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BYU Advances to DI Elite Semifinal

Janette Taufa, BYU Women's Rugby 2018

Fullerton CA - Cougar Rugby News - Tuesday May 1, 2018

Women's D1 Elite/D1: April 20 - 22, 2018

The women's top tier of collegiate rugby has a rather unusual structure. D1 Elite and D1 compete against each other in the Round of 16 and quarterfinals and do not get separated until the results of the quarter finals. The winners of the quarter finals advance to the D1 Elite Semifinals while the losers compete against each other in the D1 semifinals.

The first quarterfinal was between Penn State against Virginia, Penn State advanced after beating JMU, and Virginia earned their place by putting North Carolina away. In what was the closest of the semis, Penn State advanced shutting Virginia out 57-0.

The second quarterfinal was between Life and UCF. Life advanced via disposing of Pitt and UCF had to get by Virginia Tech to book their spot in the quarters. Life took care of business, notching up triple digits in the process. The final score was 100-0.

The third saw BYU come up against UC Davis. BYU had prevailed against Arizona State the day before, while UC Davis put away Grand Canyon to book their spot in the next round. It was another one-sided affair as BYU showed their class and advanced to the D1 Elite semis courtesy of a 92-0 score line.

The final game to determine who would be placed in the Elite bracket and who would be in D1's bracket came down to Lindenwood and Chico State. Lindenwood saw off Stanford, while Chico State pushed their way through UC Santa Barbra to advance. The match went to Lindenwood in a 71-0 affair.

USA Rugby has released the semifinal match-ups and kickoff times (PDT) for the college championships occurring at Cal State Fullerton's Titan Stadium, California.

BYU Cougars at Dixie State Trailblazers - Preview

Monday February 10, 2018 - Cougar Rugby News Editor

Provo, UT: BYU will visit Dixie State University for a Women's Rugby Game, for the first time in program history this Saturday Feb 10, 2018.

BYU will feature some of the returning seniors with likes of 2015-2016 Women's Collegiate All American No. 8 Sia Skipps. She will be assisted in the backrow by Grace Taito, 2016-2017 Collegiate All American Flanker.

Emily Briggs, prop, who took part in the Women's DI Elite Final against Penn State in 2016 - just recently returned from a church mission, is expected to get some game time in her first outing since May 2016.

BYU is also expected to start some of the familiar names in program history. Notable names include Kai Ah Quinn (Jr All American Canada Tour 2017), Alisa Baker (pictured), and Scrumhalf/Center Kathryn Stowers (2015 High School All American).

Dallas McKee, Brianne Shaw, and Amenda Feao will lead Dixie State alongside some of the DSU seniors & returners from past year.

Kick off is set at 1.00pm MTN at the Legend Solar Stadium, Dixie State University, Saint George, UT. 

Fans, Parents and Supporters are welcome.

Photo: BYU Center/Wing, Alisa Baker, on the go forward drive. PC: Tabitha Sumsion, BYU Photo