Nunley, Mandel claim UAA fencer of the week honors
Nunley and Mandel earned silver medal honors in Judges' first competition
Nunley and Mandel earned silver medal honors in the women's foil and men's saber competitions, respectively, at the Judges' first competition of 2011-12, the New England Intercollegiate Fencing Conference (NEIFC) Fall Invitational, also known as "The Big One".
Nunley was particularly dominant in reaching the women's foil finals. In pool play, she went 6-0 and allowed just a single touch in all six bouts combined to share the top seed in the elimination event. She earned a first-round bye before ousting foes from MIT (15-1), Vassar (15-6), MIT again (15-2), Brown (15-13) and New Hampshire (15-5) before bowing to NCAA qualifier Kathryn Hawrot from Brown in the finals by a 15-9 score. Nunley finished with a 10-1 record overall. This is her second UAA Athlete of the Week honor.
In his silver medal performance, Mandel also went 6-0 in pool play, allowing just eight touches for a +22 indicator. As the third seed in the elimination bracket, he defeated opponents from New Hampshire (15-3), Tufts (15-8), Sacred Heart (15-9), teammate and classmate Jess Ochs-Willard, (15-11) and the top seed from Brown (15-8) before falling to another Sacred Heart opponent in the finals by a 15-4 score, finishing the day with an 11-1 record.
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