USA women's Sevens name squad for Dubai
Head coach Ric Suggitt has selected 12 women to compete in the first round of the inaugural IRB Women's Sevens World Series in Dubai.
Suggitt makes some changes to the team that won the Women's International Sevens Invitational in Guangzhou, China on 28 October, most notably welcoming back Vanesha McGee from injury, who will take over the role of captain from Deven Owsiany.
“Deven Owsiany has done an excellent job at getting the team to where it is at this stage. The current attitude and work ethic of this team has been amazing, and Deven is responsible for the formation of the squad,” said Suggitt.
Contracted players Kimber Rozier and Kaelene Lundstrum will miss Dubai as they are on tour with the Eagles 15s in Europe, but Emilie Bydwell, Victoria Folayan, Christina Mastrangelo and Lauren Doyle complete the line-up.
Seasoned Sevens athletes Christy Ringgenberg and Nathalie Marchino will be traveling for their second tour with the Eagles since becoming contracted players in September and October of this year, respectively.
The remaining contracted athletes, Bui Baravilala, Jill Potter, Katie Dowty, Kelly Griffin and Owsiany, provide the core of the team with months of training under their belt.
“We have assembled a squad that is full of potential,” said Suggitt. “We are excited to see where we are in comparison with the other 11 teams in Dubai. The squad has trained very well and are excited to start the series.”
The Eagles will play France, Netherlands and Australia in pool play in Dubai on 30 November. Click HERE for more details.
USA Women’s Eagle Sevens, Dubai: Vanesha McGee (c), Deven Owsiany, Katie Dowty, Jillion Potter, Bui Baravilala, Kelly Griffin, Nathalie Marchino, Emilie Bydwell, Christy Ringgenberg, Victoria Folayan, Lauren Doyle, Christina Mastrangelo