone there is striving to be the best. The international level is even more competitive, but being at a competitive school it made the transition a little easier.

Q: What are your thoughts on the potential opportunity to represent the US in future competitions?
A: I still have things to work on, so I am going to continue to work at those skills and in the future my hopes are to get an opportunity to play on the senior squad.

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