Hartvich Selected to Play on Denmark National Team
July 8, 2014
By Jason Clay
By Jason Clay
FRESNO, Calif. - Fresno State guard Natascha Hartvich, a native of Rungsted Kyst, Denmark, has been selected to play on her nation's senior national team.
Hartvich, who will be entering her sophomore year on the Bulldog women's basketball team this coming 2014-15 season, was recently selected as a member of the Danish National Team after a strong showing at the training camp.
As the youngest member of the team, Hartvich was invited three days before the start of training camp when all other members of the team had five weeks' notice.
"I honestly just took it as practice since I am absolutely the youngest on the team," Hartvich said of her opportunity to make the team. "As I got into the training camp and had been testing best on the two tests we had had, I started to get more and more competitive. I did not really have expectations, but I told myself that if I worked as hard as I possibly could and left everything I had on the floor then it was up to the coaches to decide whether or not I had the level to play on the national team."
Playing under head coach Hrannar Holm, Hartvich is joined on the team by fellow Division I players Emilie Hesseldal and Gritt Ryder of Colorado State, Mathilde Gilling of Washington, Rikke Fabricus of Central Michigan and Ida Krogh of Sienna.
Training camp lasted for nine days and Hartvich will be traveling with her team to play two games in Iceland on July 9-10.
GoBulldogs.com caught up with Hartvich at the conclusion of her training camp for this Q&A session talking about making the national team, her summer and goals both representing her country and playing for the Bulldogs.
Q: What does making the Denmark National team mean to you?
Q: How does basketball in Denmark compare to that in the United States?
A: "It's different. In general it's a little slower, less 1-on-1 and more playing together as a team. It's not as fast as we played last year and we won't shoot as fast as we did sometimes last year. We play less systems and more of a read and react system. Defense is super aggressive man-to-man defense, which I personally love."
Q: What have you been up to this summer when not in training camp with your national team?
Q: What are your goals playing for your national team and what are your goals at Fresno State?
"My goals with Fresno State is to keep the legacy going. We have been through unexpected things this spring, but we cannot let that us effect us in any negative way. We have a legacy to build on and our Bulldog pride. My goals are to make the team stronger every day, push people out of their comfort zone in practice so we are prepared for games, and then keeping winning. We are not just winning for ourselves, but we are building on a legacy they started years back before I even played basketball - and there is no space for ruin that legacy."
Q: After your freshman season last year, what parts of your game would you like to improve upon?
Q: When in California, what do you like most about Fresno State?
Q: What do you miss most about home in Denmark when you are in the United States?
"Be Bold" - ESPN2 790 AM is the home of the Fresno State women's basketball team.