Naya Tapper began her rugby career in 2012 when she played for her alma matter at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill after completing a promising career in track at her high school. An All-American athlete before stepping on to the rugby scene, Tapper’s abilities only advanced when she made her debut with the USA Women's Sevens at the 2016 Sao Paulo Sevens tournament.
That summer, Tapper also earned her first international XVs cap with the USA Women's National Team against France during the 2016 Women's Super Series. Tapper was later selected to the Rugby World Cup 2017 squad where she helped her teammates reach the tournament semifinal.
Tapper has been a mainstay on the World Rugby Sevens Series, finishing second overall in tries her first year and one of the best to ever step on the sevens pitch, leading the USA Women’s Sevens program in all-time career tries. A testament to that, Tapper would earn a spot on the Tokyo 2020 Olympic roster.