By Karen Price | May 19, 2019, 11:28 a.m. (ET)

U.S. women's foil team poses for a photo after winning silver at the Dubai Women's Epee World Cup on May 19, 2019 in Dubai.

 

It was a silver Sunday for the members of the U.S. women’s epee fencing team, who claimed the No. 2 spot at the world cup stop in Dubai.

The top-ranked U.S. team, which includes Olympians Courtney Hurley, Kelley Hurley and Kat Holmes as well as Catherine Nixon, won its first three matches before falling 41-28 to Poland in the gold-medal match. The Americans fell behind fairly early and struggled to make up ground in subsequent bouts as Poland built up a five-point lead and increased it from there.

The result nonetheless capped a strong weekend for the U.S. women following Courtney Hurley’s silver medal in the individual competition on Saturday, marking her best finish on the world cup circuit. The team result, which was the best for the U.S. women this season, also allowed them to retain their top world ranking.

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The top-seeded U.S. team defeated Switzerland 41-34, then South Korea 43-38 in the quarterfinals. In the semifinals, the U.S. defeated China 45-35 to advance to the championship match.

Next up for the U.S. team will be the world championships in July. Last year the Hurley sisters, Holmes and Amanda Sirico teamed up to win not only the country’s first world championship medal in team history but also the first-ever title. In addition, Courtney Hurley won an individual bronze medal.

The men’s epee team also competed in a world cup on Sunday in Paris, losing to Japan in the round of 16.

Karen Price is a reporter from Pittsburgh who has covered Olympic sports for various publications. She is a freelance contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.