Day One Recap from Emirates Airlines USA Rugby Women's Club Sevens National Championship

Day One Recap from Emirates Airlines USA Rugby Women's Club Sevens National Championship
The Women's Club 7s National Championship has concluded day one of competition, with eight teams in the running for the title.
In Pool A, Seattle and Chicago North Shore advance to the Cup quarterfinals, having defeated NOVA 2 32-5 and 17-0, respectively, and earning 28-0 forfeit wins over the Sacramento Amazons. That set up a thrilling round-three match between the two undefeated teams.
The Breakers took a 10-0 lead on two Carrie White tries, but North Shore's Sara Nester narrowed the gap with a breakaway try, which Lauren Doyle converted, to make it 10-7 with two minutes remaining.
With momentum on their side, it looked like North Shore was going to go ahead, when Madison Kissner tore down the sideline, seemingly uncontested. White was in pursuit and pulled down Kissner right at the tryline and positioned her body perfectly to prevent the rollover. That was the deciding factor and Seattle took the top seed.
Pool B was dramatic for different reasons. Last year's finalist, Boston Belles, will not be advancing to the Cup quarters tomorrow, as they finished 1-2 with losses to Emerald City (22-19) and Youngbloodz (27-0), and a 43-0 win over Philadelphia.
The deciding game in Pool B ended up being the first of the day, when the Youngbloodz held off a late surge - thanks in large part to Ashley Kmiecik - from the Mudhens to win 15-12. Philly ended 0-3, a record that included two 21-7 losses to the Cup quarterfinalists.
In Pool C, it was all Berkeley. The reigning champs re-established themselves as the team to emulate, and finished with the highest point differential (103) across all pools.
After a 33-0 win over Belmont Shore (1-2) and 53-0 victory over Morris (0-3), the All Blues were finally tested against NOVA 1 in the last round.
Despite attempts to avoid contact, NOVA 1 was at risk to lose possession every time they went to ground. In the end, NOVA couldn't penetrate the All Blues' defense, while Nathalie Marchino, Vix Folayan and Elaine Gardner finished off nice movements for tries. The 17-0 victory secured Berkeley's top seed out of the pool.
NOVA 1 takes the second seed out of Pool C, thanks to their 39-0 win over Morris and 29-5 victory over Belmont Shore.
The DC Furies and San Diego Surfers will represent Pool D in tomorrow's Cup quarterfinals. Both were 2-0 heading into round three. The Furies beat Berkeley 29-5 and the Falcons 31-0, while the Surfers topped Berkeley 2 22-0 and Falcons 41-5.
DC focused on neutralizing 7s Eagle Emilie Bydwell, who has a knack for splitting defenses, then settled in their team-oriented game to produce a 17-7 win.
Coincidentally, tomorrow’s play-offs pit territorial rivals – or close to it in Berkeley and San Diego’s case – against one another. The action kicks off at 8 a.m. – stay tuned for details.
DAY ONE STANDINGS
Pool A
W
L
T
Pf
Pa
Pd
Pts
Seattle
3
0
0
70
12
58
9
Chicago North Shore
2
1
0
52
10
42
7
NOVA 2
1
2
0
33
45
-12
5
No-Show
0
3
0
0
84
-84
3
Pool B
W
L
T
Pf
Pa
Pd
Pts
Youngbloodz
3
0
0
63
19
44
9
Emerald City
2
1
0
55
41
14
7
Boston Belles
1
2
0
62
49
13
5
Philadelphia
0
3
0
14
85
-71
3
Pool C
W
L
T
Pf
Pa
Pd
Pts
Berkeley I
3
0
0
103
0
103
9
NOVA I
2
1
0
68
22
46
7
Belmont Shore
1
2
0
36
62
-26
5
Morris
0
3
0
0
123
-123
3
Pool D
W
L
T
Pf
Pa
Pd
Pts
DC Furies
3
0
0
77
12
65
9
San Diego Surfers
2
1
0
70
22
48
7
Berkeley II
1
2
0
29
65
-36
5
Middlesex Falcons
0
3
0
19
96
-77
3
DAY TWO MATCHUPS
Bowl Quarterfinals
NOVA 2 v Philadelphia
Berkeley 2 v Morris
Belmont Shore v Middlesex Falcons
Boston Belles v Sacramento Amazons (forfeit)
Cup Quarterfinals
Seattle v Emerald City
DC Furies v NOVA 1
Berkeley 1 v San Diego
Youngbloodz v Chicago North Shore
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