Rugby News & Views From an American Perspective
The USA Women’s Sevens team that will be competing in the USA Women’s International 7s Tournament in Las Vegas has been announced. Team USA Head Coach, Ric Suggitt, has named a team with a mixture of sevens veterans, collegiate up-and-comers, and crossovers from the 15-a-side Women’s National Team. Suggitt recognizes that athleticism is plentiful in his side and expects his team to be in the Cup final in Las Vegas and Hong Kong later this year.
On Sunday, NBC/NBC Universal will broadcast the final at 10:48 a.m. (PST) from inside Sam Boyd Stadium, the location of the HSBC Sevens World Series event, the USA Sevens.
All of the 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.
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 scouts 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.
“I am really looking forward to Vegas and getting to watch the girls play not only as a coach, but as a fan,” Suggitt continued. “It’s going to be an eye-opener for some of the players 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 during the 2010 Women’s Premier League (WPL) season. Marchino was second in the WPL for tries scored, ending the season with 11 scores. The leadership that Ringgenberg, Marchino, and Folayan bring to the squad is notable and the younger players will be in very good hands in Vegas.
Collegiate All-Star and three-time All-American Tyra McGrady got the sevens 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, University of North Carolina’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)