Club presidents discuss seasons, what’s next for teams

Belle Rugby hopes for even better season next fall semester

By Rosanna Aguilera
On April 27, 2017

Photo contributed by Rambelle Rugby

Aspen Escamilla, president of Rambelle Rugby, talked about their year and her views on the team.

"We’ve had girls who never played a sport in high school to girls who played rugby, swam competitively, played soccer, softball, tennis, did CrossFit, powerlifted, wrestled collegiately, were involved in ROTC and the list goes on and on," Escamilla said.

Escamilla said they encourage people of all backgrounds and body types to come out onto the rugby pitch with them.

"Last semester, there was a time when we had about 20-25 rookies on the team, and most of those girls stuck it out and were on the field with us when we beat UNT to win the State Championship," Escamilla said.

Escamilla said they practice Monday/Wednesday from 5-7 p.m. on the Intramural Fields and Tuesday/Thursday from 5-6 p.m. at the CHP, and will resume when the fall semester starts.

Escamilla said the first big accomplishment was having about 30 people on the roster at their first tournament.

"This is our second year to be a RSO, and we were so pumped to have increased our numbers from the 15-20 we had last year to the 30 we had at the beginning of this year," Escamilla said.

Escamilla said their second highlight was beating UTSA to start off their conference games.

"In all my years on the team, we had never beat them, and to come out that first conference game and put it on them at our home field, was awesome," Escamilla said.

The third thing that Escamilla would consider a highlight was beating UNT to finish up their conference.

"That game completed our conference and put us as the undefeated conference champs," Escamilla said.

Lastly, and without a doubt their biggest highlight, was the state tournament.

"We ended up going against UNT again and we knew that they weren’t going to lie down without a fight," Escamilla said. "At the end of that game, we had girls screaming, hugging, running around and crying. It was an amazing feeling to be in that position with all of the girls."

Escamilla said her favorite part about being on the team is the comradery and how so many different backgrounds can come together collectively and be successful.

"My mom always calls us a band of misfits because she truly believes that anyone can find a place on the rugby team," Escamilla said. "With that said, I really hope that if someone is reading this article and has even the slightest bit of interest in playing, that they will shoot me an email and come give us a chance."

People can contact Escamilla at aescamilla6@angelo.edu or at rambellerugby on Instagram.

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