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Madison Zeiss and Alen Hadzic Place 10th at WUGs

07/09/2013, 5:30am CDT
By Nicole Jomantas

(Colorado Springs, Colo.) – Madison Zeiss (Notre Dame, Ind.) and Alen Hadzic (New York City, N.Y.) each earned career best results on Monday when they placed 10th at the World University Games in Kazan Russia.

Zeiss, who won bronze for Notre Dame in foil at the 2013 NCAA Championships, placed 10th in a field that included 2012 Olympic team silver medalists Inna Deriglazova (RUS) and Larisa Korobeynikova (RUS).

Seeded eighth after a 4-1 result in the pools, Zeiss defeated Risa Kawamura (JPN), 15-9, in the table of 32. Zeiss lost her next bout against 2012 Junior World Champion Alice Volpi, 15-10, to place 10th overall.

Zeiss’s teammates, Olivia Dobbs (Detroit Mich. / Wayne State) and Luona Wang (Birmingham, Ala. / U Penn) each advanced to the table of 32.

Dobbs finished 3-2 in the pools for a 16th seed in the direct elimination tables. Wang went 2-3 to earn a 24th seed.

Dobbs lost to 2006 Cadet World medalist Delphine Groslambert (BEL), 15-12, and placed 17th.

Wang placed 24th after a 15-4 loss to Volpi who went on to win bronze.

Hadzic, a 2010 Junior World Team member who fences for Columbia, has fenced in just one senior international event in his young career, but his 10th place result marks his best result.

After a 4-2 finish in the pools, Hadzic entered the table of 64 as the 20th seed and defeated Elmir Alimzhanov (KAZ), 15-11.

In the table of 32, Hadzic edged Yuval Shalom Freilich (ISR), 15-14. Hadzic finished 10th after a 15-10 loss to Sten Prinitis (EST) in the table of 16.

Former NCAA Champion Jonathan Yergler (Princenton, N.J.) posted a 4-1 pool record and advanced to the table of 64 where he lost to Pavel Sukhov (RUS), 15-6. The Princeton graduate finished 41st overall.

Ohio State fencer Narayan Pathi (Las Vegas, Nev.) lost in the table of 128 to David Paul Neilson Shorey (CAN), 15-14, to finish 65th. 

Pathi's OSU teammate, Matthew Bogard (Westlake, Ohio), did not advance out of the pool rounds.

Competition continues on Tuesday with the men’s foil and women’s saber events.

Top eight and U.S. results are as follows:

Men’s Individual Epee
1. Chao Dong (CHN)
2. Ruslan Kurbanov (KAZ)
3. Max Heinzer (SUI)
3. Tristan Tulen (NED)
5. Sten Priinits (EST)
6. Andrea Santarelli (ITA)
7. Sergey Khodos (RUS)
8. Yoshiki Hirano (JPN)

10. Alen Hadzic (New York City, N.Y.)
41. Jonathan Yergler (Princeton, N.J.)
65. Narayan Pathi (Las Vegas, Nev.)
82. Matthew Bogard (Westlake, Ohio)

Women’s Individual Foil
1. Inna Deriglazova (RUS)
2. Larisa Korobeynikova (RUS)
3. Alice Volpi (ITA)
3. Diana Yakoleva (RUS)
5. Shiho Nishioka (JPN)
6. Yongshi Liu (CHN)
7. Marta Lyczbinska (POL)
8. Jinyan Chen (CHN)

10. Madison Zeiss (Notre Dame, Ind.)
17. Olivia Dobbs (Detroit, Mich.)
24. Luona Wang (Birmingham, Ala.)

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