CLEVELAND, Ohio – Sophomore Alexander Massialas dominated in the finals of the November North American Cup on Monday, winning 15-6 to capture the title.
“It feels good,” said Massialas. “It has been awhile since I have competed on the national circuit so it was good to start the season strong.”
Massialas was one of six members of the Stanford fencing team who competed unattached at the four-day event in Cleveland, Ohio.
He went head-to-head with the No. 1 seed in the competition, Gerek Meinhardt. The championship bout was one-sided, however, has Massialas, the No. 3 seed, crusied to the win. Massialas also cruised to a win in the semfinals, knocking out Aaron Ahn by the score of 15-4.
“I have had some big battles with Gerek in the past,” said Massialas. “I was able to fence well in the finals and make adjustments to what he was doing. In the semifinals I was facing someone who had a good day but was new to the senior level. My experience helped guide me through it.”
Getting to the semifinals was a tougher road for the 2012 Olympian. It took a 15-14 decision to get past the No. 10 seed Race Imboden in the round of 16 and a 15-13 win over Brian Kaneshige in the quarterfinals to get there.
In pool play, Massialas won with ease in his six contests. He then claimed three victories, including one against Nick Kubik that sent him on to the final 16 bracket.
Senior Turner Caldwell also competed in the Division I men’s foil. Like Massialas, he notched a 6-0 record in pool play. He started the second round matches with two victories but could not make it to the final bracket as he lost to the No. 17 seed Axel Kiefer, 15-3. Caldwell finished in 21st place among a field of 193 participants.
The top finisher on the women’s side from Stanford was sophomore Vivian Kong. She earned a top-10 finish in the Division I women’s epee. As the No. 2 seed, she won all six of her matches in pool play and picked up two more victories in the second round of action to move on to the final 16 bracket.
She won her round of 16 contest, 15-10, against Canada’s Jorquera Palmer and then claimed a 15-8 victory over Canada’s Joanna Guy. The first loss for Kong was only by two touches as she was eliminated by the No. 6 seed, Margherita Guzzi Vincenti of Italy.
Also in the Division I women’s epee was senior Francesca Bassa. She went undefeated in pool play with a 6-0 record and won each of her two matches in the second round of action to advance to the final bracket. She would go on to lose her first bout, 15-13, and her consolation match, 10-9. She would wind up placing 25th out of 170 competitors.
Sophomore Avery Youngblood competed in the Division I women’s sabre. After splitting her six matches in pool play, she won her first second round contest but would then suffer a defeat against the No. 2 seeded Monica Aksamit, 15-6. Youngblood finished the tournament in 58th place out of 123 in the field.
Freshman Eliza Klyce took on a field of 127 in the Division I women’s foil. She was unable to advance past the pool play and would end up tied for 111th overall.The next event in USA Fencing will be the December North American Cup, which will take place Dec. 13-16 in Dallas, Texas.