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March 24, 2020 - BYU Women's Rugby News

Seattle, Wash - BYU Seniors, Emily Briggs, and Alisa Baker were nominated for the MA Sorensen Award for USA's Top Women's College Rugby Player of the Year.

The MA Sorensen Award named after MaryAnn Sorensen, an outstanding player for William & Mary who won a 1991 Women's Rugby World Cup with the USA, and went on to become a hugely successful domestic player and coach. In her professional life, Sorensen is a well-respected and accomplished doctor of anesthesiology, and is currently one of the many hardworking medical professionals on the front lines combating the COVID-19 outbreak.

The award is sponsored by and presented by the Washington Athletic Club of Seattle, Wash. Normally, this award would be presented at a gala event in Seattle in June. But due to the Covid-19 outbreak, that event will not be held this year.

The MA Sorensen Award panel of coaches and experts from around the country will now vote to select the winner from the group of finalists.

Here are the nominees:

2019-2020 MA Sorensen Award Nominees
Sui A'au Central Washington Center
Destiny Arena Lindenwood Hooker
Alisa Baker BYU Center
Cassidy Bargell Harvard Scrumhalf
Emily Briggs BYU Prop
Caring DeFreitas Lindenwood Win
Alex DiMarco Army Center
Kaylee Eskeli Air Force No. 8
Denecia Fernandes Cal Scrumhalf
Jessica Gentle Wyoming Center
Giovanna Lewis Ferguson Army Flanker
Brogan Mior Harvard Center
Olivia Ortiz Davenport Scrumhalf
Nika Paogofie Buyten Lindenwood Flanker
Ariana Ramsey Dartmouth Wing
Spiff Sedrick Life Center
Sarah  Skinner Navy No. 8
Samantha  Sullivan Army Fullback
Juah Toe West Chester Flanker
Adrienne Yoder Air Force Center

 Click here to vote for them!  Voting closed on April 3, 2020. 

UPDATE: Utah Youth Rugby's very own, Herriman High School and Life University women's rugby standout center Alexandria "Spiff" Sedrick was named the MA Sorensen Award Winner as the top women's college player in the country for the 2019-2020 season. Congratulations to Alex Sedrick!

BYU Women's Rugby Coach Tom Waqa & Alex Sedrick at a recent tournament in Glendale, CO.
Alex Sedrick pictured with her 2014 Utah High School All Stars Lions tour rugby coach & current BYU women's rugby head coach Tom Waqa at a college rugby tournament this past Fall 2019.