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Women All Americans Set For All-Star Week

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Women All Americans Set For All-Star Week

Colleen McCloskey photo.

GREELEY, CO. - The Women’s Collegiate All-American XVs have named their full squad for All Star Week taking place August 1st and 3rd at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley. 

The event will bring together four teams including the All-Americans, Women’s Premier League East & West All Stars, as well as a D1/D2 All Star team. On Day One, the WPL West and D1/D2 All Stars will play each other first, at 3 PM MT, after which the All-Americans will face the WPL East All Stars at 5 PM MT. 

In between the two match days, the All-Americans will play an exhibition game against the Glendale Merlins’ Division I team at 5:30 PM before the main event resumes on August 3. 

There, losers from Day One will face off at 9:30 AM with winners playing in the final at 11:30 AM. Admission is FREE to all fans with a LIVE stream available on the Women’s Premier League Facebook Page, facebook.com/wplrugby

Head Coach Katie Dowty’s full squad features four capped Women’s Eagles including Azniv Nalbandian, Annakaren Pedraza, McKenzie Hawkins and McKenna Strong, alongside a wealth of up-and-coming talent from the collegiate programs across the country. 

Over the past several months, Women’s Collegiate All-American Opportunity Days served as an important setting for new faces and returning All-American players to vie for selection.

“Following a great turnout at our four Regional Opportunity Days, we are very excited to introduce some new faces from a wide range of collegiate programs into the pathway,” said Dowty. “We also anticipate some breakout performances from our returning All-American players, who we will rely on to set a high standard and prove they are capable of elevating the team’s performance as a whole. 

“The All-Star Week will be USA Rugby’s toughest domestic competition of the year – a welcome challenge for these up and coming players. They will gain valuable experience in highly competitive matches and are eager to show what they can do at this level.”

“This All Star Week is a hugely important opportunity platform for all the players involved,” said USA Women’s National Team XVs Head Coach Rob Cain. “Within a month I will personally have had eyes in person on the Eagles squad at the Super Series, the next generation of players with the Under-20s in the Tri Nations Cup and now with the remaining pool of players who are pushing so hard to take center stage with this event. 

“It’s exciting to see the inner competition show what these athletes can do, how far they’ve developed away from their last sighting and why we should be including them in the player pools for high performance.” 

WOMEN’S COLLEGIATE ALL-AMERICAN XVs FULL SQUAD 

 

PLAYER NAME

POSITION

COLLEGE

Siale Alatini

Back row

American International College

Dana Alimena

Back row

Pitzer College

Emerson Allen

Lock

Eckerd College

Emma Auld

Flyhalf

Virginia

Spencer Boldt

Fullback

Central Washington 

Emily Briggs

Prop

Brigham Young 

Naomi Carrillo

Center

Santa Barbara 

Hope Cooper

Hooker

Cal

Isabel Cuddy

Center/Wing

Sacred Heart 

Elisha Fromstein

Hooker

Penn State 

Summer Harris-Jones

Wing

Virginia

McKenzie Hawkins

Center

Lindenwood 

Leah Ingold

Flyhalf

Central Washington 

Bridget Kahele

Scrumhalf

Life University

Matilda Kocaj

Center/Wing

Babson College

Jennifer Kronish

Lock

Harvard 

Karissa Lacy

Hooker

Life University

Rebecca Luedke

Prop

Cal State University Chico 

Daisy Manoa

Center

MiraCosta College

Grace Martin

Prop

Quinnipiac 

Diana May

Back row

Utah Valley 

Azniv Nalbandian

Prop

Penn State 

Sophia Nieves

Lock

Middlebury College

Akweley Okine

Prop

Harvard 

Bianca Ortiz-Pallen

Back row

Central Washington 

Veronica Overbeek

Prop

Davenport U

Jetta Owens

Center

Virginia Polytechnic Institute

Anna Park

Back row

Stanford 

Anna Karen Pedraza

Scrumhalf

Lindenwood 

Sophie Pyrz

Scrumhalf

Penn State

Genevieve Quirion

Back row

Harvard 

Katherine Ramage

Scrumhalf

Dartmouth College

Emily Roskopf

Center

Quinnipiac 

Allie Schrenker

Back row

Tennessee at Chattanooga

Gianna Soloman

Back row

Penn State 

Vanessa Somoza

Lock

Cal State Chico 

McKenna Strong

Lock

Lindenwood 

Caitlin Weigel

Center

Harvard 

Adrienne Yoder

Fullback

Air Force 


 

WOMEN’S COLLEGIATE ALL-AMERICAN STAFF

Head Coach | Katie Dowty

Assistant Coach | Tiff Faaee

Assistant Coach | Dave Clancy

Assistant Coach | Justin Moss

Physical Performance | Stacey Bridges

Project Soar Shadow Coach | Lindey Wise

Athletic Trainer | Jade Callan

Athletic Trainer | Amie Kern

Team Manager | Annemarie Farrell

 

ALL STAR WEEK SCHEDULE
All Times Mountain | Stream LIVE on facebook.com/WPLrugby

 

THURSDAY, AUGUST 1

3 PM: WPL West All-Stars vs Club D1 & D2 All-Stars

5 PM: WPL East All-Stars vs Women's Collegiate All-Americans

 

SATURDAY, AUGUST 3 

9:30 AM: Losers of Thursday's matches

11:30 AM: Winners of Thursday's matches