AIG WCAA team selected for matches against Maple Leafs

SALT LAKE CITY - USA Rugby AIG Women's Collegiate All-Americans Head Coach Sue Whitwell has selected 26 athletes from the recent Junior and Collegiate Stars and Stripes Camp for a two-match series with Rugby Canada's Maple Leafs this week.

All-American veterans Nicole Benedetti and Bailey Johnson highlight a young under-23 roster alongside the likes of 1997-born McKenzie Hawkins, Azniv Nalbandian, and Kat Ramage. With a player pool of more than 90 female athletes in camp at University of Utah for the past week playing with and against each other, Whitwell and the All-American coaching staff, including AIG Women's Junior All-Americans Head Coach Wil Snape, were able to see players in high-pressure situations on and off the field prior to selecting the touring side.

Hawkins, Nalbandian, and Ramage join seven other teammates from last year's WJAAs as graduates to the under-23 program. Gabriella Cantorna, Lanoira Duhart, Frieda Fetu'u, Tess Feury, Danielle Ordway, and Tayla Pipkin were also members of Snape's WJAAs that defeat an under-20 Canadian side twice in two matches on the campus of Central Washington University.

The WCAAs' July 5 and July 9 matches will be against a senior developmental team rather than an age-grade representative, with the matches opening the second and third match days of the Women's Rugby Super Series. All matches from Regional Athletic Complex will be broadcast live to subscribers of The Rugby Channel on USA Rugby's YouTube page.

AIG Women's Collegiate All-Americans | Summer 2016
Nicole Benedetti - Brandywine Riot
Kaitlyn Broughton - Life University
Sarah Buonopane - Beantown
Gabriella Cantorna - Pennsylvania State University
Allyson Day - Norwich University
Lanoira Duhart - Winona State University
Yejadai Dunn - Dartmouth College
Frieda Fetu'u - Berkeley All Blues
Tess Feury - Pennsylvania State University
McKenzie Hawkins - Lindenwood University
Rebekah Hebdon - Brigham Young University
Bailey Johnson - Minnesota Valkyries
Jennifer Johnson - Central Washington University
Bridget Kahele - American International College
Jessica Lewis - University of California, Berkeley
Katherine Loughran - University of Notre Dame
Ilona Maher - Quinnipiac University
Azniv Nalbandian - Pennsylvania State University
Uzoamaka Okoro - Brown University
Danielle Ordway - Davenport University
Taylah Pipkin - Pennsylvania State University
Katherine Ramage - Dartmouth College
Megan Rom - Life University
Elizabeth Rose - Pennsylvania State University
Francesca Sands - Dartmouth College
Haley Schafer - Central Washington University

AIG Women's Collegiate All-Americans | Coaching Staff
Sue Whitwell - Head Coach
Melanie Denham - Assistant Coach
James English - Assistant Coach
Lance Pruett - Manager

AIG Women's Collegiate All-Americans | Summer 2016
v. Maple Leafs - Tuesday, July 5 @ 1 p.m. MT - Regional Athletic Complex
v. Maple Leafs - Saturday, July 9 @ 11 a.m. MT - Regional Athletic Complex