BOULDER, Colo. – Many of the elite women’s sevens rugby teams were in action from coast to coast Nov. 9-10. The Big Ten, Ivy and South Independent leagues held their conference championships. Meanwhile, in California, the Stanford Invitational hosted eight of the best women’s programs on the West Coast.
The four tournaments marked the final automatic qualifying events leading up to the 2013 USA Rugby College 7s National Championship. With only a quarter of the 16-team field at Nationals selected heading into the weekend, plenty of schools had opportunities to compile enough wins to gain the attention of USA Rugby’s Women’s Championship Committee.
Princeton is heading to Nationals after knocking off Penn 21-10 at the Ivy 7s Final. The Tigers are no strangers to the College 7s Championships, having placed third in both the 2011 and 2012 tournaments. They are sure to have the Cup Final in their sights this year.
Georgia Tech secured the automatic selection out of the Women’s South Independent Conference. Tech defeated Clemson 24-19 in the final. Clemson’s slim margin of defeat against an impressive Yellow Jackets squad earned the Tigers an at-large selection.
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The Stanford Invitational produced a cross-bay rivalry match in the tournament’s Final. Cal, who had already claimed a spot at the College 7s National Championship for its win at Oregon State 7s, faced off against host Stanford. Cal got the best of the Cardinal with a 15-10 win. Stanford and Oregon State, who defeated Chico State in the third-place match 29-7, received at-large bids from the Championship Committee.
The Penn State Women’s Rugby Club proved it could be a dominant force outside of the 15s game. The Nittany Lions orchestrated their way through a sturdy Big Ten field, eventually beating Indiana 21-10 in the Final. Ohio State won an exciting match against Michigan 33-28 to finish third. Indiana, Ohio State and Davenport, who was invited to the Big 10 7s as a non-conference invitee, have been selected to Nationals as at-large teams.
The USA Rugby 2013 College 7s National Champion will be crowned Nov. 24 in Greensboro, N.C. The pools for Nationals will be announced later this week.