Lee's Women's rugby team looks to go undefeated to sweet 16
Lee University Women’s Rugby team is on its way to the Sweet 16 playoffs after having an undefeated regular season.
Hoping to return to the final four again, the women’s rugby team has been focusing on conditioning, speed and mixing up their plays. Newer teammates have been added to the team to help reach the final four. Being involved and working hard has helped the inexperienced players know the game more, in turn helping the team.
According to freshman, Allyson Frank, the team has dominated throughout the region and has yet to struggle with any opponent, but heading into the Sweet 16’s the competition will be tougher than usual.
“I think the team in general has just put in more effort to better themselves and work as one unit on the field,” senior Rachel Murray said.”
Men’s Rugby player, Luis Rodas said, women’s rugby isn’t funded by Lee University, but the women still manage to workout, practice and manage school.
The women’s rugby team has employed a new system in play on to prepare them for the playoffs, and possibly the final four. The new system draws the opponent in, which leads an opening for breakaways. Breakaways have the offense clearing a path for the ball carrier to get a clear run down the field, according to Murray.
The women’s rugby team has “phenomenal” players, Rodas said. Some of the players on the women’s rugby team have played for Tri-Stars, which is the all-state for rugby. “Even though some of them have injuries, they all find a way to push through it like no other, because they honestly love the sport,” Rodas said.”