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Lee Kiefer Places Fifth, Team USA Finishes Sixth at Tauberbischofsheim Foil World Cup

03/18/2014, 10:45pm CDT
By Nicole Jomantas

(Colorado Springs, Colo.) – London Olympian Lee Kiefer (Lexington, Ky.) earned her second straight top-eight finish of the season on Saturday at the Tauberbischofsheim Foil World Cup in Germany.

The Notre Dame sophomore placed seventh in her last appearance on the circuit at the Budapest World Cup in February and added a fifth-place result in Tauberbischofsheim to maintain her No. 12 World Ranking.

Seeded 11th, Kiefer fenced Irina Elesina (RUS) in the table of 64 and built a 13-4 lead in the second period. Although Elesina made a late comeback, Kiefer held off the Russian to win the bout, 15-12.

In the table of 32, it was Kiefer’s turn to go on a scoring run. Up 8-6 in the second period, the 2011 Senior World bronze medalist outscored Anastasia Ivanova (RUS), 7-1, and finished the bout, 15-7.

Kiefer fenced Columbia freshman Margaret Lu (Greenwich, Conn.) in the table of 16. Although the two have fenced each other frequently on the domestic circuit, Saturday marked just the fourth time Kiefer and Lu have competed against each other internationally with Kiefer winning their three previous match-ups.

Lu tied the bout at five in the first period, but Kiefer scored three straight to take an 8-5 lead. Kiefer held her three-touch advantage through the next two periods and won the bout, 15-12.

In the quarter-finals, Kiefer kept her bout against 2012 Olympic Champion Elisa Di Francisca (ITA) close with the score tied at nine late in the second period, but Di Francisca finished the bout with a 15-10 victory.

Nzingha Prescod (Brooklyn, N.Y.), a London Olympian and Columbia junior, entered the tournament as a fifth seed and started the tournament strong with a 15-6 win over Mina Kim (KOR) in the table of 64.

Prescod lost her next bout in overtime, 10-9, to Bingbing Chen (CHN) and finished 18th.

Kiefer, Lu, Prescod and 2013 Cadet World medalist Sabrina Massialas (San Francisco, Calif.) fended in the team competition on Sunday.

Kiefer anchored Team USA to a 45-22 win over Japan in the table of 16, but lost to Korea, the 2012 Olympic bronze medalist team, by a score of 45-13 in the quarters.

Massialas stepped in as anchor for the first time in a senior event in Team USA’s next match against China and led Team USA to a 36-28 win.

In the match for sixth place, Kiefer returned to anchor, but the Americans were unable to hold off Germany who won the match, 45-40.

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Click here to view complete individual results.

Tauberbischofsheim Individual Foil World Cup
1. Martina Batini (ITA)
2. Elisa Di Francisca (ITA)
3. Hee Sook Jeon (KOR)
3. Ines Boubakri (TUN)
5. Lee Kiefer (Lexington, Ky.)
6. Olga Leleyko (UKR)
7. Alice Volpi (ITA)
8. Anita Blaze (FRA)

13. Margaret Lu (Greenwich, Conn.)
18. Nzingha Prescod (Brooklyn, N.Y.)
79. Sabrina Massialas (San Francisco, Calif.)
85. Jessie Laffey (Glen Ridge, N.J.)
96. Madison Zeiss (Culver City, Calif.)
122. Nicole Ross (New York City, N.Y.)
136. Kate Northrop (Bridgewater, N.J.)

Tauberbischofsheim Team World Cup
1. Italy
2. France
3. Russia
4. Korea
5. Germany
6. USA
7. China
8. Ukraine

 

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