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Wednesday, December 30, 2015

TIAR Awards, Women's Club 7s Player of the Year: Rachel Griendling

One of the best story lines over this last year was the number of young names that emerged as potential candidates for the Women Eagles 7s. A huge host of those names came from the ARPTC, the first of its kind 7s immersion program for women. Most thought that over the long term it would pay dividends but few would have thought that they team would come on this summer, with its young core, and dominate the women's club 7s field. One of the big reasons for that dominance was Rachel Hunter Griendling, who takes home our Women's Club 7s Player of the Year.

Now a member of the team at the OTC, Griendling emerged from a less known path as a basketball player and swimmer to a rugby player while at Elon University.  From there she played several seasons with the D.C. Furies before blossoming with the ARPTC this last summer. During the summer Griendling showed up at the right moments and was big with her boot. At the Club 7s Nationals she scored five tries and picked up several key conversions as the ARPTC, including in the final against the Seattle Saracens. Teammates like Jessica Wooden and Abby Vestal were also important to the team but it was Griendling's overall effort that we felt put her over the top and we expect big things from her over the next year.

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  1. Hunter needn't be in quotes. It is her given middle name, and she's been known as Hunter since childhood. Thanks.
    --Bob Griendling (i before e, except after c.)

  2. She also represented the USA at the Touch World Cup playing for the first ever Women's Open Team coached by Ivan Pomare.
    Charles Sanderson