The Fresno State women’s rugby club is ranked No. 1 in the nation in Division 2 and will compete for the national championship Friday and Saturday, May 4 and 5, in Fullerton.

Fresno State’s club defeated UC Irvine 74-14 to advance to the USA Rugby Final Four. Fresno State will take on Tulane in a semifinal match at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Titan Stadium on the campus of Cal State Fullerton. The other semifinal match is between Claremont College and Salisbury University of North Carolina.

The two winners will play at 10:30 a.m. Saturday for the national title.

Fresno State finished the regular season undefeated in conference play. The club won its conference championship with a 78-17 win over Nevada on April 7 at Cal Maritime Academy in Vallejo. Fresno State earned a first-round bye before defeating UC Irvine.

For more information, contact club coach Amber Cluff at 559.681.4709 or, or coach Barry Foley at 559.285.3309 or at

University Communications news intern Yesenia Candelaria contributed to this report.