Kelter sets record, leads USA women to Sevens Series championship

Tuesday, October 8, 2019 - 10:07
  • Alev Kelter (USA Rugby)

Alev Kelter’s 30th tournament appearance at the Women’s Rugby Sevens Series was special in more ways than one.

The Alaskan became the most-capped player in the history of USA Women’s rugby sevens on Oct. 5 when she suited up for the the national team at the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series in Glendale, Colorado. The next day, Kelter truly made it a weekend to remember by leading the team to victory in the championship match against Australia.

Kelter scored a try and two conversions in the team’s 26-7 win over Australia Sunday. The victory was the second straight cup championship and secured a No. 1 ranking for the Americans.

A 2009 Chugiak High grad, Kelter was a multisport star for the Mustangs who was named the Anchorage Daily News Girls Athlete of the Year in 2008. The 5-foot-6, 160-pound scrum half played hockey and soccer at the University of Wisconsin before transitioning to rugby. She made her first appearance at the HSBC Sevens Series in 2014 and in was a member of the USA team at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio.

The next tournament in the Sevens Series is Dec. 5-6 in Dubai.

CORRECTION: A previous version of this story misstated the state in which the tournament was held.

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