The Mid-Atlantic women's All-Star 7s team defeated the Pacific Coast 17-15 in Sunday's final of the last National All-Star Championships.
Both teams came into the match undefeated, but in different ways. The Mid-Atlantic had to really work for their games, having beaten the Northeast on Saturday by only 17-14, and they needed overtime to get by Southern California 10-5 in the semis.
The Grizzlies, for their part, had mauled everyone, beating their first five opponents by an average score of 32-2. They were unscored upon in a quarterfinal defeat of the South, and a semifinal defeat of the Stars & Stripes USA development team.
In the finals, though, it was a different story. Pacific got two tries from Nathalie Marchino and a try from Sarah Davis, but could not convert any. Meanwhile the Sharks scored through Rhi Clark, Hunter Griendling and Sam Pankey, with Amanda Street getting the all-important conversion for the two-point win.
"They took advantage of a few mistakes, as good teams will do," said Pacific Coast Coach Brandon Sparks.
Mid-Atlantic Coach Dana Creager praised her team's work ethic.
"We played as a team and all 12 players were able to contribute," she said. "They continued to improve every game and played with so much heart."