The Fresno State women’s rugby team is getting ready to face its biggest challenge in the Women’s Division II National Championship. (Fresno State Women’s Rugby)

Fresno State women’s rugby club ranked No. 1 in the nation

The Fresno State women’s rugby club is ranked No. 1 in the nation for Division 2 collegiate sports, according to a news release from the university.

The team is scheduled to compete in the National Competition Friday and Saturday in Fullerton. They defeated University of California Irvine 74-14 and advanced to the USA Rugby Final Four.

The Bulldogs will take on Tulane in a semifinal match at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Titan Stadium at California State University 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, according to the news release.

The university further stated: 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.