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Led by captain and USA player Christy Ringgenberg, the Youngbloodz will hope to pull of a one-two with their male counterparts from Minneapolis.
Head Coach Sam Robinson said the team’s success has been something of a surprise.
“Only two of the players have played 7s before at all,” said Robinson, referring to Ringgenberg and Stacey Bridges. “The rest have never played it all. We got a lot of young players, some from college, who just want to learn 7s and they’ve done really well.”
Ringgenberg, who helped the USA to a top 3 finish at the 2009 World Cup and is still considered one of the best 7s players around, leads the team. But there are other players to watch.
Katie Johnson, who was superb for the Midwest in the Collegiate All-Star Championships, is definitely one of them.
“I have been trying to push her more and more,” said Robinson. “I think she has the ability to get a 7s contract. She is good enough. But there is tough competition.”
Ringgenberg, Bridgtes and capped Eagle Sylvia Braaten are the veterans on this team, with Jamie Zarembinski and Nicole Benjamin also players in the Twin Cities club scene. But the rest of this program is made up of college students. Johnson goes to Wisconsin-Milwaukee, but the rest – Jasmine Davis, Katana Howard, Hailey Koehler, Rachel Lentsch, Carla Schleicher, and Debbie Stenoien – are all students at the University of Minnesota.
That’s a heavy college quotient. But Robinson, who had Uale Mai to help with the team until the Samoan star had to go home for the birth of his child, has honed them into a squad that could really shock teams.