USA Women’s Sevens Prepare for Hong Kong Sevens with Olympic Qualification in Sights

The USA Women’s Eagles Sevens is preparing for the Cathay/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens, where a quarterfinal appearance would ensure early qualification to the 2024 Olympics. The Eagles have medaled in each tournament so far, and hope to keep the streak going.

The Team will have pool matches against Japan, Spain, and France. Unfortunately for the team, Ilona Maher will miss out on the remainder of the 2023 HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series following an ankle injury sustained in practice and Sammy Sullivan reports for military obligations.

Steph Rovetti, a flyhalf/center will return to the HSBC World Rugby Sevens pitch for the first time since Cape Town in December, following a long injury recovery.

The Cathay/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens kicks off Friday, March 31, 2023, LIVE on Peacock.

USA Women’s Sevens Roster | Cathay/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens

Name Position HSBC Tournaments
1. Cheta Emba (she/her) Prop/Hooker 27
3. Kayla Canett Flyhalf/Scrumhalf 19
4. Nicole Heavirland Hooker/Scrumhalf 33
5. Alex “Spiff” Sedrick Flyhalf/Center 10
6. Alena Olsen Scrumhalf 14
7. Naya Tapper (C) Wing/Prop 31
10. Steph Rovetti Flyhalf/Center 8
11. Kristen Thomas Hooker/Prop 37
12. Kristi Kirshe (she/her) Center/Prop 18
15. Alev Kelter Center/Flyhalf 37
21. Ariana Ramsey Scrumhalf/Wing 1
23. Lauren Doyle (C) Wing 37

USA Women’s Sevens Traveling Staff

  • Head Coach Emilie Bydwell
  • Assistant Coach Zack Test
  • Athletic Trainer Nicole Titmas
  • Strength & Conditioning Trey Ford
  • Sports Psychologist Peter Haberl

USA Women’s Sevens Hong Kong Schedule

Friday, March 31

  • v. Spain 12:40 a.m. ET (Thursday night)
  • v. Japan 4:40 a.m. ET
  • v. France 9:09 p.m. ET

Saturday, April 1

Knockouts begin at 2:15 a.m. ET

Sunday, April 2

Knockouts continue

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