USA Women's 7s coach Ric Suggitt has named his squad for the Dubai 7s, the first leg of the inaugural IRB Women's Sevens World Series.
No big surprises as to who's making the trip; however, there are some changes of note. The captainship has switched hands, transitioning from Deven Owsiany to Vanesha McGee. McGee underwent minor surgery in early fall but is back to fighting form. She's joined by all of her Chula Vista teammates, save Kimber Rozier and Kaelene Lundstrum, who are on tour with the 15s Eagles in Europe. Newly contracted players Christy Ringgenberg and Nathalie Marchino, who are by no means rookies to the international 7s scene, inaugurate their professional status on the Dubai tour.
Bui Baravilala, Jill Potter, Katie Dowty, Kelly Griffin and Owsiany account for the rest of the 7s residents.
That left four vacancies, which were filled by Emilie Bydwell, Vix Folayan, Teena Mastrangelo and Lauren Doyle. Bydwell, Folayan and Mastrangelo are all very familiar with the IRB circuit, while Doyle received her first 7s caps during the China Women's International 7s tournament. She helped the Eagles to the title, and the Eastern Illinois senior impressed coach Suggitt enough to make room for her on this tour. She is by far the most inexperienced Eagle on the squad, and she'll have no time to adjust to the uptick in competition.
The USA have been slotted into Pool C alongside Australia, Netherlands and France. If any group were named the "Pool of Death," Pool C would claim that title. Pool A is composed of England, Spain, South Africa and Brazil, while Pool B has Canada, New Zealand, Russia and China. There are no guaranteed wins throughout any of the pools, but Pool C contains teams all capable of winning the whole tournament.
The women's bracket kicks off Friday, Nov. 30 against France, with the knockout rounds follow on Saturday, Dec. 1.
USA Women's 7s Roster for Dubai
Vanesha McGee (C)