PART 3 of 4
The DE round progressed smoothly as the Hurleygurrls defeated each of their opponents without much difficulty. Their early rounds included scores of 15-5, 15-4, and 15-10. In the Sweet 16, Kelley was matched with a USA Olympian teammate, Kat Holmes, who is a formidable opponent! They both lost a bout in the pool and as a result, were matched up much earlier than usual. Unfortunately, the loser of this bout was not going to make the Elite 8. The score see-sawed back and forth until Kelley finally took control in the last few minutes. The final score was 15-13 in favor of Kelley.
While Kelley was busy fighting off Kat, Courtney was paired with an opponent that she did not know well, Pauline Hamilton. Courtney prevailed 10-6 after two non-combativity calls in each of the first 2 periods. Courtney went into the third period down 4-2 and as the period started, she turned up the heat. Fortunately, her ankle held and she was able to put together some great attacks to win the bout. The Hurleygurrls were now on to the Elite 8 together!
Eating during a competition has always been a weak spot for us. It’s hard to eat a big breakfast because, first of all, you have to get up early enough to order and eat a big breakfast! Secondly, it just isn’t fun competing with a full stomach. Although eating during a competition is a challenge all by itself, the challenge has grown significantly since we both became vegetarians. The days we could buy a turkey sandwich at the venue are over! This time, we nibbled on blueberry muffins, yogurt smoothies, bananas, and a few Oreo cookies (these are very important!). Before the Elite 8, we popped a Shaklee Performance Energy Chew to top off the tank.
— Stay Tuned! Part 4 will be posted tomorrow! —