“Right now it’s kind of a transition period,” Colpitts said. “Once you’re too old for U-20 but not quite ready for the senior team level, it’s kind of an in-between period. I’ve just got to keep training and whenever I get my opportunity to be called up to camp make sure I’m ready.”
If and when she does get the call, her experience on the grand stage won’t be completely new. She has participated in various training camps, comprised of 20 to 25 players, with the senior team.
“I’ve been to five senior team camps, so I know what to expect when hopefully that opportunity comes again.”
For now, Colpitts isn’t sitting around waiting for the phone to ring. A biology major at Tech, she is halfway through her junior season with the Hokies – a season that has started better than any other in Hokies history.
The team started off 9-0-0, and reached a national ranking as high as No. 8 before dropping consecutive games against North Carolina and Boston College. Colpitts missed the first three games of the season due to scheduling conflicts with the World Cup.
“It’s an exciting time for us right now, and I’m really excited to be part of it,” Colpitts said.
Colpitts acknowledges the immense success the team is having, but does not believe it has come out of nowhere.
“I think it’s about the hard work that went on for so many seasons, even before us, that contributed to where we are today,” she said.
Having reached such a high level of play and continuing to strive for even greater success has made Colpitts a role model for a younger generation back home.
“We are from a small province in Canada, and a lot of the youth look up to Dayle and say, ‘Well if she is able to do that, then maybe I can too,’” Kim Colpitts said.
Dayle Colpitts may one day receive a phone call telling her she has been selected to represent her nation once again in the World Cup and the Olympics.
When she does she will be ready, ready for what she has been working for her entire life.