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Suggitt Names Squad For Sao Paulo
After an intense three-week cycle of scrimmages and camps, the Women’s Eagles Sevens team will feature a speedy side in Brazil, with two changes from the Dubai lineup, both players representing the state of Florida. Dana Meschisi, Florida State University alumna and 2013 Women’s Collegiate All American, will make her first appearance on this year’s WSWS circuit. Also added is Kristen Thomas a senior from University of Central Florida and 2014 Women’s Collegiate American, will also make her debut with the Women’s Eagles. Sao Paulo is the second leg of the 2014-2015 IRB Women’s Sevens World Series.
“The squad has been working pretty hard over the past few weeks “Coach Suggitt said. “We played 14 and 20-minute scrimmages against Ireland and Canada to specifically train different energy systems. Last week, we held a training camp where we brought in several players from across the country to work in conjunction with the residents. All in all, we have varied our approach and honed in on improving our fitness and fundamentals.”
Speed is the dominating factor in the Sao Paulo selections for Suggitt. “In making selections, we looked at the speed of the game and how it has changed even from last year.”
The goal for the series is to finish in the top four, ultimately qualifying for the 2016 Olympic Games.
Kelly Griffin will captain the squad. Lauren Doyle and Jessica Javelet will add their impressive pace to the team’s resume as well. Victoria Folayan, the team’s leading scorer and the fourth leading scorer in the WSWS, will return to play after sustaining an injury in Dubai.
On day one of pool play, the Eagles will face New Zealand, France, and Spain, respectively. The first match kicks off at 9:06 am ET February 7. All matches will air live on the World Rugby website. Live match updates will be provided on Twitter by @USA Rugby.
Women’s Eagles Squad - Sao Paulo:
- Kathryn Johnson
- Kelly Griffin (C)
- Megan Bonny
- Hannah Lopez
- Jessica Javelet
- Lauren Doyle
- Victoria Folayan
- Alev Kelter
- Joanne Fa’avesi
- Dana Meschisi
- Melissa Fowler
- Kristen Thomas