USA Developmental Looking Forward to All-Star Challenge
CHULA VISTA, Calif. -- USA Women 's Head Coach, Ric Suggitt, has named a squad of 12 outstanding young players to compete in the @Link("[#This.#NamePath]::~~Link~~((639713684))", "Internal", "URI", "Women's National All-Star Sevens Championships", " lo_id="639713684||639710167" lo_value="[Application]\\Structure\\Content\\Links\\Content\\631456914\\639713684" lo_type="Internal" lo_datatype="URI" lo_namepath="[#This.#NamePath]::~~Link~~((639713684))"") on Friday and Saturday at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif.
Some familiar names from the age-grade and Women's National Team fixtures this summer made their way to the Developmental Side. Physical talents are abound in the squad, and Suggitt is eyeing the All-Star tournament as a chance for young players to stake their claim in senior women's sevens selection later this year.
Amy Naber and Bui Baravilala impressed in the Women's Under-20 Nations Cup held in July, helping the team to the the tournament final against England.
Ryan Carlyle, Katie Lorenz, Tyra McGrady, Kimber Rozier, and Rebekah Siebach all have caught the eye of the Women's Sevens team selectors and were able to showcase their talents in the Can-Am Tournament in upstate New York.
Midwest flyer Kaelene Lundstrum continues her grinding summer after finishing the Women's Nations Cup with the senior fifteens team and will make a case for herself for selection to the sevens team at the All-Star tournament.
The more novice players have the benefit of being mentored by a handful of athletes who have competed at the highest level of international women's sevens. Lorenz, McGrady, Deven Owisany, Amelia Villines, and Frances Wehrwein bring experience from 2010 competing at the USA Sevens and in Hong Kong.
"This is an excellent composition of athletes and they possess all the correct attributes to build the future of USA Women's Eagles Sevens rugby," Suggitt said.
Taking on the All-Stars from the seven Territorial Unions (Northeast, South, Mid-Atlantic, Midwest, West, SoCal, and Pacific Coast) will provide a chance for these young athletes to prove their worth and exhibit both their mental and physical toughness.
"This squad has above average speed and a handful of grinders. If we can compliment the hard work with the speed then this years squad will challenge a few of the senior teams. I am expecting a great competition in the women's bracket," Suggitt continued.
"The players in the sevens pool are starting to realize there is a pecking order, so we believe this will increase the level of competition as each player will go out with something to prove. Any time we can get this type of peer -to- peer competition the better off we will be in the long run."
USA WOMEN'S DEVELOPMENTAL SEVENS | NATIONAL ALL-STAR CHAMPIONSHIPS | CHULA VISTA, CALIF.
Akalani Baravilala (At Large), Ryan Carlyle (Univ. of Southern California), Katie Lorens (Univ. of North Carolina - Chapel Hil), Kaelene Lundstrum (Twin Cities Amazons), Tyra McGrady (Indiana University), Amy Naber (University of Arizona), Deven Owisany (Penn State), Lauren Rhode (Brown University), Kimber Rozier (University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill), Rebekah Siebach (BYU), Amelia Villines (Stanford University), Frances Wehrwein (Stanford University)