Davis, Virginia to meet in Women’s DI Spring Championship


LAFAYETTE, Colo. – UC Davis and Virginia will play for the Women’s Division I Spring Championship after each team won two playoff matches over the weekend.

Virginia entered the East Regional at Life University with plenty of confidence, and it showed throughout the weekend. First, the Cavaliers carved James Madison University to the tune of 82-12. Outside center Summer Harris-Jones and winger Joy Jefferson were unstoppable, as the two dynamic backs combined for 11 tries on the day.

In the other half of the East bracket, North Carolina was forced to work much harder to fend off its Quarterfinal opponent – Central Florida. Women’s Eagles Sevens prospect Naya Tapper led the Tar Heels’ charge with four tries in the No. 12 jumper to help produce a 32-12 lead. Central Florida would score 17 of the match’s final 22 points to produce a much more respectful score at full time, 39-29.

On the second day of Spring Playoffs, it was North Carolina who took the early advantage as Tapper scored her fifth try of the weekend and Tavoiya Whitworth converted. However, Virginia would score 34 unanswered points, including two apiece by Elizabeth Anderson, Harris-Jones, and Jefferson to qualify for the Spring Final, 34-7.

Central Florida refused to leave Marietta, Ga., without a win, beating James Madison, 34-24, in Sunday’s consolation match.

In California, the Aggies hosted the West Regional on their Davis campus and impressed their fans with a 44-0 blanking of Washington State to open play. On the other end of the West draw, it was Chico State that narrowly upended UC San Diego, 29-27.

April 10’s Spring Semifinal witnessed another dominating performance by UC Davis. The Aggies jumped all over Chico State, and eventually sent the Wildcats packing in defeat, 35-5.

Washington State rebounded well in yesterday’s consolation match, beating UC San Diego, 43-12.

UC Davis and Virginia will now convene for a Spring Championship Final at the May 7 College 15s National Championship at Saint Mary’s College in Moraga, Calif. The match will be one of five collegiate Championships played on the day. Originally, the Women’s Division I Spring Champion was to be determined and played ahead of the College 15s National Championships to determine who would compete against Fall Champion UCONN. However, the Huskies pulled out of the National Final and the Spring Championship was moved to May 7.