USA Women’s Sevens pool named for Vegas
BOULDER, Colo. – From February 11-13, 2011, the USA Women’s Sevens team will be competing in the USA Women’s International 7s Tournament in Las Vegas. The coach of Team USA, Ric Suggitt, has named represents a mixture of sevens veterans, collegiate up-and-comers, and crossovers from the 15-a-side Women’s National Team. Suggit recognizes that athleticism is plentiful in his side and expects his team to be in the Cup final in Vegas and Hong Kong later this year.
The Women’s Eagles will take on teams from France, Kenya, Spain, the Netherlands, and Canada. On Sunday, NBC/NBC Universal will broadcast the final at 10:48 a.m. from inside Sam Boyd Stadium, the location of the HSBC Sevens World Series event, the USA Sevens. Pool and plate matches will be played across the street from Sam Boyd and will be webcast live on USA Rugby’s UStream channel, http://www.ustream.tv/usarugby.
USA Women’s Head Coach, Ric Suggitt selected the team based on performances in domestic and international competitions at various levels. The Women’s High Performance camp in Florida last month helped Suggitt and his selectors to solidify selections to the Vegas squad.
“We have a lot of great athletes. At camp we saw a lot of our players show up in great shape, with great attitudes,” said Suggitt. The team he selected will be electric and he fully anticipates his side to play superb rugby.
“I am really looking forward to Vegas and getting to watch the girls not only as a coach, but as a fan,” Suggitt continued, “It’s going to be an eye-opener for some of the girls coming over from 15s to see how much space they have to run.”
2010 Women’s Rugby World Cup (WRWC) experience will enhance the squad in the form of danger women Victoria Folayan, Nathalie Marchino, and Christy Ringgenberg, all of whom proved they have a nose for the try line at the 2010 WRWC and the 2010 Women’s Premier League (WPL) season. Marchino was second in the WPL for tries scored, ending the season with 11 five-pointers. The leadership that Ringgenberg, Marchino, and Folayan bring to the squad is notable and the younger players on the squad will be in very good hands in Vegas.
Collegiate All-Star and three-time All-American Tyra McGrady got the 7s nod once again and is an absolutely electric attacker with fantastic agility and speed that causes all kinds of headaches for the defense. The Collegiate ranks are well-represented with Penn State stars, Deven Owsiany and Sadie Anderson, UNC’s Katie Lorenz, Minnesota’s Catherine Parkhill, and Stanford standouts Amelia Villines and Frances Wehrwein.
USA Women’s Sevens Squad
Sadie Anderson (Penn State), Katie Dowdy (Beantown), Victoria Folayan (Berkeley All-Blues), Lauren Hoeck (NOVA), Katie Lorenz (UNC – Chapel Hill), Nathalie Marchino (Berkeley), Tyra McGrady (Indiana University), Deven Owsiany (Penn State), Catherine Parkhill (University of Minnesota), Christy Ringgenberg (Minnesota Valkyries), Ameila Villines (Stanford), Frances Wehrwein (Stanford)
CJ Hidreth (NOVA), Kaelene Lundstrum (Twin City Amazons), Elizabeth Trujillo (At-Large)
Unavailable due to injury
Baravilala Akalaini (At Large)