The USA Women’s Sevens team finished in fifth place in the Cape Town Sevens, which was held December 13-15.
The team is in third place in the HSBC World Sevens Series standings after winning gold in Glendale, bronze in Dubai and in fifth-place at Cape Town.
The team went 2-1 in their pool with wins over Ireland and England before a loss to Australia. This set up a quarterfinal match against Canada, which their rivals emerged with a 15-14 victory.
USA 38-0 Ireland
The USA had a dominant performance against Ireland taking a 28-0 lead at the half and finishing with a 38-0 win after scoring six tries.
Alev Kelter opened the scoring with a try under the posts with Nicole Heavirland slotting the extras to lead 7-0. Kelter then added another following an offload from Eti Haungatau for her 83rd career try and then converted.
A dummy by Haungatau led to try with Heavirland converting. Lauren Doyle claimed the ensuing restart and raced in for a try with Kelter converting to lead 28-0 at the break.
Naya Tapper added a 70-meter try and Abby Gustaitis added the team’s sixth try for a 38-0 win.
USA: 6 Lauren Doyle 5 Alev Kelter 11 Kris Thomas (C) 3 Abby Gustaitis (C) 9 Nicole Heavirland 7 Naya Tapper 9 Eti Haungatau Reserves 2 Ilona Maher (7′) 1 Cheta Emba (9′) 12 Kristi Kirshe (9′) 8 Jordan Gray-Matyas (11′) 10 Kasey McCravey (11′)
Ireland: 7 Katie Fitzhenry 5 Amee-Leigh Murphy Crowe 2 Hannah Tyrrell 11 Louise Galvin 6 Kathy Baker 10 Eve Higgins 12 Emily Lane Reserves 4 Brittany Hogan (9′) Megan Burns (9′) 1 Claire Boles (DNP) 3 Deirbhile Nic A Bhaird (DNP) 9 Anna Doyle (DNP)
USA 21-7 England
With no time on the clock, England scored a try by Deborah Fleming, which was converted by Abbie Brown for a final of 21-7 to the USA.
USA: 6 Lauren Doyle 5 Alev Kelter 9 Nicole Heavirland 7 Naya Tapper 1 Cheta Emba 8 Jordan Gray-Matyas 2 Ilona Maher Reserves 11 Kris Thomas (8′) 12 Kristi Kirshe (8′) 3 Abby Gustaitis (10′) 9 Eti Haungatau (11′)10 Kasey McCravey (12′)
England: 9 Alex Matthews 2 Abbie Brown 10 Megan Jones 8 Celia Quansah 7 Emma Uren 3 Abi Burton 12 Amy Wilson Hardy Reserves 4 Heather Fisher (5′) 1 Jodie Ounsleyn(10′) 11 Katie Mason (12′) 6 Deborah Fleming (12′) 5 Beth Wilcock (DNP)
USA 14-19 Australia
Australia, who had most of the early attacking opportunities, took a 7-0 lead an Ellia Green try and a Charni Williams conversion. They pushed the lead to 14-0 after a Sharni Williams quick tap from a penalty, who then added her own conversion.
Australia: 12 Ellia Green 1 Shannon Parry 10 Alicia Lucas 5 Emma Tonegato 2 Sharni Williams 4 Cassandra Staples 8 Madison Ashby Reserves 7 Jakiya Whitfeld (6′) 6 Demi Hayes (DNP) 3 Yasmin Meakes (DNP) 11 Rhiannon Byers (DNP) 9 Faith Nathan (DNP)
Canada 15-14 USA
The USA started the match under pressure early after a yellow card to Nicole Heavirland on the opening kick off. Canada opened the scoring with a try by Brittany Benn to lead 5-0.
Canada: 8 Bianca Farella 5 Julia Greenshields 9 Ghislaine Landry 2 Kayla Moleschi 11 Karen Paquin 1 Brittany Benn 3 Caroline Crossley Reserves 6 Charity Williams (8′) 7 Sara Kaljuvee (10′) 10 Kaili Lukan (13′) 4 Elissa Alarie (DNP) 12 Pam Buisa (DNP)
Head Coach Chris Brown
Assistant Coach Warren Abrahams
Strength & Conditioning Matt Long
Athletic Trainer Nicole Titmas
Team Manager Liz Strohecker