PART 4 of 4
In the Elite 8, Kelley drew Tatijana Stewart, who is an up and coming Junior fencer. Tatijana knocked off the #1 seed in the DE Table, Isis Washington (curse of the first!) earlier. Kelley out-experienced the Junior fencer and won 15-8. Courtney was also matched against a Junior fencer, Kasia Nixon (the older sister of Karolina Nixon, who lost to Kat Holmes in the round of 32). Courtney prevailed 15-7. On to the Final 4!
For those of you who follow tennis, you all know about Serena and Venus Williams. Over the years, you have probably seen these sisters play each other on some of the biggest stages in the world. Although, we don’t exactly have the fame of the Williams sisters (yet), the same predicament still happens to us from time to time. The Hurleygurrls were each other’s opponent in the Final 4. One of us was not going to be in the gold medal bout. On this particular day, Kelley outscored her younger sister and moved on the gold medal bout; Courtney had to be satisfied with third place (after all, someone had to provide the live Instagram story feed!). Not bad for someone who started the day off not sure if she was going to be able to compete at all!
Kelley met fellow Notre Dame Irish fencer, Amanda Sirico, in the final match of the day. Kelley has had trouble with Amanda in the past. She has a feisty and aggressive game! On this particular day, however, Amanda was no match for the left-handed “surgeon” (a name that many people gave Kelley in the past because of her precision in her “operating room,” the fencing strip). Kelley defeated Amanda 15-10 and won her 3rd-in-a-row North American Cup title.
First and third places for the season opener for the Hurleygurrls! We’re off to a super start!
We caught a red-eye flight back to Houston about 4 hours after the competition ended and arrived in H-town at about 2am on Tuesday morning. We had enough time to unpack, wash our uniforms, and re-pack for our first international competition of the season to Tallinn, Estonia on Wednesday afternoon!
If you want to watch the Gold Medal bout, you can view it on USA Fencing’s YouTube Channel (below). Kelley is on the left side (red light). It is about 10 minutes long.
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