Sacrifice rewards WSU rugby gals: In Final 4

THIS TRIP TO THE final four was built on car washes and bus rides and sacrifice. There are no scholarships in college club sports, just the chance to play the game you love. And today, Washington State's women's rugby team is in Palo Alto, Calif., for a shot at immortality. They're in the Final Four, just two wins away from the Division II national title.

This morning the Cougs square off against Norwich, a team that glided through the Northeast region and now sports the number one seeding. They crushed Portland, Stonybrook and Vassar to get to the finals.

The Cougars, though, are no strangers to the spotlight. They won the national title two years ago. They are led by twin sisters Megan and Alexis Bonny, seniors from Union Gap just outside Yakima.

WSU is 12-0 and won the Pacific Coast region by a large margin, outscoring Santa Cruz and Humboldt State by a collective 111-5 score before starting play in nationals with a blow out of Cal-State Northridge, 113-0. They followed that with a 34-7 win over Wyoming to earn their Final Four berth.

The winner of the WSU-Norwich game will play Staurday for the championship against the winner of Shippensburg vs. Winona State.

"Key for us has been our dynamic style of play," WSU head coach Leah Hammond said. "We have a lot of cohesiveness in this squad. We know Norwich is going to be a physical team that is going to try to poach the ball, so being in and around the breakdowns, getting a clean ball to our scrum half and attacking from different angles will be huge."

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