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U.S. Women’s Epee Team Places Eighth, Men’s Saber Finishes 15th at WUGs

07/11/2013, 3:00pm CDT
By Nicole Jomantas

(Colorado Springs, Colo.) – Team competition began on Wednesday at the World University Games in Kazan, Russia with U.S. women’s epee and men’s saber squads taking the strip.

Featuring a trio of former Junior World medalists, the U.S. Women’s Epee Team drew China in the table of 16 – a nation whose program has produced many of the best women’s epee fencers in the world.

Fencing in her final competition before the Senior Worlds next month, two-time Junior World Team medalist Katharine Holmes (Washington, D.C. / Princeton) came from behind to anchor Team USA to a 45-43 victory.

In the quarter-finals, Holmes and teammates Francesca Bassa (Houston, Texas / Stanford), Ashley Severson (Franklin Lakes, N.J. / Notre Dame) and Courtney Dumas (Shaker Heights, Ohio / Northwestern) took on Poland.

With the score tied at five after the first two bouts, two-time Junior World medalist Severson outscored Katarzyna Dabrowa, a 2009 Junior World Team medalist and Ohio State graduate, by two touches to give Team USA a 9-7 lead. Bassa, a 2009 Junior World Team medalist, blanked the next bout against three-time Junior World medalist Dominika Mosler and Severson gave Team USA a three-touch lead when she outscored Renata Knapik, 7-6.

In the sixth period, Holmes held the lead for Team USA when she tied Dabrowa, 8-8, to take the score to 24-21. Severson won her third bout of the day with an 8-7 win over Mosler in the seventh bout, but Dabrowa brought Poland back into contention when she won the eighth bout, 10-7, against Bassa. With Poland down by just a touch, Knapik made a comeback in her anchor bout against Holmes to give Poland the win, 45-39.

In the opening bout of the men’s saber competition, Adrian Bak (Franklin Lakes, N.J. / Penn State), Kaito Streets (Redwood City, Calif. / Penn State), Donovan Deans (Tempe, Ariz. / Arizona State) and Thomas Kolasa (Princeton, N.J. / Harvard) faced a Russian team that was anchored by 2012 Olympic bronze medalist Nikolay Kovalev and included 2010 Senior World medalist Veniamin Reshetnikov and 2013 Junior World Champion Kamil Ibragimov.

Team USA lost the table of 16 bout to the eventual gold medalists, 45-29, and placed 15th overall.

Competition continues on Thursday with the men’s epee and women’s foil team events.

Visit www.kazan2013.ru for complete results.

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

Women’s Team Epee
1. France
2. Korea
3. Ukraine
4. Poland
5. Russia
6. Estonia
7. Romania
8. USA

Men’s Team Saber
1. Russia
2. Italy
3. France
4. Korea
5. Ukraine
6. Georgia
7. China
8. Mexico

15. USA

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