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Vivian Kong
French Connection
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 02/28/2014

ST. MAUR, France – Sophomore Vivian Kong and senior Francesca Bassa each put together strong performances on the first day of the Senior Epee World Cup event in St. Maur, France on Friday.

In all there were 205 competitors entered in the field. Due to her impressive performance that led to a 6-0 record in pool play on day one, Kong solidified a bye through the first two table rounds. As the No. 17 seed, she will face No. 48 Vanessa Galantine of France in the round of 64 on Saturday.

Kong swept through the No. 14 pool, picking up wins against Clementine Fernandez of France, Talia Espinosa of Mexico, Natalie Vie of the U.S., Maria Sheila Garcia de Andres of Spain, Kristina Kuusk of Estonia and Sofia Pereira of Portugal.

Bassa advanced through pool play with a record of 4-2. She came out of pool No. 11 where she defeated Aphiwe Tuku of Russia, Pauline Chretien of France, Rie Ohashi of Japan and Sera Song of Korea.

In the round of 128, Bassa bested her opponent, Jinsil Yu of Korea, 15-11. Her run ended in the round of 64 with an 11-7 loss against Romania’s Ana Maria Constantin. Bassa was one of four United States fencers to make the round of 64.

The remainder of the individual matches will take place on Saturday with the team portion of the World Cup event scheduled for Sunday.


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