Suggitt selects Eagles for Guangzhou Sevens

CHULA VISTA, Calif. – Women’s Eagles Sevens Head Coach Ric Suggitt has announced the 12-player roster for the upcoming Guangzhou Sevens, the fourth leg of the 2013-14 IRB Women’s Sevens World Series.

The Eagles will play Canada, Russia and France in Pool C in China April 5-6. Amelia Villines, in just her fourth Series tournament, will captain the team.

Making the squad for the first time is Alev Kelter, Elana Meyers and Shaina Turley, who have each earned Residency contracts at the Olympic Training Center in the last three months.

“Shaina is a physically and mentally tough competitor,” Suggitt said. “Shaina has a hard work ethic and she will have some specific roles to fulfill in attack and defense during the tournament.

“Elana and Alev have demonstrated enough this past month and now they will be thrown right into the major competition.”

Jessica Javelet, the Eagles’ top scorer at Atlanta 7s and Sao Paulo Sevens in February, will not travel with the team to Guangzhou due to prior commitments.

The Eagles were in the same pool as the northern neighbors in Atlanta and had a second match in the tournament’s Cup Quarterfinal, though both matches were losses for Suggitt’s squad. Russia dealt the Eagles a loss in the teams’ only meeting at Emirates Dubai Rugby Sevens last November.

Canada and Russia sit in third and fourth in the Series standings, respectively, above the seventh-placed Eagles.

“We need to look after the ball on the field,” Suggitt said. “We need to execute our decisions and make certain we stay confident no matter what happens. A lot can happen in 14 minutes, we now have to make it happen for us.

“There is no doubt what we have to do to be successful in China: go there in the correct frame of mind and be prepared to play six matches with full intensity.”

Kickoff from Guangzhou Uni Town Stadium is scheduled for 10:00 P.M. ET Friday, April 4, between the Eagles and Canada. Watch the Eagles live on the IRB Women’s Sevens World Series website and follow live match updates on Twitter with @USARugby.

Women's Eagles Sevens | Guangzhou Sevens
1. Victoria Folayan
2. Kelly Griffin
3. Jillion Potter
4. Deven Owsiany
5. Amelia Villines
6. Lauren Doyle
7. Elana Meyers
8. Shaina Turley
9. Lorrie Clifford
10. Dana Meschisi
11. Alev Kelter
12. Rebekah Siebach

Women's Eagles Sevens | Guangzhou Sevens Pool C
v Canada - Friday, April 4 - 10:00 P.M. ET
v Russia - Saturday, April 5 - 1:06 A.M. ET
v France - Saturday, April 5 - 3:50 A.M. ET