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Whitman's Alpy wins epee gold at Brentwood again
The final bout of the 2013 Jeff Wolfe Holiday Fencing Tournament was arguably its most compelling, featuring two of the top girls epee fencers on Long Island.
Whitman junior Alexandria Alpy defeated Ward-Melville’s Melanie Holl 15-8 to win the girls epee final at the Brentwood tournament for the second straight season.
Despite the high profile match, Alpy was unaffected by the pressure. “I know how to be calm,” she said after the bout, attributing her ability to keep cool to her time fencing in national competitions, as well her experience winning the Brentwood tournament last December.
Alpy also spoke highly of her opponent after the bout. “She always wins, she’s a great fencer,” Alpy said of Holl.
Whitman coach Kathleen Kolakowski had some complimentary words of her own, praising Alpy as “an incredible fencer and an extremely hard worker.”
After the bout, Alpy was surrounded by both teammates and fencers from other schools, in a moment that exemplified the sport's unique sense of camaraderie.
“Through years of fencing, you get to know everyone,” Alpy said. “It’s like a family.”
“When you’re on the strip,” she added, “you have to put a mask on, and when you’re off the strip, the mask comes off.” The mask, Alpy agreed, is emblematic of the special relationship the athletes have, as both competitors and friends.
As for Alpy’s expectations this season, her first focus was on her team.
“I want our team to do well,” she said, adding she has high hopes for her epee squad which she will help lead.
In terms of her personal goals, she said “it’s just [about] doing the best I can. Losing is fine, but if I lose, I want to lose well.”
If past results are any indication, this is not something Alpy will have to worry about often.
Henriquez wins saber thriller
In the girls saber final, Brentwood's Stephanie Henriquez came back from 14-11 down to defeat Garden City's Caitlin Gallant 15-14.
"I never lost hope," Henriquez said after the bout, adding her relief was only exceeded by her happiness.
Brentwood coach Allison Finfrock praised her gold medalist as the "most dedicated girl on the team," adding she "thinks she's gonna get the same color at counties."