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US Epee Women Place 13th in Paris

11/12/2010, 2:27am CST
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For Immediate Release
12 November 2010
In Paris today at the 2010 World Fencing Championships, the US women’s epee team lost two matches and then won two to finish the day in 13th place.
The US team of Lindsay Campbell (Brooklyn, N.Y.), Courtney Hurley (San Antonio, Texas), Kelley Hurley (San Antonio, Texas) and Maya Lawrence (Teaneck, N.J.) opened up the day in the round of 16 against China.
Lauren Willock (Astoria, N.Y.) was slated to fence, but had to return home for personal reasons. Maya Lawrence, who currently lives and trains in France, took her place on the strip.
The Chinese women opened up a three-point lead in the first encounter of the match and never looked back. A mid-match 5-2 rally by Lawrence moved the US team up to within one touch (7-8), but the Chinese women quickly pulled ahead and the end of the match was a race by the US to see how many touches the women could make up.
The score of the last encounter, between Lawrence and China’s Xiaojuan Luo, was an incredible 19-23, resulting in an end of match total of 43-28 for the Chinese.
In placement rounds, the US team suffered another defeat, this time in the hands of Italy (45-27). The team rebounded by defeating Canada 45-21 and then Japan 19-16 to finish in 13th place.
The medal rounds have yet to conclude. This release will be amended later in the day to reflect final standings.
The 2010 World Fencing Championships concludes tomorrow in Paris, France with the Men’s Team Epee event and with what promises to be a spectacular closing ceremonies. -

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