The Ohio Valley Women’s Collegiate Rugby Conference (OVWCRC) is one of the largest leagues within National Collegiate Rugby (NCR), and with 17 teams competing in three different competitions, scheduling is a massive task. Nonetheless, OVWCRC’s Dave Ferguson has penciled in more than 100 7s and 15s matches for the impending fall season, which begins Sept. 10 and culminates Nov. 5 before moving into post-seasons.
The 17 teams are divided into three competitions. Division I is Ball State Univ., Univ. Cincinnati, IU/PU Indianapolis and Miami Univ. of Ohio. Cincinnati has been the long-dominating team in the state; however, IU/PU Indianapolis impressed in its inaugural season last year. Driven by founding member Karsen Rust, the team won the 2021 fall 7s championship and rode that momentum to the CRC 7s championship in New Orleans in June. Now it’s time to move into 15s and IU/PUI is a great addition to the DI field. Teams will play each other home and away between Sept. 17-Nov. 5 before heading into playoffs.
Baldwin Wallace Univ., Denison Univ., Grace College, Kenyon College and College of Wooster are in the Small College 15s division. Everyone plays each other once and can fill the bye weeks with friendlies (Gannon Univ. out of the Allegheny conference is a prominent friendly competition this fall). The Yellow Jackets were the top team last season, going undefeated in the fall and finishing 3rd overall at the NCR Small College 7s National Championship.
The fall 7s division, however, is the most robust in terms of participating teams. Earlham College, Univ. Findlay, Oberlin College, Ohio Univ., Ohio Wesleyan Univ., Univ. Southern Indiana, Taylor Univ. and Tiffin Univ. will compete in a five-tournament series before the championship event on Nov. 12. There are also non-series events at Taylor (Oct. 1), Ohio Univ. (Oct. 8) and Southern Indiana (Oct. 15) that teams may opt into.
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