Kelter returns home after Rugby World Cup

Kelter enjoying the Rugby World Cup Sevens in San Francisco. The scrum half was unable to play because of a neck injury. (Courtesy: Neariah Persinger)

ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - It’s time for some rest and relaxation for Eagle River’s Alev Kelter, who returned home from the World Cup Sevens in San Francisco where the U.S. women’s team took fourth.

“We went in wanting to show the world we are a top-four team, and we ended up getting fourth place,” said Kelter.

The United States came up short of the bronze medal, losing to Australia 24-14.

“It was unbelievable to have the World Cup on home soil in San Francisco the entire stadium was sold out, and our women had an amazing showing,” said Kelter.

Kelter had to watch the World Cup from the sidelines after suffering a neck injury during a game in Paris, a blow for her team as well since she is the team’s leading scorer.

“With (the injury) coming so close to the World Cup, almost being cleared it was bittersweet,” said Kelter.

But the 27-year-old has plenty to look forward to as the U.S. women’s rugby team looks to qualify for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.

“Last Olympics was two years before I’ve even touched a rugby ball, this will be almost my fourth year playing rugby. It will be an unbelievable experience to represent our country in Tokyo,” said Kelter.

Until then, Kelter says she hopes to enjoy some fishing in Alaska for the couple weeks she’s home on vacation.

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