(Photo Courtesy: University of Notre Dame)

(Photo Courtesy: University of Notre Dame) (July 30, 2012)

LONDON – Notre Dame senior fencer Courtney Hurley lost her opening match in the Women’s Individual Epee Monday at the 2012 Olympic Games.

Hurley, the current top ranked American epeeist, led 5-3 early against France’s Laura Flessel-Colovic in her first bout of the games. However, Flessel-Colovic answered with four of the next six touches to tie the bout at 7-7 at the end of the first period.

Hurley erased a two-touch deficit in period number two to square the contest at 11-all.  Flessel-Colovic claimed two of the next three touches to take a 13-12 lead, then earned the final two touches of the bout to defeat Hurley 15-12 in the third period (17:43).

Hurley is scheduled to take part in the Women’s Team Epee Aug. 4 to close out her 2012 Olympic slate. Former Notre Dame fencer Mariel Zagunis (Women’s Individual Sabre, Aug. 1) and incoming freshman Lee Kiefer (Women’s Team Foil, Aug. 2) will also compete this week.