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Announcing Sorensen & Scholz 2020 award winners

Telea-Ilalio; Saint Mary’s photo

Saint Mary’s Payton Telea Ilalio has been selected as winner of the 2020 Rudy Scholz Award as the top U.S. men’s collegiate rugby player, and Life University’s Alexandria “Spiff” Sedrick has been selected as winner of the 2020 MA Sorensen Award as the top U.S. women’s collegiate rugby player.

Telea Ilalio is the first prop and first tight five forward of any kind to win the award. Fan and team voting around the country pared the group of nominees down to five finalists. Selecting the Scholz Award winner was then the task of the Rudy Scholz Award Panel, which included Ohio State University head coach Tom Rooney, University of Arizona head coach Sean Duffy, U.S. Naval Academy head coach and former All-American head coach Gavin Hickie, Dartmouth head coach and current All-American head coach James Willocks, former Central Washington University head coach Tony Pacheco, journalist Austin Willis, and Goff Rugby Report editor and Scholz Award coordinator Alex Goff.

Sedrick; Life University photo

On the women’s side, Sedrick is a speedy wing/center who ignited the Life University offense in 7s and 15s. Sedrick was also named to the USA Falcons team that won the L.A. Invitational Women’s Elite bracket. Sedrick scored for the Falcons in the final to help secure that win.

Fan and team voting around the country pared the group of nominees down to five finalists. Selecting the Sorensen Award winner was then the task of the MA Sorensen Award Panel, which included USA Rugby’s head of collegiate rugby Johnathan Atkeison, BYU head coach Tom Waqa, Life University head coach Rosalind Chou, Quinnipiac head coach Becky Carlson, Air Force Academy head coach and commissioner of NIRA Amy Rusert, editor of The Rugby Breakdown Jackie Finlan, and Goff Rugby Report editor and Sorensen Award coordinator Alex Goff.

—This story was modified from Goff Rugby Report. See in-copy links for further details and player bios.

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