Four changes for Suggitt as Eagles head to Amsterdam

Four changes for Suggitt as Eagles head to Amsterdam

CHULA VISTA, Calif. – The travel roster for Ric Suggitt’s Women’s Eagles Sevens has been announced for Amsterdam Sevens, the final round of the 2013-14 IRB Women’s Sevens World Series.

Dana Meschisi, Deven Owsiany, Rebekah Siebach and Shaina Turley, who were each at last month’s Guangzhou Women’s Sevens, will not travel with the team to Europe and will be replaced in the Eagles squad by Megan Bonny, Hannah Lockwood, Hannah Lopez, and Kathryn Johnson.

Bonny played in the three opening rounds of this year’s Series, the second season of the IRB’s top-flight international women’s sevens tournament, but suffered an injury in Brazil. The 15s-capped Eagle missed the trip to Guangzhou.

Lockwood and Lopez will be making their first appearances on the circuit, while Johnson returns to the fold after having not played for the Eagles since Emirates Dubai Rugby Sevens in November.

“I am happy for Hannah, K.J., and Megan” Suggitt said. “They have trained well all year at the Residency program and they will now get an opportunity to showcase their abilities. All three are exciting and can run.

“Hannah has worked extremely hard the past year to earn this spot. She will be joining us from New Zealand and we look forward to her arrival in Amsterdam.”

The newest additions at the Olympic Training Center, Alev Kelter and recently-wed Elana Meyers Taylor, keep their spots on the Eagles’ roster after an 11th-place finish in China. Kelter scored her first try in a 14-12 loss to France in pool play.

“Alev and Elana have now had a sample of what sevens rugby is like on the international stage,” Suggitt said. “We are still searching for them to find their footing and the flow of the game. I believe we will see more production out of them now that they know what to expect.”

Amelia Villines will again captain Suggitt’s team. The Stanford alumna served as captain in Guangzhou, where she led the 1-4 Eagles with 17 points.

“Amelia will be captain again as we close out the season,” the head coach said. “She did an excellent job preparing and leading the squad that went to China. As a first-time captain, she handled the losses and adversity with maturity and class.”

Suggitt is excited about his team’s speed with Lauren Doyle and Victoria Folayan, but knows the Eagles will have to do a better job at “creating space” for their teammates.

The Eagles currently occupy seventh in the Series standings with 26 points, 12 of which were earned with a Plate win at Atlanta 7s in February, the team’s best performance of the season.

“We know we will perform better this time around,” Suggitt said. “We have to.”

No. 1-ranked New Zealand, Spain, and Ireland are in Pool A with the Eagles. Kickoff for the first match against the Kiwis is Friday, May 16, at 7:04 A.M. ET. Watch Amsterdam Sevens live on the IRB Women’s Sevens World Series website and follow live match updates on Twitter with @USARugby.

Women's Eagles Sevens | Amsterdam Sevens
1. Kelly Griffin
2. Lorrie Clifford
3. Jillion Potter
4. Amelia Villines (C)
5. Hannah Lopez
6. Lauren Doyle
7. Victoria Folayan
8. Alev Kelter
9. Elana Meyers Taylor
10. Hannah Lockwood
11. Kathryn Johnson
12. Megan Bonny

Women's Eagles Sevens | Amsterdam Sevens
v New Zealand - Friday, May 16 - 7:04 A.M. ET
v Spain - Friday, May 16 - 10:10 A.M. ET
v Ireland - Friday, May 16 - 12:54 P.M. ET

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Comments (4)

  • Guest (?)

    Why isn't Shaina Turley the 7s Captain or is she still dating E.T in her helicopter?

  • Guest (?)

    What happen to the chairleader hype or is gone because your opposition is pushing up daisies 'no' can't be', dead birds DON'T come out of their nests!?

  • Guest (Guest)

    lol what? ^

  • Guest (America have talent)

    ?

    1. Elana Meyers Taylor prop
    2. .Alev Kelter hooker
    3. Jillion Potter 7 prop
    4. Amelia Villines 3 dummyhalf (C)
    5. Hannah Lopez 1 playmaker
    6.Victoria Folayan 7 centre
    7.jesica javet playmaker/wing