Nunley, Mandel earn UAA Athlete of the Week honors

WALTHAM, Mass. – Brandeis University junior Vikki Nunley of Glen Gardner, N.J., and rookie Adam Mandel of White Plains, N.Y., have been selected as University Athletic Association Fencers of the Week for Nov. 8.

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 against 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 of Montclair, N.Y., (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.

      Nunley is a 2009 graduate of Voorhees High School. She is the daughter of William and Rosalia Nunley, Glen Gardner, N.Y.

      Mandel is a 2011 graduate of The Masters School, Dobbs Ferry, N.Y. He is the son of Drs. Eric and Karen Mandel, White Plains, N.Y.